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Old 11-26-2012, 03:24 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies, guys! I will add more info later--hard to type on my phone :( A problem I am having is the strongish scent/ taste of tomato paste. How do I rid of that?
And yes, I did cook the mix for quite a while to thicken. I will repost later with the official sauce's ingredient list which I am trying to replicate.
Well, you have about 6 cups of tomato paste in the sauce. but you don't give the measures of the other ingredients, so it's difficult to give advice. What flavor profile are you trying to achieve?
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #12
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Your recipe sounds too sweet for me. I like the real thing.(hot wing sauce). Spend the twenty bucks. A gallon should go a long way. Also, the price of wings has gone out of sight. I use legs instead. For my sauce I like Franks Hot sauce.
1-cup Franks hot sauce
1/4 lb unsalted butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp celery seed

If you don't want it so hot use 1/2 cup Franks and 1/2 cup honey. Cook and blend till hot and mix in a large bowl and serve.
On the other hand, a good sweet sauce is just , honey mustard sauce.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #14
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Thanks again, everyone.

At our bar-restaurant, we have many flavors (teriyaki, bbq, honey mustard, garlic, garlic parmesan, frank's red hot, buffalo ranch, cajun, lime pepper, garlic pepper, etc). Three of our popular sauces are mild, hot, and lava (all made from Maw's sauce here in Cleveland). Below is the ingredient list for the mild wings:

Tomato Concentrate (tomato concentrate from red vine-ripened tomatoes, corn syrup, distilled vinegar, salt, natural flavors), Brown Sugar, Water, Mustard (distilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, spices), Distilled Vinegar, Spices, Granulated Garlic.

And here is the hot:

Tomato Concentrate, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Corn Syrup, Mustard Seed, Pepper, Salt, Onion Powder, Spices, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Turmeric.

Neither taste like ketchup, although the list of ingredients sure is similar. And neither have a strong tomato paste scent/flavor. How can I neutralize that?

Sorry everyone for the questions...I'm not a very good cook!
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:30 PM   #16
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So now that I have added the ingredient list above, I have another question:

What is tomato concentrate? Was I correct to use tomato paste + water? Is there a tomato concentrate that has less of that "paste" taste to it? Or do I just add more vinegar. Does vinegar neutralize that taste? I have added about 1.5 cups of vinegar.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:47 AM   #17
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I'd get rid of the corn syrup and use a dark amber maple syrup, or even b grade. I'd also skip the pineapple. You got too much sweet going on. Add some sea salt, white, black, and red pepper. And maybe swap out the white vinegar for apple cider vinegar. That might make it less tomatoey.

If you want heat, maybe some puréed jalapeño?
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #18
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Thanks, Slitke. I like your suggestion of the apple cider vinegar. I will have to try out the maple syrup, too, and add some pepper and salt.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #19
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If you don't want it so hot use 1/2 cup Franks and 1/2 cup honey. Cook and blend till hot and mix in a large bowl and serve.
I had to just ask my husband if he had joined the site - that's exactly how he makes them, using legs as well. It is one of the best wing sauces I've ever had! It also is a good compromise for us because he can't stand heat and I love my food SPICY!!!

Now, back to the topic at hand!

If the tomato taste is too overpowering, what if you simply used a little less tomato paste? Then to give it a more robust flavour add a little Worcestershire, cayenne pepper and/or hot sauce. Like has been said already, ditch the corn syrup and try using a bold maple syrup. What about some mustard powder?

Sauces are tricky things because you can just do SO many different things. Play around with it and keep us posted!!
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