Lawrence G. Townsend

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Secret Sauce

While promoting the book in Southern California in the late spring of 2002, I may have had more fun than any lawyer should be allowed. I appeared at Macy's Cellar in L.A. and Orange County with local culinary favorite, Alexx Guevara. While I talked about the book, Chef Alexx did better; he prepared and shared with everyone his interpretation of the Wholly Grill BBQ sauce with Smoke Crystals. True, there is no substitute for that addictive laser-enhanced sauce in the book, but this tasty treat is excellent as a kind of methadone treatment for hardened barbecue junkies.


1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Onions - chopped
One 14 oz. Can tomato puree
1 1/4 cp. Cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. Packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp. Chili powder
2 Tbsp. Molasses
cp. Fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. Liquid smoke
5 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 cp. Sugar in the Raw

1) Heat oil in a heavy large saucepan. Add the onions and saute over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes.
2) Add all the remaining ingredients, except for the Sugar in the Raw; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for at least 3 hours.
3) Puree sauce in 2 or more batches to prevent it from spilling. Mix in Sugar in the Raw.

Makes 2 quarts

Secrets of the Wholly Grill
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