H. P. Steak Sauce

"HP Sauce to the British is like Ketchup to every North American. It took me years to create this clone, it's original, and it's perfect. Try it for yourself. Recipe volume can be increased 4 times without flavour loss."
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Ready In:
1hr 55mins
500 ml




  • In a large pot, add water, white vinegar, tomato paste, corn syrup, orange juice concentrate, dates, molasses, apple juice, and tamarind pulp. Stir to blend. Over medium heat and covered, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and simmer covered for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Using a spice grinder, thoroughly grind onion powder, cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom, garlic powder, mustard seed, cayenne, salt, and cinnamon.
  • After simmering in step #1, use an immersion Blender to purée mixture and reduce lumps. Add ground spice mixture to pot, stir to blend and simmer (covered) for another 30 - 45 minutes.
  • Add cider vinegar to pot, stir to blend and return to a simmer. When pot has reached a simmer, remove from heat and strain hot mixture through a wire strainer into a clean pot. Keep liquid, discard pulp. Rinse original pot and restrain mixture back into original pot, return to heat and simmer until thick.
  • Ladle hot sauce mixture into hot, prepared sealable bottles and seal. Allow to cool. Keeps indefinitely in cupboard, refrigerate after opening.

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  1. The flavour is very good but why wouldn’t the sauce thicken? I simmered the sauce for 2 hours and it’s still very watery.??
  2. Bless you! Sometimes finding HP is so difficult. When my local Brit. supplier is out, I am bereft! Now I can make mine own. Thank you!
  3. I visited England last summer and fell in love with this steak sauce. I made this recipe this summer and it is very good. It takes some effort making this but worth it.


Born in the 1950's in Manchester, England and immigrated to Canada while still young and impressionable. Raised by blue blood british parents who, with staunch british authority, brought me up often kicking and screaming on traditional English fare. From this came my passion for true and authentic British dishes and condiments. As these items were not to be found on Canadian menus or in stores, my only recourse was to recreate them myself. I've been successfully cloning the Brand Name guys for over 30 years to the delight of friends and strangers alike. My hope is you will enjoy them too.
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