Sweet Sour Sauce Secrets

"With a little imagination, and some courage, the quest for unique sweet sour sauce can be fulfilled with this simple formula. First thing to try to appreciate is that cooking is a creative sport. SO... Here is a formula that will lead to your own Great Sweet Sour Sauce."
photo by Peter J photo by Peter J
photo by Peter J
photo by Bill Hilbrich photo by Bill Hilbrich
Ready In:
1 batch


  • 14 cup ketchup (or 1/4 cup other tomato based sauce)
  • 14 cup brown sugar (like honey) or 1/4 cup another sweetener (like honey)
  • 14 cup vinegar (I use white but others use wine or apple)
  • 14 cup fruit juice (I use pineapple but some people use cherry or orange or 1/8 cup apple and 1/8 cup orange)


  • The point is that as long as you stick to the basic idea of tomato/sweetener/vinegar/sweet liquid --
  • You can Create your own Sweet Sour Sauce.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do you know how well it keeps in the fridge?


  1. I was in a pinch and needed a quick home made S&S sauce and this really fit the "Bill". Quick, easy and perfectly apportioned ingredients. I added a few shakes of red pepper flakes b/c we really like a sauce with a kick. An added bonus is this freezes extremely well.
  2. Nice one Bill! I used the basic recipe then stirred through a few teaspoons of cornflour blended with water to thicken and added bell peppers, sauted onion and pineapple to make a great sweet and sour chicken.
  3. I've been making this and adding jars of it to my gift baskets. This stuff is awesome! Easy and customizable and a very unique addition to the baskets. Thanks for a keeper!
  4. I needed a quick recipe for some frozen appetizers and cut this recipe in half (ketchup, honey, apple cider vinegar, orange juice), added a little cornstarch and cooked in the microwave on high for one minute. Good sauce with pantry ingredients--How can I complain? Next time, I will probably add a little ginger and garlic, and maybe cut back on the vinegar a little--the taste was good, but the smell of the vinegar was a little much. Thanks!
  5. Awesome! I was in a hurry and this was fantastic. My daughter loved it. So quick and easy. Thanks!~


  1. i use msg a lil and water instead of fruit juice, since i havent done grochery yet. but its yummy.. i bet my hubby will like this. since it his fave one... thanks...


Some of you know me as Brother William. No, I am not really a Monk, but I have grown to enjoy my simple and solo lifestyle. My love for humanity is based on fellowship rather than sensuality. I PROMISE that I will never share a recipe unless I have tasted the food. Most of the recipes are mine, but I have included a few classics, and some recipes that were written by very creative people, that are just so good that I had to share. From time to time I have found recipes with my name on them in print magazines, but they are always altered in some way by the publisher. So there is no reason why you should not add your own personal touch. If you leave this page with just one thought, I hope that it would be that Cooking is a Creative Sport. I grew up in Glenview Illinois, just north of Chicago. My Mother loved those little exotic cookbooks, that were sold as a weekly series in grocery stores in the 1950's. I was taught to eat whatever was put on my plate so I ate food from a different culture every week. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Mediterranean. After leaving my Mother's table, I have lived and enjoyed eating in Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska, before settling in Saint Cloud, Minnesota in 1975. After a 30 year marriage with mixed reviews, I am now pleasantly single again, and plan to stay that way. Up until recently, I had occupied my evenings just talking with people and sometimes sharing recipes, while soliciting donations for Non-Profit Organizations. Yes .. that's right, for over 20 years, I was a Telemarketer. The perfect job for a Taurus. I enjoy reading cook books the same way most people read novels,and I am still improving my skills in the art of Solo Cooking. However; my true passion will always be sharing my favorite recipes with all of you.
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