November 2019

Japanese White Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. At most American-Japanese restaurants you will find a creamy, spicy, sweet, white sauce that goes by a number of different names. Some call it Yum Yum Sauce, others call it Shrimp Sauce, and I’ve even seen it called Sakura Sauce. Whatever you want to call it, it goes great on grilled meats, fried rice, and vegetables. My college town had a Japanese restaurant that was famous for its white sauce when I went to college (2007-2011). This sauce, which… Read More »Japanese White Sauce

Papa John’s Garlic Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Papa John’s has been serving their garlic sauce with pizzas since they opened. The warm, buttery sauce goes perfectly with pizzas and breadsticks. There are countless recipes online for recreating it (mostly involving mixing garlic powder into melted butter) which make a pretty good result, but there is something off about them. At the secret-sauce.net test kitchen, we wanted to truly rebuild the sauce in a home kitchen, so we started from the ground up. If you look at the… Read More »Papa John’s Garlic Sauce

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. January 18, 2016 was a sad day for fans of Chick-fil-A cole slaw. The company announced that it was removing cole slaw from its menu to make room for more items. This was a devastating blow to Chick-fil-A fans who needed to get their creamy cabbage fix somewhere else. Chick-fil-A along with their announcement released a recipe that you can make at home though. At the secret-sauce.net test kitchen, we’ve been using this recipe for the last couple of years… Read More »Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Chipotle Guacamole

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Chipotle Guacamole was one of the recipes that we have been trying to recreate since the first time that we had it. It is always fresh and creamy and tastes amazing in a burrito or on top of a chip. Luckily for us, Chipotle posted this recipe publicly in April of 2015. They have since removed the page, but we were able to recover it using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. The screenshot to the left is the original post,… Read More »Chipotle Guacamole

Outback (classic) Honey Mustard

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Among connoisseurs of honey mustard there is a general agreement that Outback’s honey mustard is in the top tier of restaurant honey mustards. This dressing and dip is good on salads, sandwiches, vegetables, and especially chicken fingers. Outback used to make their honey mustard in each restaurant fresh daily, but they moved to mass production and sending bags of already-prepared product to the restaurants in 2016. Since then, a lot of people have complained that their honey mustard does not… Read More »Outback (classic) Honey Mustard

Bleu Bayou Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. I have always been a chicken wing lover. During college, we had a weekly “wing night” tradition where a group of us all went to a local bar on Mondays for discounted chicken wings and beers. Since then (it’s been long time) I’ve started making them myself. I’ve gone through all sorts of variations and read hundreds of recipes and watched dozens of YouTube videos on the topic. When I found The Great Chicken Wing Hunt I immediately became… Read More »Bleu Bayou Sauce