While the name might imply pain and suffering through fire-breathing heat, Red Dragon features a clean heat that warms the palate and tickles the taste buds. It is a great alternative to traditional sugary BBQs sauces and overpowering store-bought concoctions. Try it over grilled chicken or slather over a dog with some grilled onions and bacon – either way you can go wrong!
Red Dragon Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 7 3/4 oz can Mexican hot style tomato sauce (see note below)
1/2 cup spiced rum
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
ground black pepper (to taste)
In a saucepan, over low heat, mix the ingredients together and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes while stirring occasionally. Cool, and refrigerate until ready to use.
We use the El Pato brand Tomato Sauce (Mexican Hot Style) that can be found at most supermarkets here in the southwest. While this gives the sauce a lot of the signature heat, try substituting other brands if El Pato is not available in your area. Just make sure it’s a hot style tomato sauce, not salsa.