Brown sauce. The classic condiment, beloved in the UK and Ireland. For some people, a fry-up just isn’t a fry-up without it. Many of our customers swear by good old HP Sauce. For others, nothing but Chef Brown Sauce will do. And of course, they’re great. But what if you fancy something a little, dare we say it, fancier? Something a bit less mass-produced, a bit more hand-made? Enter Wilkin and Sons with their Steak Sauce.
Interestingly, in the UK, this stuff is known simply as Brown Sauce, but here in Germany Wilkin and Sons have chosen to market it as Steak Sauce. We’re not sure why, but we’re speculating it’s because they want to let German folks know what to do with it! Granted, brown sauce is strange stuff if you haven’t grown up with it. It’s not quite like ketchup, nor the barbecue sauces which are increasingly common in Germany. Table sauces in general aren’t such a big thing in Germany, so maybe Wilkin and Sons are right to spell out what this stuff is for. But if you’ve spent any time at all in the UK or Ireland, you will know what brown sauce is all about.
So what’s so special about Wilkin and Sons brown sauce? One look at it will tell you we’re dealing with something a cut above the usual. It has a rich, deep colour that is, yes, brown, but distinctly redder than other brown sauces. This must be down to the liberal use of ripe, fruity tomatoes. We say “must be”, because while the ingredients are on the label, the specific recipe is a closely guarded secret!
As for the taste, well, it’s a lot like your usual brown sauce, just… better. Rich, fruity, tangy, with just a hint of smokiness.