Darn Good Sweet 'n Sour Dipping Sauce!

Darn Good Sweet n Sour Sauce

honey Ted and I are fans of  Firebowl's  Sweet 'n Sour Sauce. It's usually on the thicker and sweeter side. It's great dipping sauce. We're more of a fan of that than having the meat / veggies cooked with it. This recipe turned out yummy. It was really close. It doesn't have oil in it, which it seems the FB one does, and there's a bit more of a tangy bite w/ FB's.  But it's a really close contender, that we really enjoyed! It's Darn Good Sweet 'n Sour Sauce.  Give it a try, see what you think...

Here's where I got the recipe! 

We pretty much followed a version of the recipe except we weren't able to use white vinegar. I guess that's popular as a cleaning supply right now, so none to be found. A nice young lady at Whole Foods turned honey Ted to the rice vinegar, which seems to have a little less bite/ tang to it.The reason our sauce is more sweet than sour. If you have white vinegar, and want more tang, go for it.  We also used unsweetened (already sweet) pineapple juice rather than water, which made for a sweeter blend (Trader Joe's is yummy) .
It was awesomely yummy dipping sauce with our chicken tenders, and even tator tots during our movie date night watching Judy. Another movie honey Ted and I would agree on is a must watch whether you are into Judy Garland (Dorthy / Wizard of Oz) or not. It's a great character movie, that will leave you looking / grabbing for the tissues. Renée Zellweger totally deserved winning the Oscar for the role. She was JUDY! Watch it and you'll see! 

Okay... back to the recipe:

Darn Good Sweet ' n Sour Sauce


  • 1⁄2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon regular soy sauce ( we used lower sodium)
  • 1⁄3 cup white vinegar (substituted rice vinegar)
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup cold unsweetened pineapple juice (cold water less sweet and thinner)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (thick.. 1 TBSP less thinner)


  • In a saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients until combined.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk the cold pineapple juice with cornstarch until smooth and combined, then whisk in ketchup mixture.
  • Put in a pot and bring to a boil stirring or whisking constantly over medium-high heat until bubbly and thickened (the sauce will continue to thicken more while simmering).
  • Cool slightly and use immediately or refrigerate.

The next day it was even better dipping sauce, so it does well sitting in the frig. It's thick, so you may want to add a teaspoon or 2 of water to the amount you are using when heating up in the microwave for whatever thickness you may like. It's Darn Good Sweet 'n Sour Sauce for us!  honey Ted, Rudy & Heather

Darn Good Sweet n Sour Sauce