Chefs are well known for their signature sauces, from steak sauces to hot, spicy and funky sauces. And while they're not giving away their closely guarded recipes any time soon, they are bottling the magic so we can enjoy those flavours at home too.
Whether you're grilling, entertaining or re-creating comfort food favourites at home, chefs' sauces are a great way of adding a pro touch to your BBQ, or simply some oomph to your fried eggs.
From Mashama Bailey at The Grey's Comeback Sauce to Greg Baxtrom from Brooklyn's Olmsted's Aji Hot Sauce, here's the arsenal of essential chef-made sauces that'll make your condiment cupboard sing this season.
Essential Chef Sauces
Taquiza Hot Sauce - $30 Two Pack
The Miami beach traditional Mexican taquería, founded by Steve Santana in 2014, is known for crafting authentic tacos and traditional Mexican street fare. Now you can enjoy those flavours all week long by getting your hands on two of Taquiza's best-selling homemade hot sauces.
Keens Steak Sauce - $18
New York City steakhouse Keens has bottled its savoury sauce for all your grilled meat needs. It's made with ripe tomatoes and other secret sundries.
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous sauce is shipping nationwide in the US. Check out their famous sauces for ribs, pork shoulder, baked potatoes, french fries, hamburgers and more, and forget your usual salsa or ketchup.
Chef Mashama Bailey at The Grey in historic downtown Savannah is filling jars with Comeback Sauce, which will have you quite literally coming back for more, whether on sandwiches, burgers or simply dippin' in.
NYC's Daily Provisions' famous spicy and flavourful Wake-Up Sauce will up the zing in your bacon, egg and cheese breakfast, rotisserie chicken, and much more.
XO Sauce - Olmsted - $15
Chef Greg Baxtrom is sharing this umami-packed Olmsted classic. It's made from roughly chopped dried seafood, including scallops, fish and shrimp, cooked with chilli peppers, onion and garlic, and is perfect with baked fish. They also have Aji Dulce Hot Sauce ($12)
Society BBQ Sauce - $39
Miami chef Richard Hales is bottling the restaurant's ketchup-based sauce with a secret spice blend with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard and a pantry full of ingredients.
Chef Stephanie Izard from Girl & the Goat is bottling her globally-inspired flavours for people to enjoy at home.
Fans of Danny Meyer's Roman-style trattoria Maialino can now tuck into their signature sauces: Amatriciana, Pork Bolognese, and Cacio e Pepe, without having to leave the house.
Chef duo Sicily Johnson and Mavis-Jay Sanders started bottling their hot sauce after customers couldn't get enough of it. It's made from peppers, salt and vinegar (and a good dose of 'integrity', jokes Sanders).
Chefs Keith Corbin and Daniel Patterson are now retailing their bright Tabasco-like hot sauce, usually served alongside Alta Adams’ signature fried chicken, for customers that can't get enough.
The LA pizzeria’s bottled hot sauce has taken off since the pandemic. It features Fresno chillies, but also blends in roasted garlic, caramelised onions, white wine vinegar and salt, sweetened with dates and delivers a savoury, robust, complex and acidic flavour.
El Chilito Hot Sauce - $8-$10
Think chile de arbol, toasted sesame seeds, piloncillo, garlic, pepper, vinegar, oregano and salt, a harmonious combination in a bottle.
Holy Sauce by Holy Basil - $12
Downtown LA Thai-food outpost Holy Basil is selling a funky, hot Holy Sauce for dipping, marinating and dousing. It's made from a combination of fish sauce, palm sugar and fresh lime juice with chopped garlic, green bird’s eye chiles and makrut.
Mama’s Way by Woon - $7- $12 for two
Chilli garlic sauce and white vinegar combine to create Mama’s Way, which the team at LA's Woon say is good to use with everything, from Woon noodle dishes and Mama Fong’s Five Spice Chicken Wings, to eggs, avocado toast, pizza, soups, tacos, and pretty much anything else.