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Uncle Bill's Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Uncle Bill's Sweet and Sour Sauce

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"An excellent finger-lickin' sweet and sour sauce for dippin' your chicken! This sauce is also very good to use for baking spare ribs."

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  1. In a medium skillet combine the vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add pineapple juice concentrate, monosodium glutamate, ketchup, soy sauce, seasoning salt and garlic powder and bring to a boil. Stir until well blended. Add red food coloring.
  2. Meanwhile, in a cup mix together water and cornstarch until fully dissolved. While sauce is boiling, add cornstarch mixture slowly, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens slightly. Do not add mixture all at once as the sauce could get too thick. Use only enough cornstarch to thicken to your desired consistency. When desired consistency is reached, voila! The sauce is ready!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 03, 2005

I adore this recipe! I use it for sweet and sour chicken at least once every two weeks. My husband and I are addicted to it! :) I don't add the msg or food coloring and the color is fine with me, but if I were serving it to company I would probably add the color just to make it brighter. Thanks so much for this recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 03, 2003

The recipe would be fine without the dreaded MSG, and the red food coloring.


70 Ratings

Aug 07, 2006

I tried this sauce tonight for use in my new restaurant. It was exactly what I was looking for and tasted GREAT! I omitted the MSG and food coloring. I reduced the vinegar by a 1/4 cup and used salt sparingly. A must have recipe for any sweet & sour dish.

Dec 03, 2003

This sauce is so good that I was cleaning the pan with a spoon!

Sep 21, 2011

I did not use the MSG or the food coloring but I did add a touch of red pepper flake. Even without that, this tasted pretty close to restaurant-made sweet and sour sauce. My husband thought it was a little too sour and I thought it was a touch too salty so I might play with the vinegar and salt a little.

Apr 28, 2005

This was an easy and tasty sauce. If MSG bothers you, (as it does me) leave it out! The sauce is just as good. I also left out the food colouring. The teensiest bit out onion powder is great too. Great, easy, and tasty sauce!

Nov 15, 2005

This was a tasty sauce. A little too vinegary for me, but my family says it is one to keep for my regular meal list. I will adjust it just slightly next time, a bit less vinegar and a bit more cornstartch. *** Remade last week (11/8) reducing vinegar by 1/4 c, increased juice (canned) by 1/4 c, increased soy to 1/4 c and cornstarch to 3 TBSP. We liked it better this way.

Apr 19, 2006

I really liked this recipe for a classic S&S sauce. I made a few adjustments to fit what I had on hand. I reduced the vinegar as suggested to 3/4c. Did not have pineapple concentrate so I used the liquid from 1 can of pineapple. As a result I had to slightly increase the cornstarch but I mixed it with some of the pineapple liquid so it would not "water down" my sauce. I also slightly increased the salt. I do not cook with MSG and I don't think it was needed. I served over sauted veggies,pineapple, chicken, and rice. My two year old even enjoyed this one.


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  • Calories
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 556 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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