1: Running out
2: Paying exorbitant prices for it
Following this simple - and customizable - recipe, you can make your own steak sauce that is surprisingly similar, and possibly superior to those store-bought kinds. Plus, it's so much cheaper, you don't need to save it for special occasions.
What you'll need to make about 8oz of sauce: (You may already have it all!)
-6oz Tomato Ketchup/Catsup (I just use store brand)
-1.5oz Worcestershire sauce (again using the cheap brand here)
-Hot sauce to taste (Optional - I like Tabasco, but try whatever you like)
-8oz empty food-safe bottle (I suppose you could reuse a commercial steak sauce bottle)
Step 1: Start with the Ketchup
Add about 6oz of ketchup to the bottle. If you have one of the squeeze bottles of ketchup, this is easy. Just don't overfill - too much ketchup makes the whole thing taste like, well, ketchup.
Step 2: Add the Worcestershire
Use a funnel to save the countertop. If you try to use the bottle's built-in orifice reducer (the thing that makes it "spit" little bits out) then you'll make a mess and it will take forever. If you are using the "fancy" brands that have the orifice reducer stuck into the bottle, either pop it out with pliers or a fork, or consider filling a small dish/glass and then transferring into the narrow neck bottle.
Step 3: Spice it up!
I like Tabasco hot sauce for this because it can add a good deal of heat without adding too much more acidity from vinegar. Sriracha and chili paste also work great, but I suspect that if you like the flavor of the hot sauce, you'll like it in the steak sauce.
Step 4: Fire up the grill!
-Add a clove of very finely chopped garlic
-Substitute a generous amount of black pepper for the hot sauce
-Dilute with water and use as a marinade
-Look over your spices and try adding some of what you like - but if you use powdered spices, leave it in the fridge for a day before you pass judgement or use it
-Print your own labels and impress your friends at your next BBQ
Be sure to keep it refrigerated as most ketchups will tell you to do so, and since this is mostly ketchup, it's probably a good idea.