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Copy Cat Recipe for Richmond's Bill's Barbecue Hot Sauce

Thank you, Linda!!!!! Our heroine!!! And thanks to Frank, too. Well, I'm eating humble pie WITHOUT hot sauce. It DOES have tomato in it. Back to copycat sauce makin'...will be trying Linda's recipe now. Thanks again for posting the ingredients.

Oct 19, 2012
mavora in Home Cooking

Copy Cat Recipe for Richmond's Bill's Barbecue Hot Sauce

The fermented cayenne pepper sauce is good, but tastes nothing like Bill's sauce. It tastes "raw", so I am guessing that Bill's is a cooked sauce. So I guess I'll try some cooking next... Will keep y'all posted!
P.S. I haven't tried Linda's recipe. I don't think that Bill's Hot Sauce has any tomato in it. Being a NC style BBQ fan, using tomato in barbecue sauce is just something I can't bring myself to do. For me, any BBQ sauce with tomato in it speaks of Texas. I call that stuff "Texas Barbecue", never to be confused with "barbecue" which involves pork, smoke, vinegar, cayenne pepper, maybe some black pepper and salt, but that's about it! :) This is why I am intrigued by the "dry mustard" which hokie2009 has mentioned. Could there be mustard in Richmond's Bill's Barbecue Hot Sauce? Hmmmm....

Oct 10, 2012
mavora in Home Cooking

Copy Cat Recipe for Richmond's Bill's Barbecue Hot Sauce

Glad to know that I'm not the only one who is grieving the loss of the Hot Sauce. cwhiteside is my fellow mourner and we both want to know how hokie2009 knows that it has a dry mustard base. I do not have a bottle in my possession. I live on the west coast now. I tried to get my sister to go buy me a bottle before they closed, but I don't think she did it. I recall, as cwhiteside said, that the main ingredients WERE cayenne pepper, vinegar, spices....
Let's figure out that recipe!
Last week I started a fermented cayenne pepper sauce with mustard seeds and a tiny bit of vinegar and a tiny bit of cabbage (for the pickle juice??). It's not ready to try yet, but I'll post when it is. I just wish I had a bottle of the old sauce for side by side comparison.

Sep 23, 2012
mavora in Home Cooking

BBQ in Richmond!

How do you know that Bill's hot sauce has a dry mustard base? I've also read something about pickle juice?? I'm in a panic (not really, but you know) because they are closing and I have never figured out a copycat recipe for their hot sauce. I just want their hot sauce. Sigh.

Sep 13, 2012
mavora in Mid-Atlantic

Bill's Barbecue closing remaining locations Sept 16

So sad. Bill's is a Richmond institution. We have a family tradition of one Bill's BBQ meal during the stay of any visiting family members. We just get a couple of pounds with the fixins. To me their hot sauce is the best thing they have. I have never tasted any other like it and I am going to REALLY miss it. It seems to me that someone should be able to purchase the recipes and re-open with an updated presentation?? But I think that the idea of selling pie and SAUCE recipes to Ukrops and letting Ukrops offer the product in their stores is better than no Bill's at all forever. I just can't imagine Richmond without Bill's. Well, I'm still working on getting used to Richmond without Thalheimer's and Charles Chips!

Sep 13, 2012
mavora in Mid-Atlantic

Bill's Barbecue closing remaining locations Sept 16

Great idea! I really want the HOT SAUCE more than the pies or even the BBQ.

Sep 13, 2012
mavora in Mid-Atlantic