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EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

Hi Richard and hello to all that have expressed interest in recreating this amazing recipe. I've been sitting back in the wings watching to see how this has evolved. Where are you as far as this recipe goes? Can you write down the ingredients and the measurements that would produce approx. 16 oz? As a recourse to the EV Brown sauce, does anyone have or can anyone get the recipe for the sauce at Barney's Hickory Pit in Concord? Having had their sauce a number of times, it's about as good as Emil Villa's as I recall. At any rate, lets keep this chain alive... We're all in this for the long haul, right?!!!!!

Feb 21, 2010
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

I posted a recipe quite some time ago that shared several of the ingredients that were in common with the recipe that" jerry i h" posted in the sauce recipe section as Barbeque Sauce a la Emil Villa's. I have to admit that I have not put together either of these recipes and was wondering if anyboby out there has. I sure would like some feedback from anyone who has been pursuing an Emil Villa's clone recipe and has actually given either of these recipes a try. To me, this would be like finding the Holy Grail of barbeque sauce recipes!

Aug 15, 2009
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

So Jerry, have you come up with anything that remotely resembles this sauce? I'm in the mood for some good "Q" this weekend.

Oct 23, 2008
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

It appears that this newly renewed interest in EVB quite possibly may spawn a recipe from someone somewhere. Any chance of somebody out there having a bar-b-que sauce that is not tomato based and more like a gravy? Like I mentioned in a earlier post, I liken this to a Salisbury Staek sauce. Hopefully if the word gets out to enough people, we may yet fulfill our desire to have a recipe for this unconventional "Q" sauce. Lets not lose sight of the fact that Emil Villa and Barney don't have a patent on this type of sauce and there probably are other restaurants that have a similar concoction.

Feb 11, 2008
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

Thank you for your clarification Melanie. Hopefully if we capture more people's attention with this post, we quite possibly can pull together as a team and come up with a clone recipe. My impression is that it is similar to what would be considered a Salisbury Steak Sauce with a hint of mushroom, onion, ketchup and liquid smoke. The EV Brown starts with a beef base, not a tomato base. I thought I'd begin by offering this as a possible starting point. I have yet to try it though. If there is someone out there that likes to experiment in the kitchen and is up for the challenge, lets play with this and see what happens.

Add 2 cps water to saucepan
2 tsp Beef Base (such as "Better Than Bouillon")
4-6 tblsp Cornstarch
2-4 tblsp Corn Oil
1 tblsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/4 cp Ketchup (maybe less)
2 Tsp Liquid Smoke
Kitchen Bouquet Browning Sauce
Salt & Pepper

Heat up all of the above and stir until it thickens to the proper consistency. In the meantime saute the following in a little corn oil until the onions are golden.

1 small white onion - diced
6 Button mushrooms - sliced & diced
1 lg clove garlic - minced

Puree the above in a blender and then toss it in the saucepan and VOILA!

Dec 30, 2007
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

EV Brown Sauce recipe? (Split from SF Board)

Greetings to all of you EV Brown Sauce lovers! My wife and I took my mother out to lunch yesterday to the Hickory Pit and guess what we had? Those ribs really brought back memories of when my grandparents, my parents and my two brothers and I would go their for dinner in the late 50's early 60's. I was born and raised in Walnut Creek and my two older brothers attended Las Lomas HS directly accross the street from the restaurant. I'm now in search of the EV Brown Sauce recipe and do hope that my search isn't in vain. Surely someone out there has something close. I still have my wife's leftover ribs in the refrigerator that I can only savor for one or two more days! Please help me so I don't have to go through the Brown Sauce withdrawal and make my Christmas a memorable one!

PS - I too use to eat the bar-b-que at Barney's lots of times in the early 70"s when I worked down that same strip at Payless Paint Center. Does anyone have Barney's sauce recipe which was very similiar to EV's?

Dec 23, 2007
Brad Goeppert in Home Cooking

Emil Villa'a barbeque sauce

Greetings to all of you EV Brown Sauce lovers! My wife and I took my mother out to lunch yesterday to the Hickory Pit and guess what we had? Those ribs really brought back memories of when my grandparents, my parents and my two brothers and I would go their for dinner in the late 50's early 60's. I was born and raised in Walnut Creek and my two older brothers attended Las Lomas HS directly accross the street from the restaurant. I'm now in search of the EV Brown Sauce recipe and do hope that my search isn't in vain. Surely someone out there has something close. I still have my wife's leftover ribs in the refrigerator that I can only savor for one or two more days! Please help me so I don't have to go through the Brown Sauce withdrawal and make my Christmas a memorable one!

Dec 23, 2007
Brad Goeppert in San Francisco Bay Area