LOCAL FLAVOR: Hot Dipping Sauce from Carl Core and Wesley Dean Johnson

Carla Core Brown

If you are interested in making a delectable dipping sauce for your homemade steak fingers, then look no further than this recipe. The ingredients are few but the combination is simply award winning! My family thinks this sauce is fabulous slathered onto just about anything. Our particular all-time “slathering favorite” is steak fingers. If we can’t whip up this sauce when serving, then you can bet we are going to defer to the “why-even-bother-rule!”

Daddy was given this dipping sauce recipe by his life-long friend, Wesley Dean Johnson. They met in the early 1930s, before either entered first grade, graduated from Hominy High School, served in the army together, and remained the dearest of friends until Wesley Dean left for Heaven at the age of 63 in March of 1996.

Their friendship might best be described by a line taken from an old Tim McGraw song, they were, “the kind of friend a friend would like to have.” In a world where real FRIENDS are rare treasures, my Daddy, (Carl Core) and Wesley Dean truly reflected the Bible Proverb, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

HOT DIPPING SAUCE from Carl Core and Wesley Dean Johnson

1 large onion, coarsely chopped, 1 full bottle of BROOKS ketchup, ½ bottle of Worcestershire sauce, 1-small bottle of Tabasco but only pour in half the bottle, then season with a little black pepper. Simmer on the stove top over the LOWEST HEAT POSSIBLE, for approximately one hour. Stir the sauce occasionally. **Now, how’s that for a little LOCAL FLAVOR?