Hal’s Grubstake BBQ Sauce

Hal’s Grubsteak was a restaurant located in Yuba City, California that has since closed. The restaurant was very well-known to locals as having the best BBQ sauce in town. During its hay-day it was the “in” place to grab a bite for lunch or dinner.  Their BBQ Sauce is a bit different that your typical recipe and it still quite a coveted flavor.

Since the restaurant is closed, maybe someone has the exact recipe out there, but if you are looking for a copycat replacement recipe give ours a try.

Hal’s Grubsteak Copycat BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 large can of peaches with juice
2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
2/3 cup soy sauce
2 3/4 cups brown sugar
5 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons garlic salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

In a large mixing bowl combine together all of the above ingredients in the order they are given in the recipe. If you are not using the sauce immediately, you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days. This sauce is great brushed onto chicken, steaks, ribs and even hamburgers!

Next time you are looking for a sauce with a unique flavor all its own, give Hals Grubsteak  BBQ Sauce a try.  Who knows?  It may become a favorite of yours, just like the residents in Yuba City.


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3 Responses to “Hal’s Grubstake BBQ Sauce”

  1. J Russell said:

    Jun 09, 12 at 7:59 pm

    Coveted flavor? Yes! Anyone who ever had a Dudeburger with this sauce or dipped their fries or carrot curls in it were hooked. I’ll never forget this flavor.

    Unfortunately, the recipie was a highly guarded secret and the orginal owner refused even to write it down. He refused to sell the recipie even when the restaurant changed ownership! Sadly, the recipie died with him. As the saying goes, “always leave them wanting more.”

  2. Anna said:

    Jul 06, 13 at 7:58 pm

    I am very familiar with Hals Grubsteak BBQ sauce as I ate there at least twice a week for Years! Under the original owners. My daughter, who is now 31 years old, has the BBQ Sauce as her first real food. She was a baby when she first tasted the sauce on a French fry. She continued to dip the fry and suck off the juice til her little dipping bowl was empty. At one point her fry broke off in her mouth and we had to fish it out because she had not had solid food yet. To this day she LOVES BBQ sauces and searches the Internet every year in hopes someone will publish the recipe for Hals BBQ Sauce.

    She is the one who sent me the link to this post. I am going to make this recipe and we will let you know if we think it is close to the original or not. Thanks for sharing!

  3. gary seufert said:

    Dec 14, 13 at 8:04 pm

    i used to deliver the papers to hals grubsteak at 4am..the cook would invite me in..for a piece of hot apple pie..while he was puttin’ the ribs in..(200,,for 8 hrs.)…i’ve been tryin’ for over 50yrs to get the sauce down,..i’ve come close a couple times..i can pretty much tell ya,..there aren’t any peaches in it…i’m 64 now and i haven’t stopped tryin’…my sauce is the best in the country,…but it ain’t HAL’S…just try to think of what was available in about 1958..to make large quanity’s..it can sit in the sun without refrigeration..good luck, i’m not gonna quit. regards gary

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