Anne Maxfield’s do-it-yourself steak sauce recipe is similar to the house steak sauce at Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn. To make the sauce, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Mince 1/4 cup of onion, which is approximately 1/2 of a small onion, and 2 cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the oil, and cook them until the onion is tender, approximately 15 minutes. Do not brown the onion.
To the onion and garlic, add 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Stir the ingredients until they come to a simmer, and then add 1 cup of tomato sauce. Allow the ingredients to simmer together for another minute.
Remove the sauce from the stove, and allow it to cool. Add 2 tablespoons of horseradish and 1/2 of a chipotle pepper. Taste the sauce, and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
Blend the sauce until smooth in a food processor or blender, and then serve it. For variations on this recipe, substitute half a can of diced tomatoes with juice for the tomato sauce or apple cider vinegar for the red wine vinegar. Serve the sauce with steak, burgers or hot dogs, or use it as a glaze for pork chops.