What Is Anso Sauce?

What is Anso sauce? i have a recipe for a marinade for pork ribs. One of the ingredients is Anso sauce. I haven't a clue what it is. It's obviously something you can get in the U.S. and not available here in Malta. Does anyone know what I can use as a substitute? Please try not to give brand names of alternatives. There's a good chance that I won't know what you're talking about either, as they may not be available here. A description of its uses and basic ingredients would be just fine. MANY, MANY, THANKS!


Cettina from Malta, Europe

February 4, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Cettina,

I did a quick internet search and I couldn't find ANYTHING called Anso Sauce. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA and I do a lot of cooking and watch a lot of cooking shows. It must be an ethnic sauce from somewhere else or maybe even a typo.

I did find a recipe that called for it, I bet it is the same one you have.


Good Luck!

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I'd guess that Anso sauce is sauce made from ancho peppers (what a poblano pepper is called when it's been dried). Ancho peppers are mildly spicy, and for the recipe that Jess_admin linked to seems as if that would be a good fit.

I also noticed that in the linked recipe, the only capitalised ingredients are "Karo" and "Anso", which makes me think Anso could be a brand name, and so changeed slightly from ancho for trademark purposes.

If you're trying to re-create the recipe, any sort of mild hot sauce would likely work, perhaps one that's more smoky since vinegar is already added in the linked recipe.

Hope that helps!

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

Many French recipes refer to anso sauce, as in, "add 1 tablespoon anso sauce". I take it this is something that is bought, not made. I love to cook and keep up with food trends but I've never heard of anso sauce.

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I think it may have been a misprint. There is Ancho sauce as in Ancho Chile Sauce made from Ancho Chiles (which is a dried Poblano chile... or the ground powder of the dried Ancho Chiles.



Recipes for the sauce:

http://www.google.com/search?num=10 ... ncho+Chile+Sauce+%22&btnG=Search

It is used in rib recipes:

http://www.google.com/search?num=10 ... +Chile+Sauce%22+ribs&btnG=Search

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

thanks everyone! i got the recipe from a website called cooks.com but ive got the idea of what it is now - seems to be a mild chilli sauce. thats not a prob. can find that here in malta. once again, my friends from thriftyfun have sorted out my problem! thankyou so much.

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

I agree, it must be Ancho sauce. It comes here in a can, many times in a spanish section of your grocery store. The smoked ancho peppers sit in a tomato type of sauce. Many recipies call for the sauce, a bit here and there, because it can be spicy. Basically, its because of the smoky flavor it is used, there for the ribs make sense.

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

Could it possibly be Ah so sauce?


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