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Aug 17, 2008 03:53 PM

HP brown sauce... is A-1 sauce the same thing?

I've never found brown sauce here in the midwest, but a friend from England mailed some to me to try. It looked like A-1 but to me didn't taste the same and the ingredients were different.

This is a break out from the "what to put on your hot dog thread"
But i'm curious.....

Can you find brown sauce in the US?
And either way, is brown sauce the same as A1?

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  1. In answer to your first question, yes, you can. Whether you can find HP Sauce in your own part of the US is another question. But here in Boston I can buy it in the UK section of my local supermarket.

    In answer to the second question - well, I can't really understand why you asked the second question, because your own comments show the answer. No, HP Sauce is not the same as A-1. It doesn't taste the same and the ingredients are different.


      HP Sauce contains; Water, Vinegar, Dates, Glucose-Fructose, Black Strap Molasses, Tomato Paste, Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Orange Juice Concentrate, Onion, Spices, Tamarind Extract, Apple Juice Concentrate, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Mustard Flour.

      Brown Sauce can be found at any specialty store that sell British Products.

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      1. re: KTinNYC

        Proportions may not be the same, but the basic ingredients are similar - tomato, vinegar, fruit (dates/raisins), orange flavor, garlic, herbs.

        1. re: paulj

          Agreed, but you also have very similar ingredients in Lea and Perrins and no one would say A-1 is the same thing as Lea and Perrins.

        2. re: KTinNYC

          Wow. I always thought A-1 had anchovies in it. Regardless, it's delicious. HP is bland.

          1. re: southernitalian

            A-1 use to have anchovies as an ingredient but it has since been removed. I read this a while back. I don't know why this was done. Ick factor? Cost? Maybe someone on these board knows for sure.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              I know this is an old question, but the anchovies were removed so that kosher consumers could use the A1 sauce in the cooking of meat products.

              While kosher laws consider fish neutral and alloww eating it with either meat or dairy, fish may NOT be cooked in the same pot as meat.

              So, A! with anchovies could be put on an already cooked kosher steak, but could not be added to a pot of beef stew being cooked.

              1. re: bagelman01

                People add A1 to beef stew? Yuk. I have to say, I would have never thought of adding A1 to anything other than a cooked piece of meat or maybe steak and eggs.

                1. re: Jen76

                  A1 used to publish a pamphlet of recipes that used A1 in the cooking

                  1. re: Jen76

                    a-1 is good in shepherd's pie. i can see it in stew & meatloaf. too.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Not a big meatloaf lover. Maybe A1 would help!

                      1. re: alkapal

                        "a-1 is good in shepherd's pie."
                        So is HP sauce!

                    2. re: bagelman01

                      ehat a ridiculous antiquated rule. There was probably a reason for it around the year 800, but today?

                2. re: KTinNYC

                  Always wondered if the states had a UK section like we have a US section in supermarkets. I can imagine it being in a dark corner with a Ricky Gervais-esque character luring you in. 'Try some HP sauce, it's bloody lovely.'

                  1. re: ahughes94

                    Some US supermarkets have them: Heinz Baked Beanz, digestives, Aero bars, and the like -- and yes, HP sauce as well.

                    1. re: ahughes94

                      Of course we have UK food sections, otherwise, where would we get this?


                      1. re: ferret

                        Ooooh spotted dick - bang a bit of condensed milk on top and you're laughing!

                  2. I'm not sure where you are in the midwest, but you can pick up HP sauce at Meijer's which is a grocery chain in Michigan. However, it might just be me, but I think the HP they sell in the UK is spicier than what you get here in the US. So, I always head to Canada when I need a refill.

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                    1. re: grouper

                      Hi grouper .. could you tell me where in Canada (which stores) you visit to buy your HP? I have just moved to Kamloops (BC) to go to Uni there and am *desperate* for some HP for my fried food.

                      Thanks in advance


                      1. re: hammondreg

                        I live in Toronto, and EVERY major supermarket has HP (regular), HP Chicken and Rib (aka "Fruity" in the UK), and HP Bold. And I've lived in Ottawa, Waterloo, London, and Windsor, and I've never been unable to find it. I'm amazed you can't get it in BC.

                    2. no no no, HP is thicker than A1 and fruitier. In Florida we can get it in Publix in the British section. Thank goodness because I love it on fried eggs on toast.

                      1. I've seen HP at CostPlus World Market. You might want to check there.

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                        1. re: cookingodyssey

                          Ive also seen it at World Market and have considered buying it because it doesn't contain HFCS. I have many British friends and they rave about HP sauce so I might have to try a bottle.

                          If you are looking for a steak sauce that doesn't contain HFCS I recommend that you try Whole Foods version of A1. I bought some and I wont be going back to A1.