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Feb 16, 2011 12:45 PM

chili sauce and jelly?

I have seen several brisket recipes that make a sauce combining a jar of chili sauce and a jar of grape jelly. Has anyone ever tried this?

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  1. I haven't done it with brisket, but it's a pretty common easy recipe, used with meatballs, chicken, etc. I have done a very similar recipe with chicken (grape jelly, ketchup (which I think tastes absolutely no different from Heinz Chili Sauce), mustard, and onions), and it's a great recipe. I make meatballs with marinara sauce, cranberry sauce, and pineapple tidbits which, while not exactly the same, works along the same principle, and which is really tasty.

    1. When I first got married, I was told that the combos were chili sauce with grape jelly or marinara with cranberry sauce. I've mixed and matched since then. Basically, and savory tomato based sauce with any ultra-sweet sticky sauce should work.

      1. Very much the standard for sweet and sour meatballs. Nearly all my wife's friends do it this way and they all picked it up from different sources. Likely a popular Shabbos recipe from the 60's that got passed around.

        1. Thanks all, it sounded pretty gross but I guess i'll give it a shot. Thanks!

          1. What exactly do you do with it? It sounds really odd.

            I sauce is probably apricot jelly with garlic and red's not made of duck..but still...

            Grape jelly and chili sauce?????

            (Peanut butter, jelly and a baseball bat!)

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            1. re: SoCal Mother

              Far more common than you think (Googling "grape jelly meatballs" has 94,000 results). It tastes very much like any sweet and sour meatballs you've ever eaten. As for a sweet and sour brisket preparation, it's definitely not my taste, but I've eaten it at other people's homes and we have a few take-out places that serve it this way.

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                You've answered your own question. What do you think most purchased (sweet) sauces are, anyway? Ketchup itself is not much more than tomatoes and sugar. It's not unusual at all to combine sweet and savory in cooking applications.

                (I don't get your "peanut butter, jelly, and a baseball bat" reference at all.)

                1. re: queenscook

                  I think of jelly as something to put on white bread (Bimbo on the west coast, Wonder bread on the east coast) with peanut butter. My kids first came home from camp begging me to buy the wonderful bread they got from camp, and singing a camp song that turned out to be a combination of the Barney song about "Peanut, peanut butter AND JELLY" and some really weird video with a banana singing about peanut butter-jelly-with-a-baseball-bat.

                  Let me see if I can find a video for you....

                  And Barney