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Hello!
I've been a lurker here on Chowhound for a year or two, and am finally signing up for an account.
I'm trying to find a recipe that my grandmother used to make but I'm not sure how to even look it up. I've tried some google searching but haven't had any luck.

She made (and canned) a tomato sauce that was fairly thin (think catalina salad dressing) and was also quite sweet with just a slight hint of spicy.
We used it to put over collard greens and any kind of pea. I have no idea what it was or how she made it. I don't remember ever seeing her make it. I just know we called it tomato sauce.
Anyone ever heard of anything like this? She lived in Georgia all her life, so my guess would be it's a Southern thing.

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  1. I've made this recipe which sounds similar:
    http://www.ivu.org/recipes/extras/bbq...

    The sauce has the consistency you describe and is sweet and a little spicy. I usually add more dried pepper flakes or powder to increase the spiciness.

    Of course, if she grew up in Georgia, it might not have been vegetarian. The liquid smoke in the IVU recipe is probably to replace flavor from more traditional ham hock.

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    1. re: jennymoon

      That could certainly be similar. I will have to try it and see how close it is. Maybe I can start with that and just play with it until it tastes like I remember.

      1. re: Yosaphbridge

        Have you tried sriracha? Not tomato, and surely not what Granny made, but fits the same niche. I am fairly wimpy about hot pepper, and have a sweet tooth, so I prefer the Trader Joe's brand to the classic Huy Fong (rooster, green cap).

        1. re: greygarious

          I LOVE sriracha. I just had a craving for that sauce from my childhood...know what I mean?