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Johnny Bond's Johnny's Bonded Steak Sauce

Johnny Bond appeared in almost 30 Western films, usually singing with the Jimmy Wakely Trio, but he also wrote hundreds of songs, including the classic "Cimarron," which earned him entry into the Cowboy Music Hall of Fame. With his Cimarron Boys, he was a regular on Gene Autry's radio show, "The Melody Ranch."

His grilling method was to get the charcoal (never gas or electricity) fire too hot to keep his hand above it, then sear Porterhouse steaks black on the outside; they stayed rare inside. "The higher the flames surrounding the steaks, the better," write the authors of "the All-American Cowboy Grill," This was his "recipe" for the sauce, according to his daughter Sherry Bond.


  • Ketchup
  • Steak drippings
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Fill a small bowl about 3/4 full of ketchup.
  2. Drain the drippings from freshly grilled steaks into the bowl.
  3. Top off with just enough Worcestershire sauce to cover the ketchup.
  4. Add a few drops of Tabasco to taste (Johnny's was not too hot.)
  5. Add freshly ground pepper to taste and stir it all up.

Serves 4.

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