When I was little it was very hard for me to wrap my head and my tongue around the word “Worcestershire.” Admittedly, sometimes it still is. So I shortened the word to “Woo” and my parents followed suit. To this day, my parents and I still call it “woo-sauce” while everyone else pronounces “Worcestershire” flawlessly. Show-offs.
My original search for paleo woo-sauce recipes yielded few happy results. I must confess here that I detest apple cider vinegar (ACV). I tried, peeps, I tried! I have cooked with it, conditioned my hair with it, applied it to bug bites, and I even tossed it down my own throat. Egad!! Yes, yes, I know that it is super-healthy and great for absolutely everything. It’s a staple in most paleo households. I get it. But, so is kale, and I’m allergic to that, so I reserve the right to be persnickety. Every time I cook with ACV, my entire household complains of the smell. ACV grosses me out, and I have yet to be pleased with any recipe that called for it. I have rescued many of my homemade sauce recipes by switching to a myriad of other vinegars for results more pleasing to me and my family. So there.
That being said, I have adapted this recipe from Paleo Table. I tweaked it until I was satisfied with the smoky aroma and flavor, and then I bumped up the quantities so I could make more at a time. If you happen to have a large empty commercial-woo bottle, this recipe will fill it to the brim. I use this sauce along with my homemade steak sauce in grilled hamburger patties. Yum!