Montgomery inn quietly reformulates bbq sauce

Bottles of the new sauces are posed at the Montgomery Inn in Montgomery, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Recipe for homemade tomato pasta sauce After a two-year process the restaurant introduced gluten-free and Hhihg-fructose corn syrupe free sauces. Sauce for pasta and salmon (Photo: The Enquirer/Sam Greene) Buy Photo

It took two years of work to come up with a new formula for Montgomery Inn barbecue sauce.


Sauce recipe for shrimp pasta The Gregory family knew they’d gotten it right when they made it taste just like the old Montgomery Inn Barbecue sauce.

The family behind the Montgomery Inn and The Boathouse, which are among Cincinnati’s busiest restaurants, wanted to be able to label their sauce as gluten-free and with no high-fructose corn syrup. White sauce recipe for pasta with cheese Now they can.

The quest started with some changes in FDA labeling rules, said Evan Andrews, a Gregory in-law and Montgomery Inn vice president. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with canned tomatoes The Heinz tomato paste that is the basis of the sauce (tomatoes are the first ingredient on the label) contains high-fructose corn syrup, and that ingredient began appearing on the sauce label. Homemade pasta sauce recipe without tomatoes “People started calling us and asking why we’d changed the formula,” said Andrews. Homemade meat sauce for pasta “We hadn’t changed anything, but people were upset about it.”

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) become a hot topic in the late ’90’s. Best homemade pasta sauce recipe As its use in processed foods rose, so did obesity levels in the American public. Best homemade pasta sauce There was speculation that the processed syrup contributed to obesity by being metabolized differently than cane sugar. Homemade pasta sauce jamie oliver There hasn’t been evidence to back that up, but it’s still an ingredient eschewed by some consumers.

So Montgomery Inn asked Heinz to get the HFCS out of the tomato paste. Easy canning homemade spaghetti sauce recipe Not a simple task. Homemade butter sauce for pasta “Making that kind of change is like turning a battleship,” said Andrews. Red sauce for pasta recipe “But we’re one of their top five customers. Sauce for pasta recipes We buy two million pounds of tomato paste a year.” So Heinz worked on its formula. Homemade tomato pasta sauce for freezing It took a year to come up with a tomato paste made with cane sugar rather than HFCS.

The other ingredient challenge was gluten. Homemade pasta sauce with tomatoes This grain protein is damaging to people with celiac disease, and many people have taken up a no-gluten diet for other health reasons. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with hamburger As with other allergens, there’s been a push to make sure gluten is clearly marked on labels. Making spaghetti sauce from scratch fresh tomatoes In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued rules about labeling products “gluten-free.” As Andrews explained it, it’s not just that the entire product has to have fewer than a few parts per million of gluten, but now each ingredient in the product also has to be below the threshold.

Gluten shows up in many unexpected ways. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe food network In the Montgomery Inn sauce, it’s in the vinegar. Homemade pasta sauce recipe for canning The inn used two kinds, derived from grains. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce canning It needed to find new ones.

“Ever been to a vinegar tasting?” asked Andrews. Pasta sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes “You have to actually sip it. Homemade tomato pasta sauce from scratch The first one tastes terrible, and the next one’s worse.” Vinegar may not be appealing on its own, but it gives the sauce its tang and had to be right.

The vinegar tastings were no fun, but it was the tastings of the sauce that took time and fortitude. Homemade italian pasta sauce recipe The new tomato paste and vinegars had to be used in different amounts and proportions. Fresh pasta sauce recipe tomato The Gregorys mixed up formulations in their commissary, two or three gallons at a time. Homemade pasta sauce recipe fresh tomatoes When one seemed to hit the right point, they’d multiply and make a 2,000-gallon batch. Easy homemade pasta sauce recipe “Things taste different when you scale up,” said Andrews.

They scaled it up seven times. Homemade tomato pasta sauce for bottling Six times, the tasters weren’t satisfied. Homemade pasta sauce diced tomatoes “There’s no way to decide if you’ve got it right except to taste it.” They compared it to the control; the original sauce. Homemade pasta sauce with italian sausage recipe They tried it plain, they tried it on Saratoga chips, and finally, they tried it on pork, chicken and beef. Homemade italian spaghetti sauce from scratch recipe It took a year.

The tasters included Dean, Tom and Vickie Gregory and Terry Gregory Andrews. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce recipe “But one person had veto power,” said Andrews. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe using fresh tomatoes That was their mother, Matula Gregory, who created the original sauce back in 1951. Simple homemade sauce for pasta “If Mom didn’t go for it, we started over.”

The family started serving the new sauce at the restaurant in October. Recipe homemade pasta sauce They didn’t even tell the staff about the change. Easy homemade pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes And they got no complaints. Tomato pasta sauce jar It’s now being sold at grocery stores, in the restaurants and through CincyFavorites.com. Homemade pasta sauce recipe easy Montgomery Inn now also has a chipotle version of the sauce; that one wasn’t hard to change, as it’s just the regular sauce with chipotle added.

Andrews said there is one different thing about the new version of the sauce that’s an additional improve. Cheese sauce recipe for pasta bake The sugar caramelizes better without becoming bitter. Sauce for pasta dishes Though cane sugar is usually more expensive than HFCS, the price of the sauce hasn’t been changed.