Recipe: Washington, DC’s iconic Mumbo Sauce

Mumbo Sauce

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Washington D.C.’s Mumbo Sauce

Mumbo Sauce, widely known around the U.S. capital, is a Washington, DC treasure. In the 1960’s, the sticky, sweet and spicy red sauce was first served at Wing-n-Things, originally located at 7th and Florida Avenue NW. While it began as an accompaniment to wings, you’ll now find the sauce served with fried chicken, over half-smokes and Chinese carryout. The sauce is a bit thinner than traditional barbecue sauces and is really easy to make at home. Recipe serves 4.


  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Pour into a pot.
  3. Bring to boil using low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Let cool or serve hot (it’s normally served cool)
  5. To enhance the flavour of the sauce, just add more of the above ingredients. Do not use salt, because it will destroy the sweetness of the sauce.

Photo: Capital City Co.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.