Cajun Jambalaya Sauce // Hak’s // Los Angeles, CA
Grilling looks easy: meat plus flame, all out in the open. And yes, there’s a primal simplicity — call it caveman chic — that gives the humble grill its charm. But when it comes to soul, to meat that doesn’t merely fill bellies, but haunts dreams, the secret’s always in the sauce. Honed through generations spent sucking in smoke over blazing fires, the mysteries of barbecue sauce are coveted, for good reason, and the top grillers don’t share theirs easily. Lucky for you, this master griller (seriously, Hak’s founder has the Master Chef TV bonafides to prove it) has made great sauce as simple as opening a zip-top bag. Sauté some shrimp and caramelized onion slices until pink, then stir in this savory sauce and simmer for a few minutes more. Any caveman can do that.