Belgians are known for their love of fried potatoes dipped in a multitude of sauces, including variations on mayo, so it's no surprise -- other than the genuine scarcity of the condiment outside of a tiny region of the Deep South -- that white barbecue sauce would end up on a Belgian menu in Old Town Arvada. Owner, Belgian beer connoisseur and frites master, Chris Stromberg, says he got the recipe from a South Carolina native working at Savory Spice, and he didn't realize it was an Alabama thing until he did a little research. That's why you'll also find the sauce on the tiny eatery's Carolina Dog in addition to being offered as a dipping sauce for the traditional twice-fried potatoes.
According to an article by Scott Jones in Southern Living, experts say that the sauce only needs four ingredients, but that unique family and restaurant recipes have evolved over the years. Stromberg's secret is apple cider vinegar and a peppery pork seasoning blend.
In case the idea of a mayonnaise-based barbecue sauce doesn't appeal to you, Manneken Frites offers more than twenty other options, many made in-house. And that's certainly one thing Denverites and Belgians have in common: maybe its because Denver and Belgium both have evolved at cultural crossroad, but we love a variety of sauces from all over the globe.