Create Louisiana’s Iconic Raising Cane’s Sauce at Home – Recipe
It's a common sound across Louisiana every day around mealtime, "What's kickin' want some chicken" crackles through a drive-through speaker and you know you've arrived at a Raising Cane's restaurant. The "One Love" that Chicken Fingers built.
Raising Cane's was founded in Baton Rouge and the story of how the restaurant and its franchises came to be reads like a best-selling novel. The company's founder Todd Graves and his family have truly poured their hearts and souls into Raising Cane's success and through their hard work and dedication to "one love" the restaurant has flourished.
You'd think the state with the most Raising Cane's locations would be Louisiana. We did get a bit of a head start but actually, there are more Cane's locations in California (167) and Texas (73) than there are in Louisiana(66). And if you ask any customer of any Cane's in any state why they stop in for a meal the answer is almost always, the sauce.
Raising Cane's sauce is an amazing elixir. It's a creamy combination of what feels like mayo, ketchup, secret spices, voodoo magic, and a whole lot of love. It's good. I have been known to drag my finger through the sauce container and lick it right off, no chicken needed.
That got us wondering, Is it possible to make Cane's sauce at home? Based on the plethora of articles we found on the subject, I'd say the answer is yes. So, we know the basic ingredients are ketchup and mayo, but how much of each? And what are the other flavors?
Okay, the basic ingredients in addition to the two main ones we've already discussed include Worcestershire Sauce, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Wait, that's it? Where is the voodoo magic? I guess you don't need it.
If you've ever had an Alabama White Barbeque Sauce then you know the combo of Worcestershire and Mayo is fire on its own. Toss in a little ketchup and you've sweetened the mixture. Then the garlic, salt, and pepper, just round out the flavor profile.
Here's how to make at least one version of the Cane's Sauce Copycat recipe
Take 4.4 ounces of Ketchup combined with 2.6 ounces of mayo. Then add a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce and blend. To that mixture add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper. Mix well, and chill before serving.
The only real variation we found in searching through several copycat recipes for Cane's Sauce was the mayo-to-ketchup ratio. I think that will come down to personal taste for the home cook. I've also found the sauce should not be limited to use on just fried chicken.
We find it makes a darn good sandwich spread, a nice topping for a baked potato, heck, I have even used the homemade Cane's Sauce as a salad dressing. Which was just a notch above drinking it directly from the bottle, which I have been known to do too.
Let us know if you've made this recipe or if you have your own, we'd sure like to know if there isn't a better copy of an outstanding original.
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