special sauce


Definition of special sauce 

: secret sauce … thinly sliced lamb served with tomato, onion and special sauce on warm pita bread …New Times The special sauce is their software that enables the computers to tell whether a call has reached a live person or an answering device …— Tiernan Ray

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Davis says: Great texture on crispy onion, good bite on the special sauce. cleveland.com, "Buckeye Beer Engine offers up burger favorites in Lakewood (photos, video, poll)," 24 Apr. 2018 The new podcast from Confidence Men frontman Jake Brennan combines a life of rock ’n’ roll stories with the special sauce of the crime saga. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice," 10 May 2018 The key components to this new method of detection are an ordinary smartphone, some special software downloaded onto the phone, a box made from Lego bricks, ultraviolet light, a standard 96-well test plate– and a special sauce, so to speak. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 At the top is the most quintessential of interpretations, the cheeseburger ($3), which is crafted with Foxhollow Farm beef and adorned with a blanket of American cheese, special sauce and pickles. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 Pay attention to order For chef Craig Koketsu—whose burger at New York restaurant Quality Eats is fairly traditional, served with cheddar cheese, special sauce, lettuce, red onion, tomato, dill pickle, and pepperoncini—toppings are all about order. Paula Forbes, GQ, "These Toppings Are The Secret to Making a Good Burger Great," 29 June 2018 There’s also a kind of special sauce in there too, a little like Thousand Island, and a handful of crispy potato sticks throw on top for crunch. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Drive Thru Burger Local Bistro Local Bistro also elevates this classic piece of Americana — American cheese, lettuce, tomato and special sauce — with killer ingredients and a perfect cook. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "25 best burgers in Phoenix: If you've got a hamburger craving, here's where to go," 23 May 2018 That mystery liquid applied during dermarolling was the special sauce. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "I Tried The ‘Penis Facial’," 16 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special sauce was in 1848

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