DC Question of the Day

What the hell is mumbo sauce?

No, really. What the hell is it? I know that it’s that almost florescent red-colored stuff that they give you at the carry out resturant to put on chicken and french fries. What I really NEED to know is, what’s in it? What ingredients come together to create the goodness that we call mumbo sauce(or mambo sauce, however you choose to say it).

I’m not particularly concerned for health purposes. I just want to make my own, so I can create Leon’s Special Blend and become a billionaire selling it. My theory is that mambo sauce is one part ketchup, two parts hot sauce, a pinch of sugar and a sprinkle of Smurf dust.

Oh yeah. Smurfs do exist. They’re magical! How else can you explain the way that mumbo sauce makes those raggedy carryout chicken wings and soggy, crinkled french fries taste so good? If you pick a Smurf up and shake it hard enough, the little blue srpinkles that float in the air…That’s Smurf dust. Until one of you tells me EXACTLY what goes into mumbo sauce, I’m just going to assume that Smurf dust is, in fact, the secret ingredient.

For real, I know you probably don’t believe me, but it’s true. You have to shake the Smurf until you hear the sound of chimes. That’s when the dust will appear. Be careful though…Sniffing uncut Smurf dust can cause temporary paralysis and in some cases, instant death.

Readers out there, I beg you to please tell me what goes into mambo sauce. Don’t make me walk around looking for Smurfs to shake. If you know the answer to my question, please leave it in the comments section.

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54 Responses to “DC Question of the Day”

  1. Lil Steve 5349 20. Jul, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    Mumbo sauce = liquid crack!!!

    Oh man.. I Grew up in Chapel Oaks.. 5 short minutes from Wonderful Carry Out.. All I can say is..


    Sad to say..Wonderfuls, the barber shop, and the laundry mat burned down a while back..

    Im a OTR truck driver now and also moved to Phoenix.. I need to figure out how to make the Mumbo so I open up a chicken joint sell wings w Mumbo to the mexicans and fuck up the economy out there…lmbao

    I needs my MUMBO!!!!

  2. vintage fashion 20. Oct, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Mumbo sauce or mambo sauce is a condiment found in Chinese carryout restaurants in Washington DC.

  3. jimi0rigi 27. Oct, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Mumbo Sauce is delicious sweet and tangy bbq sauce created in 1950 by Chicago entrepreneur and restaurant owner, Argia B. Collins, Sr. His famous south side barbecue joints featured succulent ribs and delicious fried chicken & fries all served drenched in his finger licking sauce. He obtained a registered trademark for Mumbo Sauce as early as 1950 and soon after began marketing and distributing the authentic Mumbo Sauce brand throughout the U.S. That version online http://www.mumbobbqsauce.com

    It can be called Mambo sauce, Mumbo sauce, Mumble sauce, Moombah Sauce.. But a sauce by any onther name would taste as good on chicken, ribs, fires, fried rice, Subs, cheerios maybe? It is essentially a variation of sweet n sour sauce with a kick..

    Ingredients: ketchup, then equal parts vinegar and sugar.. little soy sauce, little cornstarch. Hot sauce and paprika(red smurf dust) can be added for extra DC authenticity. boil it all down to the desired consistency(boiling makes the cornstarch thicken).. BAM!

    you can tweak any of those variables to make it your own..

    Color ranges from deep red to light red, to red-orange. Consistency ranges from a BBQ sauce-thick to hot sauce- thin.

    Hope this helps you in your quest for the perfect condiment!

    • ListenToLeon 27. Oct, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      THANK YOU!!! This is by far the most comprehensive recipe anyone’s left here. I may actually try to make some this weekend!

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