The story of mumbo sauce is a needed reality check for us transients — D.C., in fact, is a home town to many.
“It’s definitely a part of the subculture,” Annapolis resident-cum-mumbo manufacturer Arsha Jones told Vargas. “It’s the D.C. that isn’t the president and the politics.”
Confession: As a member of the population not raised in Washington, I admit I’d never heard of mumbo sauce. (I moved from Chicago, a city that drowns everything in Frank’s Red Hot; coincidentally, it’s possibly the birthplace of mumbo.) That being said, I can’t wait to try something unique to the District — especially if that something is described as tasting like a blend of barbecue and sweet-and-sour sauce. Yes, please.
Here’s a video on how to make the sauce:
Before you go, check out the photos that accompany this story. And if you’re salivating at the thought of this D.C. delicacy, get recipe tips from Clinton Yates — he mentioned earlier today that he whips up mumbo regularly.