You can now recreate a little of that Fancy Hank's magic at home, as the flavour masters behind Bourke Street's beloved barbecue joint unveil their very own line of house-made, small-batch sauces.
Launching just in time for the season of backyard barbies and park picnics, the new range features five concoctions, including two barbecue sauces and three styles of hot sauce, packaged in nifty 200mL or 375mL bottles and made using all-Aussie ingredients. And they're already award-winners, having each nabbed a medal at this year's Australian Food Awards.
You'll have encountered some of these American-style creations before — the Original BBQ is Fancy Hanks' signature sauce, best teamed with a pile of smoky pulled pork, while the Coffee & Molasses number is the go-to accompaniment for the restaurant's famed beef brisket.
The trio of hot sauces dial up the flavour even more, with the gutsiest variety, Habanero & Carrot, best used sparingly in a chicken marinade or a stew. The mild and fruity Cayenne & Watermelon sauce is the entry-level option, while the Jalapeño & Peach kicks a little bit harder, boasting a sweet, tangy finish.
You can pick up a bottle — or hey, why not get fancy with the whole collection? — from Fancy Hank's CBD restaurant, the online shop, Spring Street Grocer, Meatsmith (in Fitzroy and St Kilda), and three of the city's McCoppins Food Stores.