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Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Asian Barbecue Sauce

How to Make a Restaurant Quality Asian Barbecue Sauce

The world is becoming smaller and smaller. We are connected to the world through the Internet and also through mass transportation and the face of the world is changing through immigration and emigration.

Ethnic markets abound, because people on the move want easy access to the flavors of home. This gives us unprecedented access to the cultures and foods of the world.

Making sauces from different cultures is a relatively simple way to begin an exploration of a new cuisine. You might not have access to all the particular native ingredients to prepare a complete meal.

Besides, creating a complete meal might be a bit more than you’d like to try. But, by making a new and exotic sauce, you can evoke the flavors and the feel of an ethnic cuisine without having to hop on a plane to go shopping.

Asian Barbecue Sauce

Use this sticky and deeply flavorful sauce to bring an Asian flare to any grilled meat or poultry. Asian barbecue sauce is not as sweet as American-style barbecue sauces and, with the addition of fish sauce and soy sauce is guaranteed to make any meat you use it on taste meatier and more mouth-watering.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Find fish sauce either in the Asian aisle of your grocery store or at an Asian grocery.
  • Find plum jam at a well-stocked grocery or gourmet specialty store, or you can substitute currant jam.
  • If you cannot find shallots, feel free to substitute onion or green onion.

Asian Barbecue Sauce

Great for ribs and poultry

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time20 mins

Course: Sauces

Cuisine: Asian

Keyword: barbecue, sauce

Servings: 4 people


  • cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plum jam
  • cup shallot minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 pinch Chinese five spice powder


  • Place the sugar and water in a large heavy-bottomed sauce pan. Stir until sugar is evenly moistened.

  • Combine the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce and soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside.

  • Heat on medium, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, stop stirring, but swirl the pan gently.

  • Cook the sugar until it reaches a medium-amber color. Immediately pour in the hoisin sauce mixture, stirring vigorously. Be careful, because the mixture will bubble up and the caramel will most likely harden.

  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the honey, shallot, garlic ginger and 5 spice. Whisk together until the caramel has melted back into the sauce

  • Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.

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