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Chinese BBQ Sauce

sweet chinese barbecue sauceThere’s something exotic about a good Hoisin Sauce. It’s hard to tell what ingredients make it so unique. The soybeans? Garlic? Plums? It’s the Chinese ketchup and it’s the starting point to making our U.S. knock-off of a Chinese BBQ Sauce.

The fresh ingredients make this sauce really zippy.   I mean if you put fresh garlic, Hoisin, and fresh ginger in my Elmer’s Glue I would probably eat it… but in this blend of fresh sweet and tangy ingredients it’ll make you want to eat it like soup. But save some for everybody.

This Chinese BBQ Sauce Recipe is especially good on chicken and nice and sticky for spare ribs. Another good thing is it wont have to simmer long… ginger and garlicshould be ready in five/ten minute.

Serve this sauce with fresh green onion garnish.


Chinese BBQ Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: One cup

Serving Size: 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Chinese BBQ Sauce

This American version of a Chinese BBQ Sauce has a freshness you can't get in bottled brands that comes from the sherry, fresh ginger, and garlic. Perfect to give an average backyard cook out a bit of an international flair. For a dynamic dipping sauce add one and a half tablespoons of smooth peanut butter.


  • 1/4 Cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 5 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 small cloves of minced garlic (pressed in garlic press)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • One finely minced green onion


  1. Combine all ingredients except oil and simmer for five minutes.
  2. Add sesame oil at end.
  3. Stir and serve.

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4 Responses to “Chinese BBQ Sauce”

  1. Olivia says:

    This sauce looks delicious. I’ll try it, thanks.
    If you are looking for some chinese recipes for using it, you can get a Free kindle ebook today, with 101 chinese recipes :
    Have a nice day

  2. Michael says:

    I made this tonight and it was quite good. I’m going to try it again and puree in some caramelized onion and a few chipotle peppers for smokiness. Its plenty sweet and bright but lacks depth.


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