Asian Barbecue Sauce

Now that I’m getting more comfortable around the grill, it’s time to step up some other grill-related dishes.  There are few commercial barbecue sauces that I like, mostly because I think they are too sweet.  So I made one with some of my favorite Asian ingredients.  The hoisin sauce is sweet enough on its own without any additional sugar.  Depending on what brand of hoisin you get, the color will vary.

original recipe

Asian Barbecue Sauce

Asian Barbecue Sauce

This recipe makes enough sauce to baste 3 lbs of chicken, with enough for serving as a condiment with the meat.


½ c hoisin sauce
2 Tbs cider vinegar
½ tsp five spice powder
½ tsp onion powder
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
Dash cayenne pepper


  1. Mix hoisin sauce, cider vinegar, five spice powder, and onion powder in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper, and saute until softened, about 1 minute. Add hoisin mixture and cook until reduced by a third, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Cover and chill until ready to use.

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