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Asian Barbecue Sauce

Great for ribs and poultry
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
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 saucepan. 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.