Barbeque sauce is available in jars and bottles, but why settle for one of those when you can make your own barbeque sauce? There are plenty of different types, but sometimes you will be in the mood for a Chinese style sauce which may be used as a marinade, basting sauce or dipping sauce (or all three!) You can marinate ribs, chicken or pork in this sauce for between 4 and 24 hours before barbequing it until it is not only cooked but also slightly charred, for a superior flavor, add a little to baste the meat during cooking, or set some aside to serve as a dipping sauce. Simmering the ingredients together makes the sauce rich-tasting, thick and the best consistency. All those flavors combine so well.

To make this flavorful Chinese barbeque sauce, we are using sherry, ketchup and hoisin sauce as the main flavors, so you get a tangy, full flavor, and then we also add ginger, hot sauce, garlic, honey, rice vinegar, and some 5-spice powder to add the other accents to the flavor and round out the sauce. This is spicy without being too fiery, and it goes with pork and ribs especially well, but you can also try it on duck, chicken, fish, or even vegetables. Our recipe makes 1½ cups of this tasty sauce but of course you can double or triple the amount you make if you are going to use it to marinate and also to baste. Choose which meat, poultry or fish you want to cook, then you can make this tasty sauce to go with it.

So Many Uses

If you are marinating chicken, either boil the marinade for 5 minutes afterwards to make a sauce or toss it out, in case of contamination from the raw poultry. Perhaps you only want to use this as a marinade, in which case toss it out afterwards if you used it on poultry, or use it as a basting sauce during cooking. Another idea is to cook the meat after applying a spice rub, or just some oil, then serve this on the side for dipping. Try coating ribs in it before cooking for sticky ribs offering a wonderful Chinese flair. Use your imagination and you will be able to come up with many more uses for this wonderful Chinese barbeque sauce. After making this, you will never want to buy the bottled kind again because those simply do not offer the same depth of flavor, and why would you want to settle for second best anyway when this is so easy to prepare?

The ingredients are easy to find and making the actual sauce is simply a question of putting the ingredients in a pan and simmering them, then transferring the mixture into another container. That is literally all you need to do, so if you have never prepared your own barbeque sauce before, or if you are looking for a brand new recipe, something different than what you normally have, give this one a whirl and you will certainly fall in love with the rich, tangy Chinese flavors. Feel free to add extra hot sauce (Sriracha or another kind) if you prefer your sauce spicy, or omit it for a much milder result.

Tangy BBQ Sauce Chinese Style
Summary: This takes just a few minutes to make and can be used as a marinade, basting sauce or dipping sauce. The ingredients include hoisin, sherry, ginger, garlic, and more.
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 8
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  • ½ cup dry sherry
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon 5-spice powder
  1. Put all the ingredients in a small pan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over a medium heat.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Use right away or store in the refrigerator until required.
  5. This will keep refrigerated for several days.
Makes 1½ Cups

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This thick, rich, delicious barbeque sauce is the ideal accompaniment to barbequed ribs, pork steaks, chicken breasts or anything else where you want to add an authentic Chinese flair. Try smothering your ribs in this before you cook them, marinate some chicken wings or drumsticks, or serve it with vegetable kabobs. The possibilities are endless. If you are looking for an alternative to your usual barbeque sauce, why not prepare this one? It only takes five minutes to combine the flavors in a pan, and then you can use our Chinese barbeque sauce however you wish.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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