Chinese BBQ Sauce (叉烧酱)

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This Chinese BBQ sauce has a rich, sweet, savory taste with well-balanced Asian notes of ginger and five spice. It is super fast to make and has a thick consistency. Make your favorite dishes using this Chinese BBQ sauce to replace your regular sauce and make your weekday dinners more interesting! {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Chinese BBQ sauce

This is not just any ordinary barbecue sauce! It might look the same, but just one taste will convince you that this is the BBQ sauce you need in your life.

Easy homemade Chinese BBQ sauce

The sticky-sweetness of this decadent sauce might remind you of the assaulting flavors of char siu glaze. It has similar Cantonese notes and uses many of the same ingredients. However, this barbecue sauce forgoes a few special ingredients, so you won’t need a trip to the Asian market to make this dish.

  • The sauce doesn’t contain maltose, a key ingredient in authentic Chinese BBQ pork. The sauce will be less sticky but still maintain a thick consistency for use as a regular BBQ sauce.
  • This sauce has a rich, umami-caramel flavor made with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
  • The sauce doesn’t use food coloring. While traditional char siu sauce sometimes uses red food coloring to give roast pork a vibrant scarlet hue, this barbecue sauce is a deep, dark, chocolatey brown.
  • The addition of fresh ginger gives it that extra kick that will turn any ordinary food into tongue-teasing East Asian-inspired cuisine.
  • The sauce is super easy to make. Once you mix the ingredients, it only takes ten minutes to turn them into the perfect barbecue sauce.

The only challenge is waiting for it to cool before eating it all! Trust me, it’s worth the wait 😉

Prepare Chinese BBQ sauce

How use to Chinese BBQ sauce

  • The BBQ sauce has a thick consistency so it’s perfect to use as a BBQ glaze that you can brush on your meat at the end of grilling or baking.
  • You can brush this Chinese BBQ sauce on meat cooked in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker, then broil for a couple minutes, to create a BBQ dish effortlessly. See my Instant Pot Pork Rib recipe.
  • The sauce is cooked so you can use it on cooked meat as a dipping sauce. It works well with chicken, pork, seafood, and even fries!
  • This sauce is a perfect marinade. Not only can you use it to prepare meat for grilling, but also to marinate smaller pieces of meat for stir frying.
  • You can experiment with the Chinese BBQ sauce in your favorite dishes such as baked beans or baked potatoes, replacing the traditional BBQ sauce. See this post to get more inspo on different ways to use BBQ sauce.

BBQ pork ribs with sauce

Use & Storage

The only thing you need to keep in mind when using this sauce is, you need to wait for it to cool down before using it as a glaze. The consistency will thicken once it’s cooled, so it clings better to the meat.

You can store the completely cooled sauce in an airtight container or jar in the fridge up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Homemade BBQ sauce

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Chinese BBQ Sauce - The homemade BBQ sauce has a rich, sweet, savory taste with well-balanced Asian notes of ginger and five spice. It is super fast to make and has a thick consistency. Make your favorite dishes using this Chinese BBQ sauce to replace your regular sauce and make your weekday dinners more interesting! {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Chinese BBQ Sauce (叉烧酱)

5 from 2 votes
This Chinese BBQ sauce has a rich, sweet, savory taste with well-balanced Asian notes of ginger and five spice. It is super fast to make and has a thick consistency. Make your favorite dishes using this Chinese BBQ sauce to replace your regular sauce and make your weekday dinners more interesting! {Gluten-Free adaptable}
To make the sauce gluten free, use a gluten-free hoisin sauce or homemade hoisin sauce. Use a gluten-free oyster sauce. Use tamari or coconut aminos to replace soy sauce. And use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine.
Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: Condiment, Homemade Ingredient
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: pantry, sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix everything together in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly to dissolve the sugar. Simmer until the sauce has thickened just enough to coat the back of a spoon, 10 minutes or so. Remove it from the stove and let cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer to a container or heat-proof mason jar. The sauce will thicken further once cooled. It’s ready to use now, or you can store it sealed in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • The sauce is perfect with pork, chicken, beef, and seafood. You can serve it alongside cooked food. Or use it as a glaze to finish up grilled or baked meat. For example, you can use it to make Instant Pot Pork Ribs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 66kcal, Carbohydrates: 14.3g, Protein: 0.6g, Fat: 0.3g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 630mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 10.9g, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Nora-Adrienne Deret says:

    Oyster sauce isn’t kosher. What can I substitute for it?

    • Larry Vitor says:

      There are vegetarian versions of oyster sauce but I don’t know if they are certified by anyone.

  2. Waddy says:

    Can I increase this recipe(e.g. triple)and preserve this sauce using boiling canning system? I really like the sauce?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Waddy, I’m pretty sure you can. It contains pretty high ratio of salt and sugar so it should preserve pretty well.

  3. Kelley says:

    5 stars
    Love it! Love it! Love it! Thank you!!!

  4. Sara Ruiz says:

    I was looking up the bbque sauce for a 10 year old vegan !! She loves the sauce on her fries and plain rice !! If i leave out the wine or sherry does it change the flavor greatly?? I’ve yet to try it to see if it will pass the test!! Her food choices are limited !! She already makes her own rice!!

    • Maggie says:

      I thinks it’s OK to skip the Shaoxing but the sauce will have less dimensions. If you do not mind adding some alcohol, replace it with Japanese sake or a splash of Vodka will help as well.

  5. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    My family went crazy for this sauce! Definitely in the family cookbook now. Thank you!

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