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With our recipe for homemade Asian Barbecue Sauce – you’ll never need to buy the jarred version from the supermarket ever again!

Seriously – once you’ve tasted this delicious sauce, and you realize how easy it is to make – you’ll be preparing Asian-inspired chicken wings and pork ribs at home that rival some of the best Chinese restaurants around!

This Asian Barbecue Sauce is made with ingredients commonly found in most supermarkets – so no trip to a specialty market is needed. The sauce has the same rich, sweet, and spicy flavor – and the same sticky consistency – that makes the barbecue chicken wings and ribs at your favorite Chinese restaurant so finger-licking good!

Be sure to check back tomorrow – we’ll be sharing our recipe for Asian Barbecue Chicken Wings made with this delicious sauce!

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Asian Barbecue Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons jarred Hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons liquid red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Place all ingredients except the corn starch and water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. in a separate bowl, mix the corn starch and water to form a slurry and slowly add to the hot liquid while whisking.
  3. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool and refrigerate until needed for ribs, chicken or any other meats.

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  • Brenda@SugarfreeMom wrote:

    The color alone is outstanding! I can see why it’s a family favorite!

  • Samantha wrote:

    I can’t wait to see the chicken wings you made with this sauce! Looks lovely!

  • Jessica (Savory Experiments) wrote:

    What a beautiful color! I love star anise, but don’t cook with it nearly as much as I should.

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    This looks so yummy, I’d put this on everything!

  • Ginny McMeans wrote:

    I bet this is finger lickin’ good! Really a good recipe to have on hand.

  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom wrote:

    I just want to reach out and take a big taste. It looks yummy! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s recipe!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    The color of this sauce is superb. I’ll be back tomorrow.

  • SA Matthews wrote:

    Your recipe sounds delicious. I do try to stay away from Corn Syrup. What do you think you could use instead? Thanks!

  • Stephanie wrote:

    Beautiful photos! I should make this for my hubby – he would LOVE it!

  • Charles wrote:

    This looks amazing – love the photo too with the star anise in it. Summer season is almost over here (boo hoo) but I’m going to try to fit in some of this before winter draws in!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Charles! We’ll be sharing our chicken wings recipe tomorrow – made in the oven rather than the grill – so you can enjoy them all winter long. Thanks for visiting us today!

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