Sign up for A Family Feast emails and receive our FREE eBook with our Top 25 Recipes of All Time! Click Here

Asian Barbecue Sauce

Asian Barbecue Sauce - A Family Feast

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!


Asian Barbecue Sauce

5 from 1 reviews

  • 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.

You may also like:

Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken

Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken - A Family Feast

Asian Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash

Asian Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash - A Family Feast

Easy Asian Slaw

Easy Asian Slaw - A Family Feast

 Asian Barbecue Sauce - Why buy the jarred version when it is so much easier to make this delicious sauce at home?


    Leave a Comment


  1. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. I love Asian flavors and this BBQ sauce sounds incredible. Plus your photos are stunning!

  12. What it dark soy sauce? Can you use regular soy sauce?

    • Hi Kathy – Our local supermarket sells a dark soy sauce (in addition to the regular soy sauce) that is darker and richer. But if you can’t find it – regular soy sauce will work fine! Hope that helps!

  13. I surely hope that you have a cookbook in the making to include ALL of your recipes. I will buy several copies. please tell me that you are going to do this. ruesch man

    • Aww…thank you so much! A cookbook is definitely something we’re thinking about and hope to have published someday! Thank you for writing to us tonight – you made our day!

  14. Deidre Sowerby :

    How long will the Asian BBQ sauce last in the fridge and can you can it? If so does it need to be pressure canned or water bath?

    • Hi Deirdre – Our batch of the BBQ sauce kept fine for about 10 days in the refrigerator (it may last longer – we used it up before them). We haven’t tried canning it so I’m afraid I don’t have any advice to share on whether it is doable and/or the best method to try.

  15. Baby shower June 3,2017…this will be on the menu, I will make it. My grandson is due. A big deal for me!