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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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  • Lisa Richmond wrote:

    I love this recipe seems fairly easy to make

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it Lisa!

  • karen wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      Congratulations Karen! A new grandson is a VERY big deal! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Deidre Sowerby wrote:

    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?

    • Martha wrote:

      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.

  • ruesch man wrote:

    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

    • Martha wrote:

      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!

  • Kathy M wrote:

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

    • Martha wrote:

      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!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

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

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