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  • David Skarin

Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

A good, or bad, barbecue sauce can make or break a dish. The wrong barbecue sauce can also ruin a great dish due to a mismatch of flavors. A sauce with lots of vinegar works well with a fattier cut of meat like pork shoulder but not as great with a lean cut. Granted, some is personal preference and personal taste which can overcome some of these guidelines.

This sauce is a great BBQ sauce for pulled pork, ribs, chicken, etc. This brings a more tropical flavor profile to the meat. Typically, anything with a tropical or Asian flavor profile will either have soy sauce or teriyaki sauce which contains gluten. For our gluten-free friends we used created this with coconut aminos which means it is gluten-free.


Fast Facts

Category: Sauces

Grill: Stovetop

Heat Source: Gas

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Estimated Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes

Estimated Cooking Temperature: Medium heat

Actual Cooking Temperature: Medium heat

Cook Date: September 12, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 1/3 cup organic ketchup (I prefer organic ketchup as there no high fructose corn syrup which increases the chances of burning on the smoker/grill)

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (either light or dark brown sugar works)

  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (for those without a gluten sensitivity, you can use soy sauce)

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced

  • ½ tablespoon fresh ground ginger (about 1” of fresh ginger)

  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened rice vinegar

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Step 1: Ensure both garlic and ginger are chopped extremely finely.

Step 2: Add all ingredients to sauce pot, heat to medium, stirring regularly, and bring to a boil.

Step 3: Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring regularly until thickened and reduced to desired consistency. This should take about 5-10 minutes.

Step 3: Store in an airtight container and it should last 10-14 days.


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