Asian Style BBQ sauce


  • 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup minced shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. Stir together all ingredients except sugar in a bowl.
  2. Cook sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, until it begins to melt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally with a fork, until sugar is melted into a deep golden caramel.
  3. Tilt pan and carefully pour in hoisin mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring, until caramel is dissolved and sauce is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Cool to room temperature. Serve with shrimp, swordfish, pork, or chicken.