Hoisin Barbecue Sauce Recipe


Crossing a cultural divide, hoisin brings sweet and savory character to this barbecue sauce's tangy tomato base.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 12 to 16 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/3 cup dry sherry

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorns

  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder


  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add hoisin sauce, ketchup, sherry, vinegar, honey, soy sauce, Sriracha, Szechuan peppercorns, white pepper, and five-spice powder; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Blend sauce until smooth with a stick blender, or transfer to jar of a regular blender and blend. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
64 Calories
1g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 394mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 67mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)