Feb 5, 2011

Homemade Thai Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Next time you have a barbecue or cookout party, instead of purchasing a store-bought barbecue sauce, try this superior homemade barbecue sauce recipe! Homemade barbecue sauce is easy to put together, and it's far less expensive than the store-bought variety. Plus, it tastes better and is much healthier for you! My easy Thai barbecue sauce can be whipped up in just minutes. Then slather it on any type of meat or fish. Makes excellent barbecue chicken, or chicken wings for the kids!

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes


  • This Recipe Makes Enough Barbecue Sauce to Serve 2 Adults (Double the Recipe for 4 or More)
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 2 thumb-size pieces of ginger or galangal, minced or grated
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce (available in tall bottles at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce (available at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, OR 1 tsp. bottled pureed garlic
  • 1-3 red or green chili peppers, de-seeded/minced, OR 1-3 tsp. chili sauce (omit for very mild sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 fresh lime (about 1 1/2 Tbsp.)


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. OR, place all ingredients in a food processor. Process well to form a smooth sauce.
  2. Pour over the meat, chicken, or fish you plan to barbecue. Be sure to turn the pieces in the sauce so that all the flesh has been saturated with sauce.
  3. Allow to marinate at least 20 minutes (while you warm up the barbecue or grill), OR up to 24 hours in advance (simply cover the meat and place in the refrigerator overnight, until you're ready to cook).
  4. While barbecuing, baste the meat once on each side for increased flavor and tenderness.
  5. If desired, make extra sauce and keep it aside (separate from the meat) until you're ready to eat. Then quickly warm it up and serve as a dipping sauce, glaze, or just to spoon on top as you eat. ENJOY!
Cooking Tip: Because this barbecue sauce is fairly sticky (that's what makes it so good!), I find it helps to oil the grill before cooking. Simply dip your basting brush in a little cooking oil and brush over the grill before cooking. This also keeps the meat from sticking too much, making turning easier.

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