Guava Barbecue Sauce


Steven Raichlen uses guava paste and rum in this sensational, sticky sauce—flavors inspired by his hometown of Miami. Slideshow: Great Barbecue Sauces 

Total Time:
25 mins
1 1/4 cups


  • 8 ounces canned guava paste (see Note), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)

  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup dark rum

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 scallion, white part only, minced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 cup water

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the guava paste with the vinegar, rum, tomato paste, lime juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, scallion, garlic and water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Make Ahead

The barbecue sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.


Guava paste is usually sold in flat metal cans. It is available at many supermarkets as well as at Latin markets.

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