Hoisin Barbecue Sauce


Like ketchup in an American barbecue sauce, the Chinese condiment, hoisin, provides a satisfying contrast of sweet, salty, and aromatic flavors.

1 cup


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons sake or dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a small saucepan and cook the garlic over moderately low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sake, ketchup and rice vinegar and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Let cool and serve.

Make Ahead

The hoisin barbecue sauce can be refrigerated for 2 days.

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