Peanut Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

What makes a great barbecue sauce? In this recipe, the combination of hoisin sauce and peanut butter provides a satisfying contrast of sweet, salty and aromatic flavours making a delectable barbeque sauce for your family to enjoy all summer long.

  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: Makes 2 cups (500 mL)



1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (250 mL) ketchup
¾ cup (175 mL) water
¼ cup (60 mL) peanut butter
¼ cup (60 mL) lemon juice
2 tbsp (30 mL) hoisin sauce
2 tbsp (30 mL) honey
2 tbsp (30 mL) chili powder
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper


Heat oil in a large saucepan (as mixture spatters) over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup, water, peanut butter, lemon juice, hoisin, honey and seasonings.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered.Stir occasionally at first and then more frequently near the end of cooking to blend flavours and thicken slightly, about 5 minutes. Ideal for ribs, burgers or chicken.