Authentic Arawak Bar-B-Q Sauce


This is a West Indian marinade used for generations. It's best suited for fish and game. I like it on chicken and pork. Allow meat to marinate for at least an hour before cooking. Make sure you adjust the amount of chile peppers to your taste. Also, I sometimes replace the orange juice with marmalade for a sweeter marinade.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
2 cups


  • 6 green onions, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 scotch bonnet chile peppers, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ½ cup fresh orange juice

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup red wine

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the green onions, shallots, garlic, ginger, allspice, ground black pepper, chile peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, orange juice, vinegar, wine, soy sauce, oil, and molasses. Mix well, cover, and allow to sit for one hour. Stir again before using with fish or meat. Discard any remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
28g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 2990mg 130%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 46mg 230%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 699mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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