Guava Barbeque Sauce


One of the best slathers for ribs and ham. Its tropical fruitiness goes well with chicken, turkey, duck and even game. Guava paste is much beloved by Cuban Americans, Puerto Ricans, and South Americans too!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
3 cups


  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1 cup guava paste

  • cup apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup dark rum

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ scotch bonnet chile pepper (or to taste), minced

  • kosher salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the water, guava paste, vinegar, rum, tomato paste, lemon juice, onion, ginger, soy sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and scotch bonnet pepper into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking until evenly blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has slightly thickened and is richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes. The sauce should be pourable. If it has become too thick, thin it with some water. Serve hot or cold.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

43 Calories
10g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 43
% Daily Value *
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 51mg 1%

* 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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