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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

43 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 9.5g; sodium 85.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2010
Very delicious. Very easy to make. I added a little more liquid but that was the only chage. This recipe is very flavorful. Would be delicious on just about any type of protein maybe even tofu why not? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2010
Very delicious. Very easy to make. I added a little more liquid but that was the only chage. This recipe is very flavorful. Would be delicious on just about any type of protein maybe even tofu why not? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2011
Fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2009
YUM YUM YUM Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2013
Followed the recipe almost exactly - used ground ginger instead of fresh and sriraccha instead of the pepper which I didn't have. Delicious!! It is a bit sweet but I prefer sweet BBQ sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2013
I really love this guava barbecue sauce that a local Cuban restaurant makes (that sadly went out of business). So when I saw this I was so excited! This sauce was a great barbecue sauce but mine did not turn out with as much guava flavor as I would have liked. My kids LOVED it. We used it on barbecued chicken. I made this recipe exactly the way it tells it to be except I omitted the chile (kids) and added more guava. Next time I make this I will add less tomato paste and see if it's closer to what I was looking for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2015
This is a very nice very fruity BBQ sauce. We found this recipe reminding us of Jamaica and that's a good thing! I followed the recipe as written except I used Scotch Bonnet pepper powder instead of an actual pepper. I used 1/2 teaspoon. To make this again I think I would like even more kick so I would add more powder maybe a whole teaspoon. I think that would balance a little nicer with the sweetness. I used this on ribs but I think it would really be excellent on chicken. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2014
This was delicious! It was quite a bit sweeter than I expected but I might have put in more guava paste than the recipe called for. I used 2T molasses and 2T pineapple juice in place of the dark rum and in place of the chili pepper I just put in a couple shakes of hot sauce (yes not very authentic but it's what I had). I poured it over some boneless chicken thighs and cooked it in the oven at 350 for 30 min. The sauce tasted great with mashed potatoes too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2018
I made it but tweaked it to have more of a far East flavor. I omitted the cold water scotch bonnet peppers and cut back on the lemon juice.. I then added Dragonfly Sweet soy sauce Thai chillies half the dark rum extra ginger extra garlic half a Spanish onion cummin cinnamon coriander smoked paprika a cup of ketchup in place of tomato paste (too overpowering) a whole can of goya guava paste (21 oz.) and two heaping spoonfuls of Korean Hot Pepper paste. The result is spicy heavenly goodness. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2017
So good followed the recipe exactly except for I could not find a scotch bonnet pepper so I threw in a jalapeno and it had a little kick. Also I probably put a lot more guava paste than the recipe because I really wanted to taste the guava. Very delicious. Thank you thank you!!!!! Read More