Japanese Influenced BBQ Sauce


Asian-style BBQ sauce that can be used for final brushing or dipping. This sauce is mod-friendly and almost impossible to ruin with whatever you add. You can use rice wine vinegar instead of white. Try it with wasabi or horseradish instead of the dry mustard. You can add 2 6-ounce cans of tomato paste for more of a ketchup consistency, or just omit the water. Use this sauce like any other thick BBQ sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 cups


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • ½ cup sake

  • ½ cup water

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup dark miso paste

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (Japanese- or Thai-style)

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in hot oil until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Stir tomato paste, sake, water, sugar, vinegar, miso paste, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder, ginger, and red pepper flakes with the garlic in the saucepan; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

For an easy sloppy joe-style dish, brown ground pork and chopped onions in a pan, add a couple spoons of sauce. Place sloppy joe on a thick slice of bread and top with mozzarella.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

120 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* 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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