This spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce hits the right notes to make a lot of people happy. That delicious tropical tangy sweetness of pineapple meets the earthy sweetness of dark brown sugar. And then there’s the hint of fire. Ground ginger and cayenne pepper combine for a certain kick, without being overly spicy. It’s just enough to wake up those tastebuds – a level most everyone can enjoy.
Use this barbecue sauce with ribs, pork, chicken, and even steaks. It’s robust enough to handle the boldest meats. This recipe makes about two cups of sauce, which is plenty for party-level marinating. Plus, there’ll often be a little extra for use on the side as a dipper for fried appetizers. It’s great with chicken tenders.
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Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
- In a saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, and garlic. Stir well.
- Bring the sauce to a quick boil, then lower the heat to low and add in the dark brown sugar, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper powder. Stir well.
- Allow the sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Taste the sauce and add liquid smoke (optional) and/or additional cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and/or ground ginger to taste.