Authentic Arawak Bar-B-Q Sauce

Authentic Arawak Bar-B-Q Sauce

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"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."
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1 h 15 m servings 432 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 432 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 28.4 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.3g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 2990 mg
  • 120%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * 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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  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.


  1. 22 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I marinated a london broil for 24 hours for a party. I grilled it and served it was gone before I knew it and everyone was asking for more! Delicious!

Most helpful critical review

Kind of an odd flavor. we did not love it. won't do it again

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I marinated a london broil for 24 hours for a party. I grilled it and served it was gone before I knew it and everyone was asking for more! Delicious!

This is a seriously wonderful butt kicking BBQ sauce. The only criticism I have of the recipe is the instruction to "Discard any remaining sauce." Do Not Do That!!! Instead after marinating the ...

I found this recipe two years ago and have used it more than 10 times for chicken because my family loved it and when I'm BBQing chicken my dad always ask me if I used 'the Arawak marinade.' Ara...

This is an excellent marinade. I marinated chicken over night and BBQ'd it and it was the most juicy and flavorful chicken I have ever had. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! !

I just came back from my honeymoon in Aruba and we had this bbq sauce and this recipe is even better that the sauce we had! It was so flavorful and delicious. My husband and I love it.

This recipe is WONDERFUL! I've made it twice before. One of those times was for a Father's Day celebration. I'll be making it again tomorrow for a Labor Day weekend party. Can't wait!

We lived in Trinidad for 3 years. It was nice to have a recipe that reminded us of there. It was very good and extremely tasty! Next time I'll try cooking it in the oven, as I'm not that good on...

I love the unusual, delicious flavour of this BBQ sauce. It's unlike any other.

Mmmmmmmmmm!! Need I say more?!

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