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Authentic Arawak Bar-B-Q Sauce Recipe
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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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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

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
Jun 30, 2012

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


21 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

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! !

Sep 22, 2008

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 meat or fish, boil the sauce you used to marinade and it will reduce nicely to a spicy kind of sticky BBQ sauce which freezes just fine. BTW the recipe makes enough for at least 2 meals if you're cooking for 2 so split it in half and freeze the rest. Works great on pork tenderloins and probably anything else you can think of. The London Broil idea was fantastic! We loved it!!!

Jul 18, 2004

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.' Arawak BBQ sauce is also very forgiving marinade~ once this summer I added diet 7-up soda because nobody would drink it and there was only 1 cup left. The chicken still tasted good! The combination of spices and other ingredients gave chicken slightly sweet, light tang, mouth-watering taste with marvelous aroma! The aroma is almost thearptic. *Breath in, Breath out* :)

Jan 25, 2004

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.

Jan 25, 2004

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!

Jun 15, 2007

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 the grill. Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 432 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 28.4 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 2990 mg
  • 120%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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