Guava Barbeque Sauce Recipe -
Guava Barbeque Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Guava Barbeque Sauce

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"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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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. 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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Jun 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?

May 16, 2011



7 Ratings

Oct 19, 2009


Jan 08, 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.

Jun 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.

Mar 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.

Mar 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.


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  • Calories
  • 43 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 86 mg
  • 3%

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

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