Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Recipe

BBQ sauce is key in several authentic Hawaiian dishes. Whether you’re preparing delicious Hawaiian-style pulled pork, scallops, or other delectable dishes, here are some tips and pointers for choosing an authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce recipe!

Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce RecipeWhat Makes an Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Different?

What differentiates an authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce from a standard Mainland American BBQ sauce? The secret lies in its tropical fruity tang; unlike other BBQ sauces, Hawaiian BBQ is made with pineapple and soy sauce, giving it that distinct, sweet taste that characterizes authentic Hawaiian food.

Make the Base for Your Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Recipe

Of course it would be ruining a secret if we were to share the official Hula Restaurant & Sauce Co. authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce recipe. Instead, we’re giving a coaching lesson to teach you how to come up with your own recipe. We’ll give you instructions on how to make the base, and then teach you how to build up the flavors on your own.

The base for your Hawaiian BBQ sauce is the same as that for any other type of BBQ sauce: just the basic ingredients. You’ll need about 8 oz. (that’s one can) of tomato sauce (hint: choose the most natural kind for better flavor – organic is best), half a cup of vegetable oil, ¼ a cup of apple cider vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Stir together, then flavor with 3 tablespoons, plus two teaspoons, of sugar, 2 tablespoons of dried minced onion, 3 teaspoons of dry mustard, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, and half a teaspoon of garlic powder. Add kosher salt and finely ground black pepper to your individual taste. Allow the ingredients to sit together for a short while, to absorb each other’s flavors.

Add Hawaiian Flavors to your Hawaiian BBQ Base

Now that you’ve got the base for your authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce, it’s time to add the tropical touch. You’ll need some crushed and drained pineapple, plus a bit of soy sauce. We recommend selecting the reduced sodium kind, as soy sauce can be naturally high in concentrated sodium. Stir the pineapple and soy sauce in with the rest of the ingredients. Pour the mixture into a saucepan, and gradually heat up over medium to low heat, stirring to keep the sauce from cooking unevenly. Bring to a slow boil and allow to simmer over low heat for at least ten minutes, or until the right consistency is attained. You can add a little of this and a little of that, depending on the sweetness and tropical elements that you want to bring into it.

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What to do with Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

Once you’ve created your Hawaiian BBQ sauce, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with it!

Some typical dishes that can be flavored with Hawaiian BBQ sauce include:

  • Crock-pot chicken

Perhaps the easiest tasty meal you’ve ever cooked up!

Toss 4-6 chicken breasts, 1lb. (the equivalent of approximately one typical bottle) of authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce, and 1 can of pineapple, together into a crockpot. Cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours. Serve over Asian-style sticky white rice.

  • Mainland Equivalent of Kalua Pork

Unlike Hawaiians, most of us can’t dig a traditional Polynesian pit where meat is cooked over heated stones, which is how the Hawaiian kalua pork dish is customarily prepared. However, we can imitate the effect in a slow-cooker. Pour your Hawaiian BBQ sauce liberally over the finished pork for that last true touch of the islands.

  • Genuine Hawaiian Fish Dishes

The unique fruity-sweet taste of Hawaiian BBQ sauce goes perfectly with just about any type of fish. Try it with fresh, grilled scallops, succulent salmon fillets, shrimp, or moist white fish, such as halibut, cod, or plaice.

  • Vegetables

Hawaiian style BBQ sauce also tastes amazing on those healthy greens you’re supposed to be eating! Stir-fry some zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and onions, and toss with BBQ sauce for a vegetable dish that your family and friends will love!

Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Makes a Great Marinade

Marinating your meats, fish, and vegetables in the sweet, pineapple flavor of Hawaiian BBQ sauce is one way to ensure that your dish retains all its natural juices and tenderness, enhanced by a distinctive Hawaiian essence.

Pour some of the BBQ sauce into a Ziploc bag, add the raw meat, fish, or uncooked vegetables, and seal. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours. The longer the food marinates, the stronger the zing will be when you take it out and place it on the grill!

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Wish you had the Hula Restaurant Authentic Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Recipe?

Is your schedule packed full and you don’t have time to concoct your own homemade BBQ sauce before your luau? Did you try to make your own but it didn’t meet your expectations?

Luckily, there’s an alternative to making your own sauce. The Hula Restaurant sells its own scrumptious sauces, created from its own unique recipes. Bring that restaurant quality into your own kitchen with a bottle of Hula Sauces Hawaiian BBQ Sauce.

Channel your inner Islander and get saucy!

Transport your taste buds to the tropics with an authentic Hawaiian BBQ sauce! Get creative, have fun cooking, be generous with the sauce, and enjoy life each day like you’re in Hawaii!