Peanut Butter for the Hungry

Peanut Hoisin Barbecue SauceServes: Makes 2 cups (500 mL)
Cooking Time: 15 min

What makes a great barbecue sauce? In this recipe, the combination of hoisin sauce and peanut butter provides a satisfying contrast of sweet, salty and aromatic flavours making a delectable barbeque sauce for your family to enjoy all summer long.


1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
1/2 cup finely chopped onion 125 mL
4 large garlic cloves, minced 4
1 cup ketchup 250 mL
3/4 cup water 175 mL
1/4 cup peanut butter 50 mL
1/4 cup lemon juice 50 mL
2 tbsp hoisin sauce 30 mL
2 tbsp honey 30 mL
2 tbsp chili powder 30 mL
1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1 mL


Heat oil in a large saucepan (as mixture spatters) over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup, water, peanut butter, lemon juice, hoisin, honey and seasonings.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered.Stir occasionally at first and then more frequently near the end of cooking to blend flavours and thicken slightly, about 5 minutes. Ideal for ribs, burgers or chicken.