Sweet Asian Barbecue Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | April 7th, 2014 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

seasonings-72790_640Last week my almost 18 year old son and husband started a get healthy diet.  Neither needed a major change in diet, just a reduction in portions and elimination of too frequent splurges (chips, ice cream, etc.)  With Tapas Monday falling on Day 1 of the diet, I wanted to create a menu that allowed us to enjoy our candlelit dinner for two but helped my husband stay on track.  (I will not be the reason a diet fails!)

Besides the atmosphere of the dinner, one of the things I like most about the meal is that I try to make bite-sized, snacky foods.  To keep the menu healthy, I decided to use tofa instead of a meat-based protein for one of our dishes.  The good news is that my husband will eat tofu.  To make it tasty you simply need to infuse flavor.  I’ve made buffalo tofu, but I wanted to try something new.  Thus, I decided to give barbecue a try.

A few recipe tips-

  • The maple syrup can be replaced with brown sugar.
  • If you prefer spicy barbecue, increase the amount of sriracha or provide extra when serving.
  • Let the tofu bites soak in the sauce for at least 4 hours, if not longer.  This will help the tofu take on the flavor of the sauce.

This dish was a hit for both my husband and me.  I’m still working on making the kids into fans of tofu. This recipe may be the one to do it.  I’ll be sure to try in the coming weeks.

Sweet Asian Barbecue Sauce


  1. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  2. 2 Tb. maple syrup
  3. 2 Tb. ketchup
  4. 1 Tb. rice wine vinegar
  5. 1 Tb. brown sugar
  6. 1-2 dashes sriracha
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Pour over desired protein.
  3. Cook as instructed.
  4. For tofu bites, cut extra firm tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  5. Cover with 2/3 of sauce.
  6. Save remaining sauce to serve with finished product.
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