Looking for BBQ sauce recipe with mild peanut flavor

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by patriot-bbq, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. patriot-bbq

    patriot-bbq Newbie

    Heirloom BBQ in Atlanta has a Korean BBQ sauce that is red and has a mild peanut flavor.  A review of the restaurant also described the sauce as a "spicy Korean gochujang with its intense burst of chile, garlic and sugar."

    The sauce is still red, thinner than average, mildly translucent.

    Does anyone know of a recipe like this?  This is incredible and great with pulled chicken.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Gochujang is a fermented chili/bean paste available in Asian markets. I don't have a specific recipe but in addition to the Gochujang there is a combination of Garlic, Ginger, Sesame Oil, the peanut taste,Brown Sugar, Rice Vinegar and Fish Sauce but Soy Sauce can be substituted. Do a search for Korean Fried Chicken and you will find a variety of recipes with varying proportions of the above and will get you started to get what you are looking for...JJ

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
  3. I would make a sauce like normal and add this Korean stuff and/or peanut butter. Tasting as I go to get it just right.

    Maybe use the above mentioned Korean paste and add soy sauce and what ever seems missing as you go.

    If you find a good combination tell us. I think it could be a good addition. Got me thinking of adding peanut butter to one of my sauces for chicken or pork.


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  4. Please post your results. I make a hot BBQ sauce. This would be good milder.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Give this a try. Gochujang is pretty spicy, you may wish to start with less (2T) and add as desired..JJ

    Korean BBQ Juice

    1/4C Gochujang, Korean Red Pepper Paste

    1/4C Soy Sauce or Fish Sauce

    1/4C Honey

    2T Mirin, Sweet Rice Wine

    2T Rice or White Vinegar or as needed

    1T Toasted Sesame Oil

    1T Garlic, minced fine.

    1tsp Grated Fresh Ginger

    1T Peanut Butter (optional)*

    Water as needed

    Combine Gochujang, Soy Sauce, Honey, Mirin and Rice Vinegar.

    Whisk until combined and set aside.

    Add the Sesame Oil to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat.

    Add the Garlic and Ginger and saute briefly until fragrant.

    Add the sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.

    Simmer to desired thickness adding Water as needed.

    Taste and adjust adding more Vinegar or Honey to taste.

    Makes about 1 Cup Sauce. 

    *Note: If using Peanut Butter, thin with water or Mirin until pourable then combine with the first group of ingredients. Some recipes add Ketchup but it is not traditional.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014

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