Sriracha Barbecue Sauce

Posted on 19 July 2010

Sriracha barbecue sauce

My sister-in-law is mad for Sriracha. I considered sending her some (do they have Sriracha in Brunei?) and instead decided to put together a barbecue sauce inspired by her love. Because that’s the same thing, right?

Actually, this started as an experiment in ribs. I had a beautiful rack ready to go and figured that I could wing the sauce.

And then the oven wouldn’t light. Oy.

Sriracha barbecue sauce

Matt fiddled with it for a while and got it working. Hooray! The ribs went into the oven for 1.5 hours and onto the grill for an additional 15 minutes.

And then the ribs were overcooked. And, by overcooked, I mean burned. Double oy.

Wait, not all was lost! Two sad little ribs somehow managed to escape the immolation. Although the meat was tough(ish), the sauce was perfectly caramelized and sweet with an extra fiery kick. This was a sauce for the ages.

Sriracha barbecue sauce

Or, at least, to try again when the oven is working again. Hopefully Friday.

Sriracha Barbecue Sauce

Yield: Makes enough sauce for 2 racks of ribs


1 cup molasses*
1/2 cup Sriracha**
1/4 cup ketchup
Splash marsala wine***
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients. Baste ribs with sauce frequently and cook until caramelized and brown.

Adapted generously from Better Recipes

* Every time I use molasses, I am reminded of the Great Molasses Flood. Which, in my head, seems really funny because I can’t imagine molasses moving quickly enough to kill people. But, clearly, it was very, very sad.

** This seems like a lot. It is.

*** You may not need this. But I had it so it went in.

3 responses to Sriracha Barbecue Sauce

  • ramya says:

    I think Sriracha makes everything better.

  • allfourburners says:

    Ha! I tend to agree. Hence the BBQ sauce.

  • Rebecca says:

    I would try this if I liked ribs…not really a ribs fan though.

    The Molasses Flood was sad. But…still.

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