The best homemade BBQ sauce recipe! Tangy, smoky, sweet guava bbq sauce made with simple ingredients. Perfect for marinating, cooking, or grilling!
If you live in Miami or have ever visited Miami, I’m sure you know we’re all kind of obsessed with guava. We’ll enjoy it as a fruit, as a dessert, or even make pastelitos de guayaba y queso. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to introduce you to this delicious fruit.
What is Guava?
Guava is a tropical fruit that is oval in shape with a rough light green skin. Their insides are a light pink color and they taste a little sour-sweet. There are several varieties of guava fruits but the most common one taste like a mix between a strawberry and a lemon. Sounds weird, right? It’s so unique though. Don’t knock it til you try it!
Now because of the fruit’s high pectin content, you’re able to make guava jams, guava marmalade, and guava paste from the fruit. Guava paste is essentially like a fruit leather made by cooking the guava fruit and sugar until it becomes a very thick [delicious] paste. While the jams and marmalade are more drippy, the guava paste is thick and sticky, but still soft enough to slice. While you’ll usually see guava being used in sweet recipes, you can use it for savory recipes too!
Today, we’re making a delicious guava bbq sauce recipe with it!
How To Make Guava BBQ Sauce From Scratch
This bbq sauce is super easy to make using common ingredients you can find in any grocery store. Personally, I am not a fan of using ketchup in bbq recipes so you will not see that here. The guava paste has enough sugar to make this bbq sauce sweet and tangy!
In a small saucepan, add the guava paste (I like the Conchita brand), apple cider vinegar, spiced rum, tomato paste, lime juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, and water. Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, turn down to low heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced, about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Transfer to a jar. That’s it!
How long does guava bbq sauce last?
Guava BBQ sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container for up to 2-3 weeks in the fridge. You’ll probably use it up before then though. ;)
This guava BBQ sauce is the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and STICKY. The good kind of sticky.
Best part about it is that it’s versatile so you can add this BBQ sauce on ribs, ham, chicken breast or thighs, or even pulled pork.
Can’t wait for you to make it!
- 1 cup guava paste, cut in cubes
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small saucepan, add the guava paste, vinegar, rum, tomato paste, lime juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, and water. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn down to low heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced, about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Transfer to a jar. Enjoy!