Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible

Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce

Recipe from Grill to Perfection: Two Champion Pit Masters Share Recipes and Techniques for Unforgettable Backyard Grilling

Pair this sauce with our Sticky Rice recipe. You should make the sauce while the rice is cooking.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper, stemmed and minced, with seeds
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped

Step 1: In a small saucepan over high heat, bring sugar, water and pepper to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 2: Remove from heat, place in a small bowl and cool in refrigerator. When thoroughly chilled, stir in the remaining ingredients. Set aside until rice is done.

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