Guava BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup rum (Optional)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion (or 2 tablespoons white onion), minced
- 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 tablespoon fresh ginger), grated
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup (8 ounces) Guava paste cut into small pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
One of the restaurants we usually go to whenever we go to Florida is Pollo Tropical. My niece loves the chicken, and so do we, but another thing I love about the place is all the different sauces they have available for you. They go from your basic ketchup and mayo to curry, pineapple, and my old time favorite, guava BBQ sauce.
Those were pretty much the only times I had it and it was mainly because finding guava anything in the city where I live is not that easy. So when we went to Colombia on vacation, I brought back two large slabs of guava paste and that's when I decided to make it.
I found a few recipes online that looked OK, but the one that caught my attention had rum in it, and that's the one I decided to make. I made a few changes to the ingredients and the amounts, because I always adapt recipes to my liking, and it really came out delicious!
If you want it sweeter, you can add more guava paste, if you don't like rum, you can omit it, and if you want it spicy, you can add chili powder or half of a chopped jalapeño. You can refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 1 week.