Guava BBQ Sauce

Cuisine: Colombian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 cup

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!


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  1. Add all the ingredients, except the salt and pepper to a medium-size pot and bring it to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low or medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let it cool and serve.

Chef Notes

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.

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