Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

The Perfect Marinade

Leading up to Christmas, we are entertaining more often and having little parties here and there and this sauce works to create not only sumptuous ribs, but also the perfect party chicken wing. Sweet, sticky, addictive and great for kids and adults, this robust marinade goes marvellously with lots of heat, so pile in the chilli for those who like it hot! Otherwise I have found that this recipe, above many others I have tried (years of trawling US sites, boiling up batches of coca cola marinade, you name it – I’ve tried it) provides the perfect mix of tang, sweet, sour and flavour.

It bakes to a delicious sticky texture, with just the right amount of burnished, crispness.

Sticky BBQ Sauce Recipe


(Makes enough for about 1.5kg chicken wings or drummettes, or a couple of racks of ribs)
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup plum sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp paprika
salt to season

(optional for more flavour, 1 tsp of celery salt, 1 tbs cayenne pepper and/or chilli)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and marinade meat for as long as possible.
Heat an oven to 180c, and lay the pieces flat on a baking tray. Don’t over-crowd or they’ll go soggy.
Keep aside some of the sauce for basting at the end.

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