East Meets West Grilling Glaze

May  2, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Serves app 1 cup
Author Notes

This is a versatile sweet / spicy / tart glaze that combines some western sensibilites (Coca Cola, molasses) with the perfume of the Far East in the spices and pungent fish sauce. I am calling for 1 tbs of chili paste here, but if you are like me you will taste it and then plop another spoonful in - that's a chili head thing and not for everyone. You can use this on short ribs, BBQ tofu, to glaze roasted veggies or grilled ribs. Me, I am brushing it on a flank steak while it grills this evening, then slicing it over salad greens with slivered onion and cucumber, and some fresh cilantro. —aargersi

What You'll Need
  • 6 whole green cardamom pods
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole garlic cloves
  • 1" slice ginger root
  • 1 - 12 ounces can Coca-Cola (no diet!)
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sambal olek
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  1. Gently toast the whole spices in a saucepan until they are fragrant (I LOVE the smell of toasted white peppercorn in particular). Add the Coke, coffee, garlic and ginger and simmer gently until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.
  2. Strain the liquid into something - I just use a 2 cup measuring cup. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Taste for heat (I add more chili) and salt (you can add a splash more fish sauce or tamari).
  3. That's all there is to it - brush it on whatever you are grilling, and enjoy!!!
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Recipe by: aargersi

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4 Reviews

lapadia May 4, 2013
Excellent! Hmmm, think I remember this over at WFM :)
dymnyno May 3, 2013
Wow! This flavor profile sounds like it belongs in my backyard! on the BBQ
AntoniaJames May 2, 2013
Oh my goodness! Sounds wonderful. Definitely must try this, ASAP. ;o) P.S. Does regular molasses work okay? That's all I have on hand . . . . Thanks!
savorthis May 2, 2013
That sounds great! I'm thinking flanken style short ribs...