East Meets West Grilling Glaze

May 2, 2013

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

Serves: app 1 cup


  • 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
In This Recipe


  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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