Coconut Chile Lime BBQ Sauce

May  7, 2013
3 Ratings
  • Makes 1 or so cups of sauce
Author Notes

I've been playing around with cooking with coconut milk and marinating meat in coconut milk. I threw this together the other day as a marinade and I thought it tasted so good that I didn't think marinating was enough, so I decided to use it as a grilling and dipping sauce. After marinating some pork chops, I poured the marinade into a sauce pan, boiled it down, added the juice of a lime for some tang, and chile paste made from reconstituted ancho and chipotle chiles for a little extra kick. I brushed it on the pork chops as they cooked and then served the remaining sauce over the chops. It's a really nice alternative to tomato and vinegar based BBQ sauces. —pigisyummy

What You'll Need
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 1 dried chipotle chile
  • 1 lime
  1. In a food processor, pulse the garlic and shallots until minced. In a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind up the coriander seeds until fine.
  2. Add the coriander, salt, soy sauce, coconut milk, and sugar to the food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Marinate your meat in the sauce for at least 3 hours.
  4. Clean your dried chiles and remove the seeds. Place them in a bowl and cover with boiling water for about 20min or until soft. Place the chiles plus a little bit of the soaking liquid in a food processor or blend and blend until smooth.
  5. Remove meat from marinade and pour the marinade into a sauce pan with the blended chiles.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a strong simmer. Squeeze in the juice of one lime and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.
  7. Brush the sauce on meat while it's cooking and/or use it as a dipping sauce.
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3 Reviews

fearlessem June 5, 2013
This was so so so good! I knew it would be as soon as I saw the photo. Spicy, a little sweet, rich, and complex. I did it with chicken thighs, and had baked sweet potatoes on the side... The sauce was amazing with the sweet potatoes! I want to put this on everything!
pigisyummy August 1, 2013
so glad you liked it! sweet potatoes sound awesome.
fearlessem May 15, 2013
I'd like to test this recipe, but don't see any tester button!