DIY Hoisin Sauce Marinade with Old No. 1

Hoisin sauce: sweet and salty, used as a meat marinade and an addition to stir fries, is like a Chinese take on BBQ sauce. And you can make your own with Old No. 1 Universal BBQ Rub and a few other common ingredients. Gluten-free recipe version included!

DIY Hoisin Sauce with Old No. 1

  Prep Time: 5 min  Cook Time: 10 minutes  Yields: about 1 cup sauce


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (avocado, coconut, or your choice)

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce*

  • 3 tablespoons raw honey

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Old No. 1 Universal BBQ Rub

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1/2 tsp corn starch* mixed with 1 tsp cold water


  1. Heat in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often until golden brown (about 2 minutes). 

  2. Add soy sauce*, honey, vinegar, Old No. 1, and molasses and whisk to combine.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add corn starch* mixture, stir. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened: about 5 minutes.

  4. Season with more Old No. 1 to taste. Allow to cool.

*Gluten-Free version

Substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce and arrowroot powder for the corn starch. Some brands of corn starch are gluten-free, however.

Featured Seasoning: Old No. 1 Universal BBQ Rub

Why it works: Old No. 1's flavor profile of anise, cinnamon, ginger, and peppers perfectly duplicates the sweet, earthy, spicy notes of Chinese hoisin sauce. This spice blend makes it super easy to use common pantry ingredients to create this exotic sauce and marinade to have on hand anytime.