BBQ with a Belizean Twist

by Vivian Roe

The weekend is here. In Belize, that means it’s time for BBQ! Ask any Belizean what’s on their lunch menu for Saturday and hands down you will get the response “BBQ, of course!” It’s a weekend favorite. Barbecue stalls are located on practically every street corner in Belize. Vendors set up their tents and barbecue grills on the sidewalks taking advantage of the proximity to pedestrians and motorists alike. You can smell from afar the sweet smoky aroma of pork chops, ribs, sausage, steak, chicken, and even seafood like lobster (when in season). 

The convenience of having someone else cook on the weekend is always welcomed on a Saturday.  Nevertheless, in Belize, many families enjoy gathering and having a barbecue over the weekend. Belize’s tropical weather always makes for great weather to host a barbecue with family and friends. For your next BBQ add a special Belizean twist to your cooking with the Flavors of Belize Cookbook barbecue sauce recipe. 

Belizean BBQ Sauce


  • ¼ cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • ½ lemon or lime, juiced
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


Reduce by simmering the above ingredients uncovered for 40 minutes or until it looks like molasses. Add the last 2 ingredients and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.

This BBQ sauce goes well with your favorite type of meat and can be used for vegetables too!

Happy BBQing!

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