Delicious Hawaiian Barbeque on the islands, a favorite local dish with easy recipes to follow

Everyone love’s Hawaiian Barbeque, but what is it exactly? With so many riffs on what Hawaiian barbeque actually is, we are sharing this quick guide to what inspired in the food world to what Hawaiian barbeque really is and the different inspiration to creating unique marinades, sauces and cooking barbeque styles that create this idea of local barbeque style on the islands.

What is Hawaiian Barbeque style?

Hawaiian barbeque in Hawaii encompasses a variety of cooking styles, sauces and marinades and even how to prepare a grill using local woods or gas to cook with. You’ll find all the typical recipes below easy to follow with basic ingredients that are typical of most barbeque recipes.

What is Hawaiian Barbeque style?

Hawaiian barbeque vs American barbeque style

This is some subtle difference between Hawaiian barbeque style and popular American Barbeque sauces and marinades used for grilling. Most Hawaiian barbeque typically utilize some tropical flavors like passion fruit, pineapple or even Asian inspired like soy sauce, sesame oil or other local inspired ingredients to create a blended marinade or sauce that has a tropical or Asian inspired flavor and sauce. A Hawaiian inspired dipping sauce or marinade is perfect for many meat and seafood dishes like Hawaiian style pulled pork, fish, chicken or some other seafood. Most American style marinades in comparison create sauces using ketchup, garlic, worchestershire sauce, vinegar, olive oil and various herbs and peppers to make a dry rub or marinade to cook with.

You’ll love trying the many Hawaiian infused sauces to create a more delicious bite with over tones of tropical, smoky to Asian flavorings depending on what your preference is for dipping or marinade on the dish. You can easily buy already made marinades and sauces in popular Asian and Hawaiian inspired sauces purchased at grocery or specialty food stores throughout the islands.

Is there an actual Hawaiian barbeque style of food?

Can you make your own Hawaiian Style sauce?

Yes, you can create your own version of a Hawaiian style sauce, you just need to start with creating a typical base for your marinade or sauce.

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Creating a base Hawaiian style BBQ sauce

The base uses basic ingredients to use in create a sauce that includes:

8 oz or tomato sauce – organic or the best brand you can buy

A half cup of vegetable oil

¼ cup of apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

The base for your Hawaiian BBQ sauce is the same as that for any other type of BBQ sauce: just the basic ingredients. You’ll need about 8 oz. (that’s one can) of tomato sauce (hint: choose the most natural kind for better flavor – organic is best), half a cup of vegetable oil, ¼ a cup of apple cider vinegar, and 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Stir together, then flavor with 3 tablespoons, plus two teaspoons, of sugar, 2 tablespoons of dried minced onion, 3 teaspoons of dry mustard, 2 teaspoons of chili powder, and half a teaspoon of garlic powder. Add kosher salt and finely ground black pepper to your individual taste. Mix the ingredients well and allow the ingredients to sit together for a short while, to absorb each other’s flavors.

Add some Hawaiian inspired flavor with these ingredients

Hawaiian style covers the gamut from sweet, tart, savory to spicy barbeque flavors. To create your personal tropical inspirations most sauce recipies includes using a variety of incredients including: pineapple sauce

soy sauce

teriyaki sauce

fresh or ground ginger

fresh garlic

brown sugar

chili pepper

liquid smoke


You can follow some of the video recipes below to give more Hawaiian sweet and savory and even some heat to your barbeque dishes.

Check out these inspired Hawaiian barbeque recipes below

Check out these inspired Hawaiian barbeque recipes below

With so many different meats, fishes and chicken or pork, you can barbeque so many delicious dishes like the inspiring Hawaiian style barbeque recipes below.

Try this Chicken and short ribes in a Hawaiian style bbq marinade

Ribs Hawaiian Style

Huli Huli Barbeque style chicken

A very simple marinade to use for any meat dishes

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Conclusion to Hawaiian style barbeque

Conclusion to Hawaiian style barbeque

If you are craving some Hawaiian style barbeque for your beef, chicken, pork or even seafood dishes, these recipes above will inspire you to try and make your own sauces to your taste.

Thanks for visiting today and checking out this post on Hawaiian Barbeque. I hope you are inspired to plan a visit and enjoy some delicious barbeque and try to make some of these amazing dishes at home.

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