Smokin Willie’s Shanghai Style BBQ Sauce (5/5)



Ah yes, another five star sauce.  I’ve been pretty much addicted to this one since it was sent to me and I’ve tried it on everything from Angus beef burgers (gifts from Omaha Steak Co) to mac & cheese to grilled chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches.  It’s a great all purpose sauce that I can’t get enough of.  Great sauce that you should try if you like Asian-style soy/hoisin type sauces.

Smell  5
Taste  5
Consistency  5
Ingredients   4
Label and marketing   5

Here’s what Bill Kelley, the owner of the company, has this to say about the sauce:

I love to cook Chinese, Japanese and Thai food at home and wanted to develop a versital Asian sauce for the Grill to compliment my other two BBQ sauces. Most of the Asian sauces are soy based and very thin and seemed to roll off the meat when I brushed it on. I wanted something thick and rich that would stay on the meat when brushed on and that is how this sauce was developed.

Here’s more, from Bill:

All natural and contains no high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives or MSG. Smokin’ Willie’s is a thick and rich Asian inspired BBQ & Grilling sauce. Use on Sea Food; Ahi Tuna, Salmon, Fish, Shrimp, Scallops and  Ribs, Pork, Beef, Chicken and even Stir-Frys. You can make a Chinese Chicken Lettuce wrap to rival the best Chinese restaurant right in your own kitchen.

Ingredients: Hoisin Sauce (Sugar, Water, Sweet Potato, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Soybeans, Spices, Sesame Seeds, Wheat Flour, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Acetic Acid) Lite Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, Tomato Paste, Distilled Rice Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Carmel Color (a natural food color), Garlic powder, Seasonings (contains Soybean Oil & Natural flavor), Onion Powder.


Site Editor, BBQ Sauce Lover, Family Guy, Hi Tech Marketer by Day. He recently wrote the Ebook “How to Market Your BBQ Sauce” which can be purchased on this site.



  1. Chef Hymie Grande ( ) is the first and only bottled BBQ sauce to carry the seal of the American Diabetes Association on the label. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, it is all natural and vegan friendly. It is produced at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgton, NJ by Jamie Failtelson, a.k.a. Chef Hymie Grande of Carlstadt, NJ. 5% of proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.

  2. In for one of those and a classic. With the minute difference in cost of shipping, next day was worth it. Any recommendations for my first test, er, taste?

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