Fiery Elegance on the Grill: The Fascination of Latino BBQ Sauce

Fiery Elegance on the Grill: The Fascination of Latino BBQ Sauce | American Heritage Blog

Here's what to expect in our article about Latino BBQ sauces:

  • The History of Latino BBQ: What is it and where does it come from?
  • Manufacturing Latino BBQ Sauces: What ingredients do they have?
  • Focus on Our Favorite Latino BBQ Sauce: "Tres Chiles" and "Diablo Limonajo"
  • Applications and Recipe Ideas with Latino BBQ Sauce

Join the American Heritage team as we explore the world of Latino barbecue cuisine and discover how this unique style of preparation can unleash an explosion of flavors on the plate. In this blog, we'll take you on a culinary journey through the intricacies of Latin American BBQ and its accompanying sauces. We'll then examine the typical ingredients of these sauces. Next, we'll focus on our team's favourite Latin American BBQ sauces: "Tres Chiles Pica Dulce" and "Diablo Limonajo." Finally, in our inspiring recipe ideas, you'll learn how to enjoy Latin American flavours in your kitchen with Latino BBQ sauces perfect for the upcoming BBQ Season! 

Latino BBQ or BBQ in Latin American style: What is it exactly?

The history of Latino BBQ can be traced back to the rich culinary tradition of Latin America. This BBQ style is the result of the fusion of various native ingredients and cooking techniques used in Latin American countries.

Latino BBQ refers to the diverse culinary traditions of grilling and roasting in Latin American countries and the Caribbean. It is a diverse and vibrant way of grilling and enjoying food, influenced by the different cultures and flavors of the region. Each country and smaller region has its own variations and recipes, shaped by local ingredients and cooking traditions. From spicy and flavorful ingredients to milder variations, there is a wide range of flavor profiles that reflect the diversity of Latin American cuisine.

Marinades, spicy spices, and fresh herbs are commonly used. Popular ingredients include beef, pork, chicken, fish, and seafood, often grilled over an open flame or charcoal. Various types of chilli peppers, cilantro, limes, garlic, and other local herbs and spices are used. The combination of these flavors gives the BBQ a unique taste that sets it apart from other BBQ styles.

Some well-known dishes from Latino BBQ include Argentinian Asado, Colombian Churrasco, Mexican Barbacoa, and Caribbean Jerk Chicken. These dishes are popular not only for their delicious taste but also for their convivial atmosphere and cultural heritage, which make grilling an integral part of Latin American lifestyle.


Where does Latino BBQ come from?

The practice of grilling meat and other foods outdoors has been widespread in Latin America for centuries, influenced by indigenous peoples as well as European immigrants.

The indigenous peoples of Latin America, such as the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas, were already practising the grilling of meat over open fires before the arrival of Europeans. These techniques were further developed by Spanish, Portuguese, and later African immigrants, enriched with new ingredients and spices.

Each Latin American and Caribbean culture has developed its unique variations of grilling, based on local ingredients, flavours, and traditions. This diversity is reflected in the different styles and dishes of Latino BBQ, which are now appreciated around the world.


Manufacturing Latino BBQ Sauce: What Ingredients Do They Have?

The exact composition of Latino BBQ sauces can vary depending on the region and the personal preferences of the manufacturer, but typical ingredients include:

Tomatoes: either in the form of tomato paste or ketchup as a base for the sauce, giving it a rich texture and a sweet note.

Sweet elements: Brown sugar, molasses, or honey can add a pleasant sweetness to the sauce.

Spicy elements: Chili, paprika, or cayenne pepper provide the spicy component and often give the sauce a certain level of heat.

Vinegar: Vinegar adds acidity and helps balance the flavours.

Latin American spices: Ingredients like cumin, garlic, onions, and oregano can give the sauce a characteristic Latin American flavor.

Fruity aromas: Some Latin American barbecue sauces also contain fruity elements such as pineapple, mango, or lime, providing a fresh, tropical note.

The exact composition varies greatly depending on the regional cuisine, as Latin America boasts a diverse culinary landscape with various flavors and influences. Latino barbecue sauce is often used as a marinade or glaze for meats, especially in grilling dishes, to impart a unique flavour to the food.

Focus on Our Favorite Latino BBQ Sauces: "Tres Chiles Pica Dulce" and "Diablo Limonajo"

Rufus Teague - Tres Chiles BBQ Sauce

The Latino BBQ sauce "Tres Chiles Pica Dulce" is characterized by a spicy lime aroma, providing a special heat from Chipotle Arbol and smoked Hatch chillies. This sauce pairs exceptionally well with grilled or slow-cooked meats, as well as tacos, nachos, and vegetables. To prepare the sauce, a base of tomatoes, brown sugar, garlic, and a variety of other spices is used, along with lemon juice, raisin paste, and lime oil.

Rufus Teague - Diablo Limonajo BBQ Sauce

The Latino BBQ sauce "Diablo Limonajo" is a combination of spicy and citrusy flavor notes. Whether applied to grilled or slow-cooked meats, fruit cocktails, vegetables, or even smoothies, it deliciously enhances their taste. The ingredients of the sauce include tomatoes, brown sugar, garlic, spices such as Arbol chilli, turmeric, chipotle pepper, lemon juice, tamari soy sauce, raisin paste, and lime oil. 

Uses and Recipe Ideas with Latino BBQ Sauce:

The variety of flavor nuances in Latino barbecue sauce makes it the ideal accompaniment for preparing a variety of dishes. Here are some applications for this spicy sauce:

  1. Grilled dishes: Use Latino barbecue sauce as a marinade or glaze for grilled meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables. It gives the dishes a delicious flavor and pleasant spice.
  2. Tacos and burritos: The sauce is excellent as a filling or topping for tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. It adds a spicy kick and tasty sauce to these dishes.
  3. Burgers and sandwiches: Use Latino barbecue sauce as a topping for burgers or as a sauce for sandwiches. It adds an aromatic and spicy component to the dishes.
  4. Dips and sauces: The sauce can be used as a dip for fries, nachos, or vegetable sticks. It also works well as a sauce for finger foods or snacks.
  5. Stews and braised dishes: Use Latino barbecue sauce as an ingredient in stews, braised dishes, or casseroles. It adds a rich and savoury flavor.
  6. Salads and bowls: The sauce can be used as a dressing for salads or as a topping for bowl dishes. It adds a spicy and aromatic component to the dishes.
  7. Pizza: Use Latino barbecue sauce as a base for pizza or as a topping for toppings. It adds a spicy and delicious flavor to the pizza.
  8. Marinades and glazes: Use Latino barbecue sauce as a marinade or glaze for meat, poultry, or vegetables. It adds a delicious flavor and aromatic component to the dishes.

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Discover Our Top Picks: Chicken and Vegan Recipes Infused with Latino Barbecue Sauce:

 Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Latino Barbecue Sauce


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets

1/2 cup Latino barbecue sauce (eg. Rufus Teague - Diablo Limonajo BBQ Sauce)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper, to taste

Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the Latino barbecue sauce with minced garlic, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine all ingredients.
  2. Season the chicken breast fillets with salt and pepper, then generously coat them with the prepared Latino barbecue sauce. Ensure that the chicken is completely covered with the sauce. For a more intense flavour, you can also marinate the chicken for a few hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the marinated chicken breast fillets on the grill and grill for approximately 6-8 minutes per side or until fully cooked. During grilling, you can brush additional Latino barbecue sauce onto the chicken breasts to intensify the flavor.
  4. Once the chicken is fully cooked and has developed a golden brown crust, remove it from the grill and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.
  5. Serve the grilled chicken breast with Latino barbecue sauce hot and enjoy with your favourite sides such as rice, grilled vegetables, or corn on the cob. ¡Buen provecho!

Recipe: Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Tacos



2 cans of young green jackfruit in brine or water (about 560 g drained weight per can)

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup Latino barbecue sauce (eg. Rufus Teague - Tres Chiles BBQ Sauce)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

Corn or wheat tortillas

Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Avocado, sliced (optional)

Fresh lime juice (optional)


  1. Drain the jackfruit from the cans and remove the tough cores. Shred the jackfruit into fibres using your hands or a fork.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 3-4 minutes until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the shredded jackfruit to the pan and stir well to combine with the onions and garlic. Add the ground cumin and paprika, and continue cooking until the jackfruit is lightly browned about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the Latino barbecue sauce to the jackfruit and stir well to ensure the jackfruit is fully coated with the sauce. Add more sauce if needed. Reduce the heat and let the jackfruit simmer for another 10-15 minutes to absorb the flavor of the barbecue sauce and become tender. Stir occasionally.
  6. Garnish the grilled jackfruit tacos with fresh cilantro and add avocado slices if desired. Drizzle with a splash of fresh lime juice, if desired.
  7. Serve the jackfruit tacos coated with Latino barbecue sauce in the tortillas and enjoy immediately. ¡Buen provecho!