Monkey Gland Barbecue Sauce

This is a variation of the monkey gland sauce used in the Monkey Gland Barbecue Steak recipe in the recipe section. Use either recipe for exceptional results.

And relax - if you've arrived directly at this page, and not read this message elsewhere on the site, this recipe has nothing to do with monkey glands.

It's simply a traditional South African recipe, widely available throughout the country. And if you're wondering, the monkeys are still safe.

Try this delicious Monkey Gland BBQ sauce

Makes 2 1/2 cups sauce


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chutney or chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons good quality prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Muscat wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over medium-high flame for about 7 - 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning
  4. Can be served hot or cold. Great with any roasted or grilled beef

Store the sauce in an airtight food saver container such as a canning jar or a ziplock storage bag. It can be stored for two weeks in the refrigerator or frozen.