Ultimate BBQ Glaze from Dakota Hotel


The glaze for your BBQ this summer

To celebrate National Barbecue Week, Sam Karle, Executive Head Chef at luxury Dakota Hotel in Manchester, has revealed his mouth-watering recipe for making a delicious barbecue glaze – the only one you’ll need to impress at family gatherings and garden parties this summer.

Made from an array of ten simple ingredients, including balsamic vinegar, garlic and ginger. The recipe is simple to follow and consists of six easy steps that can be followed from the comfort of your own kitchen, requiring only a knife or peeler, a pan and a spoon to create. 

Executive Head Chef Sam, 31, said: “No matter what the meat is, this barbecue glaze is the perfect addition to any dish.”

“As well as being a simple recipe to follow, once made, the glaze can be kept refrigerated and reused – so there’s no unnecessary waste.” 

Sam’s recipe requires demerara sugar, balsamic vinegar, treacle, two cloves of garlic, fresh ginger, dark soy sauce, red wine, water, two cloves of star anise and a chilli.


He said: “The process of making the glaze from home is quick and easy.

“Begin by peeling two cloves of garlic and ½ thumb of ginger and rough cut into finer pieces. Next, simply deseed one chilli and chop it into small pieces. 

“Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and two cloves of star anise to a pan with 285ml of water and bring to a boil. 

“Then add in 50g of demerara sugar, 285ml of balsamic vinegar, 40ml of dark soy sauce two tablespoons of treacle, 200ml of red wine then slightly reduce the temperature so it’s simmering.

“To ensure maximum flavour is achieved, continue to reduce the simmer slowly.

“Top tip, to find out if the glaze is ready, dip a spoon into the pan and check that it quickly glazes the back of the spoon.

“Finally, drizzle the warm glaze over the meat, as it will set once cold. Once the glaze has set, it can be reheated and reused.”

Sam joined Dakota Manchester in January 2019 as Executive Head Chef, having previously held senior positions in Michelin Star and AA rosette kitchens. 

The full recipe, and method, for his barbecue glaze can be found below.  

Sam’s BBQ Glaze


  • 50g demerara sugar 
  • 285ml balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp of treacle
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ thumb of ginger
  • 40ml of dark soy sauce
  • 1.4l of red wine jus, 200ml of red wine or 1l of beef stock
  • 285ml of water
  • 2 cloves of star anise
  • 1 chilli


  • Peel the garlic and ginger and rough cut into smaller pieces 
  • Deseed the chilli and chop into rough pieces 
  • Place all ingredients in a pan and bring up to the boil, then reduce temperature to a simmer
  • Continue to reduce the temperature slowly at a simmer to extract maximum flavour
  • Check the thickness of the glaze with the back of a spoon 
  • Use the glaze whilst warm to glaze your meat



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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