It happens all the time doesn’t it…  you meet your bud in the pub and he presents you with a whole bag full of peanut butter and honey.  Why you ask?  Well his nan bless her buys him a new pot each week and it has just accumulated.

Challenge accepted!

“There you are mate bit of a challenge for ya, what can you do with that lot?”

Give it to Mrs Shack of course.

True to form she invented Mud Sauce, a nutty version of a hoisin which we now use to coat vegetables, chicken, Chinese style short ribs… pretty much anything is you’re in the mood for a sweet and savoury combination.

What you need:

This makes a whole bulk load, lower the amounts for a single serving

Jar of Peanut butter

Jar of honey

1 tbs Chinese Five Spice

2 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs chilli flakes (less if you don’t like it too spicy)

When I asked her what she did, she simply answered; “bung the lot in a saucepan, mix it altogether and tweak the spices til its as spicy or sweet as you want it”.  Wallop.  Sauce made.


We’ve kept it in a Kilner and already used it in a multitude of ways.

Peanut Chicken thighs:


Mixed 2 big tablespoons with a good glug of BBQ sauce as a marinade for some brined ribs and cooked on the smoker for a good couple of hours.


We’ve even slathered a load over some green kale, coated in olive oil then baked it up to a crisp like crispy seaweed… Honestly this was so good we was eating it out of the tray and didn’t even have time to get the camera out.

So there you have it.  Mud sauce.  She aint bad my wife.