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.
Course Side Dish
Keyword chinese, homemade, peanut butter, SAUCE


  • Jar of Peanut butter
  • Jar of honey
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes less if you don't like it too spicy


  1. 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.

  2. When ready to use, heat a little up in a skillet and brush over as a marinade.

Recipe Notes

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.

Crispy Kale: slather a load over some green kale, coated in olive oil then baked it up to a crisp like crispy seaweed.

Hot Smoked Salmon: Check out the recipe here.