Finadene: a Vinegar-Soy Barbecue Sauce from Guam

Finadene is the traditional sauce served with Chamorro (Guamanian) barbecued chicken and pork. It also goes well with grilled lobster, prawns, and fish.

May 25, 2017


Combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, onion, scallion, and chiles in an attractive serving bowl and stir to mix with a fork. The sauce tastes best served within a few hours of making. Makes 1 cup, enough to serve 4.

About this recipe

"This salty-tart condiment constitutes barbecue sauce in Guam (motto: “Where the sun first rises over American barbecue”). When it comes to counterpointing the fatty richness of barbecued pork or adding tart umami flavors to grilled seafood, few sauces can beat it. Finadene (pronounced “fee-na-DEE-nee) echoes the Filipino flavor triad of soy sauce, vinegar, and onion, but with tiny fiery chiles for heat. Some versions are quite mild; others downright incendiary—your dose of chiles should suit your heat tolerance." -- Steven Raichlen

Reprinted with permission from Barbecue Sauces Rubs and Marinades by Steven Raichlen, Workman Publishing, 2017.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 scallion (white and green parts), trimmed and very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 to 3 Thai or other small Asian fresh chiles, thinly sliced crosswise, or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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