Costco Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce + Best Uses!
Bachan's The Original Japanese BBQ Sauce at Costco
Bachan’s describes this sauce as a umami-filled, teriyaki-ish sauce that can be used as a marinade or a sauce.
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Bachan means grandmother in Japanese, and this sauce recipe has been passed down for generations.
To stay true to the original recipe, the Japanese bbq sauce is cold filled which eliminates any need for preservatives, additives, or flavorings.
Costco Cost Comparison
Costco sells the 34 ounce bottle of Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce for $9.79. This breaks down to $0.29 per ounce of this sauce.
This is a very unique and premium sauce, but it is on the expensive end.
Costco vs The Competition
Bachan’s sells the sauce on the website for $12.99. This is $3 more than Costco’s price, but what I didn’t notice immediately was that this was for a 17 ounce bottle!
Bachan’s sells their own bottle of Original Japanese BBQ Sauce that is half the size of Costco’s for $3 more than Costco’s price.
Target sells the same 17 ounce bottle or Original Japanese BBQ Sauce for $8.19. This is a per ounce price of $0.48 which is nearly double that of Costco’s price.
If you love this sauce, like this sauce, or just want to try this japanese bbq sauce, then make sure you buy it from Costco.
Sometimes it does make sense to purchase smaller quantities of an item at other retailers if you are unsure of the flavor, but there is essentially no reason to purchase Bachan’s Original Japanese BBQ sauce anywhere else but Costco.
Japanese BBQ Sauce - Taste Test
This is a very interesting sauce especially because of the usage of the word BBQ. This BBQ doesn’t refer to typical American BBQ but instead to Japanese BBQ.
The flavor and texture is going to be much different and more closely resembles soy sauce.
This can be used as a marinade, but oftentimes when marinating meats, you will use a lot more sauce than you have to. Economically, you are going to be better off using a less expensive marinade.
Do keep in mind, from other online reviews that I have read, this does make for a great marinade, but you will be going through the bottle rather quickly.
I did cook some tilapia with the Japanese BBQ Sauce and it was delicious.
This Original Japanese BBQ sauce tastes just like a sweetened soy sauce would.
The sauce has a soy sauce base which brings the umami flavor as well as mirin and added sugar to really sweeten the sauce as a whole.
I was also able to taste the sauce drizzled with some chicken thighs over a bed of rice. Chicken and rice are both great at taking on flavors and the Japanese BBQ Sauce was so delicious with this meal.
The umami flavor and the savoriness of the sauce were really able to shine through. The Japanese barbecue sauce also had a touch of sweetness that added a nice layer of favor to the dish.
Very good sauce!
Serving Suggestions and Ideas
Bachan Fried Rice and Ramen
When added to ramen, Bachan’s BBQ Sauce brings another layer of depth to already delicious ramen. This sauce has the ability to transform a basic ramen into something special.
This isn’t a sauce that can be used on anything, but when you find the right food combinations, the flavors can be absolutely delicious.
Bachan Japanese BBQ Sauce Nutritional Information
One serving of Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce is going to be 1 tbsp or 19 grams (.67 ounces).
Each serving will contain 35 calories made up of 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs (7 grams of included sugars), and 0 grams of protein.
This is a pretty typical nutritional profile for a sauce. Most sauces don’t contain much nutritional value and will just be loaded with carbs and sugar; Costco’s Japanese BBQ Sauce is no exception.
Sodium is the Killer
The Japanese BBQ Sauce is soy sauce based which leads to the extremely high sodium content. Each serving will have 520 mg of sodium or 23% of the recommended daily value.
On its own, the sodium content is on the higher end and can be a serious problem when combined with other salty ingredients.
Its extremely easy to use 1 tablespoon of Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce and if you over indulge on the sauce it can be easy to go over 75% of the recommended daily sodium intake when you factor in the rest of the meal.
Use this sauce sparingly if you can help it!
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Best uses for Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce
- 1 Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce
- Cook with duck, salmon, shrimp, ground turkey, or ground beef
- Dip with tempura shrimp, potstickers, chicken skewers, spring rolls
- Add to fried rice or ramen for the perfect umami flavor
Greg Larkin is the founder and managing editor of Costco Food Database, the premiere site for honest takes on all things Costco food. A self-proclaimed Costco super-fan since childhood, Greg turned his obsession in a mission to properly rate and review all of Costco’s delicious buys. When he’s not busy navigating Costco aisles, you can find Greg smoking Kirkland Signature meats, meal prepping, or perfecting his homemade jerky recipes.