Sauce Island at Pollo Tropical

There are many sauce options from Sauce Island at Pollo Tropical.

What are all the sauces?

BBQ:  A traditional favorite that makes grilled chicken, ribs or riblets really sing.
Cilantro Garlic:  Fresh garlic and cilantro blended with tangy lime juice to round out this savory sauce. 
Curry Mustard:  A fan favorite, this is the perfect blend of curry mustard and mayo.
Fresh Salsa:  Onions, tomatoes and cilantro, chopped daily for heart healthy flavor. Goes great with everything.
Guava BBQ:  An original recipe, with a dash of exotic guava and a splash of hot sauce. An excellent companion on Guava BBQ Riblets, Caribbean Ribs or Mojo Roast Pork.
Pineapple Rum: A tropical tradition! This winning combination blends pineapples with dark rum for a perfect glaze for ribs, riblets or wings.
Pollo Tropical Hot Sauce:  This sauce is sure to leave you reaching for the fire extinguisher. Place a dash in any of the soups.
Spicy Poyo Poyo: Spicy island chili peppers flavors up any TropiChop or 1/4 Chicken Meal.

a small handful fresh cilantro, cut
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup mayonnaise

In a medium bowl mix mayonnaise, cilantro and garlic. Add salt and pepper and other spices if desired and mix thoroughly.

1 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1 tablespoons curry powder

Mix ingredients well. For best results, refrigerate overnight.

8 ounces canned guava paste (see Note), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (1 cup)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup dark rum
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 scallion, white part only, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup water
freshly ground pepper 

In a small saucepan, combine the guava paste with the vinegar, rum, tomato paste, lime juice, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, scallion, garlic and water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 15 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Note:  Guava paste is usually sold in flat metal cans. It is available at many supermarkets as well as at Latin markets.


  1. Do you have a recipe for the poyo poyo? I love it so much, but the recipe is so elusive!

  2. I am so desperately hunting for its recipe too.

  3. It's like Nando's Peri Peri sauce