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Ways To Use Spicy BBQ Sauce

by Marvin Martin

If you love the spicy, smoky flavor of BBQ sauce, there are many ways to incorporate it into your everyday recipes. While it's always appropriate slathered on grilled meat, you can also use the spicy sauce creatively in other dishes as well.

You can either buy the spicy BBQ sauce from your regular grocer or a gourmet retailer, or make it yourself using a few basic ingredients. Using your favorite steakhouse as inspiration, whip up a sauce using ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, and any type of seasonings that you'd like. Smoked paprika will help give the BBQ sauce its signature smoky flavor. 

BBQ sauce typically comes in a range of spicy levels from mild to extra hot, so you can either buy it or adjust your recipe to your liking. When grilling meat, you also have the option to use less of the product to control the level of spiciness. 

Following are some other ways that you can use spicy steakhouse-inspired BBQ sauce in your daily meals and snacks:

Spicy Dipping Sauce 

If you're looking for a way to add more flavor and heat to appetizers and side dishes, create a flavorful dipping sauce using the spicy BBQ as a base. Simply place the desired amount of BBQ sauce in a bowl, and add equal parts mayonnaise to add a touch of creaminess, as well as cut some of the spice. The more mayonnaise you add, the less spicy the sauce will be.

You can then tweak the sauce by adding more seasonings, extra hot sauce, or a touch of sugar if you want the sauce to be both sweet and hot. The sauce is ideal for dipping French fries, onion rings, chicken nuggets and tenders, and even fried pickles or mozzarella sticks. 


Another creative way to use spicy BBQ sauce is on a homemade pizza. As an unexpected twist, use the BBQ sauce instead of traditional tomato sauce to create an entirely new flavor profile. Top the pizza with a mozzarella and smoked provolone blend, grilled chicken or tempeh, red onions and cilantro. You can even add pineapple for a touch of sweetness. 

Barbecued Beans

Use spicy BBQ sauce to liven up a traditional baked beans recipe for your next cookout. Make the beans as you normally would, but replace half of the ketchup with the BBQ sauce to kick the flavor up a few notches. 

You can also add the sauce to slow-cooked shredded pork or chicken before spooning the meaty mixture onto buns. To learn more, contact a company like Mega Valley Foods.