Atomic BBQ Sauce

I’ve made mustard-based BBQ sauces before, but nothing even comes close to this Atomic BBQ sauce. It takes mustardy sauces to a whole new place, thanks mostly to the addition of pickled banana peppers. Of course, there’s a pretty good kick to the sauce. It is called Atomic BBQ sauce for a reason. Perfect on a rack of smoked St. Louis-style ribs, and outstanding on a pulled pork sandwich.
atomic-bbq-sauceFor a little extra kick, substitute spicy banana peppers. Don’t want the heat? Substitute jalapenos for the habaneros. You’ll still get a kick, but it’ll be tame enough for just about anyone. For even less of a kick (but still some) try my hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce too.

This sauce is a great thing. Definitely my new favorite when it comes to non-ketchup-based BBQ sauces.

Atomic BBQ Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mike


  • 1/4 cup pickled banana peppers chopped fine plus 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 4 scallions sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 habanero chiles stemmed and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Whisk all ingredients except salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • For a less chunky sauce process in a blender until smooth before using.

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