Angry Whopper Sauce

Burger King recently came out with their Angry Whopper. It’s loaded with all darned near everything you can imagine, from jalapenos to onion petals to bacon. And angry sauce. Now, I didn’t set out to make the Angry Whopper at home. I was after the Angry Whopper sauce. And I found it. Wonderfully spicy and creamy, the sauce turns my normal (but fantastic anyway) grilled burger into a delight.
Angry Whopper Sauce

I wouldn’t hesitate to kick up the heat in this angry Whopper sauce. A little more hot sauce and a little more cayenne pepper isn’t gonna hurt anyone, so I say go for it. This is also a great sauce for a cookout. No one wants that old boring ketchup. They want a great burger sauce instead!

Also try my Fire-Eater burger sauce!

Angry Whopper Sauce

Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's RedHot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.

Blue Cheese Dressing

This blue cheese dressing was one of the first recipes I made from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More than 100 Recipes. I picked it because because it just so happened that I was making wings for lunch that day and I needed something (other than bottled Ranch dressing) for dipping. This was it. And this will be it from now on, because this is the easiest, best blue cheese dressing you can make. Not only great for wings, it’s great on salads or for dipping veggies. Anything.
Blue Cheese DressingI prefer Gorgonzola versus say, Roquefort, when a recipe calls for blue cheese. It’s a little milder and doesn’t overpower the dressing.

This is just one example of all the great recipes in Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: More than 100 Recipes. I highly recommend it.

Also try my Buffalo wing dipping sauce.

Blue Cheese Dressing

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 cups
Author Inspired by a recipe from Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise not light!
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or Gorgonzola
  • Pinch sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons sour cream

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Deli Sandwich Spread

I love having sandwiches for lunch. The can be anywhere from simple to fancy, depending on my mood (and available time). I knew by the end of last week that there was going to be a sandwich-kind-of-weekend coming up, so I made a nice big batch of this fantastically simple but oh-so-delicious deli sandwich spread. Nice and creamy, perfectly spreadable, it has a nice herby hint. I felt fru-fru eating my sandwich, and that takes something let me tell you!
Deli Sandwich SpreadFor a little kick, add a pinch or two of red pepper flake to this deli sandwich spread. Stir and let the spread set an extra hour or so in the fridge. It definitely gets better with time but if you’re in a hurry go for it. It’s still great stuff.

Try my stuffed deli sandwich too. It’ll make you happy.

Deli Sandwich Spread

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives or 1 teaspoon dried minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving

Copycat Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. When it comes to making a sandwich, I don’t go by the serving size on the meat package. One slice? Two at most? That’s not a sandwich, that’s an hors d’oeuvre. Same goes for the spread. I made a batch of a copycat of Subway chipotle southwest sauce. Did I dot it on the bread? Nope. Slathered. Thick. Piled high with my favorite toppings, it was a sandwich to remember.
Copycat Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

The chipotle southwest sauce is fresh, with a hint of citrus and fresh cilantro, but also with a little kick thanks to one of my favorites, ground chipotle chile. I love the smoky heat that ground chipotle chiles bring to whatever I use it in. It’s not over-the-top spicy or smoky, it’s just right.

Also try my copycat of the great bread at Subway.

Copycat Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce

Course Sauce
Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile
  • Pinch each of dried thyme and ground cumin

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to let the flavors 'get happy' before using.

Maple Cranberry Sauce

I’m not usually a cranberry sauce-kind-of-guy, so I have no prior experience making it from scratch. But when I came across this recipe for maple cranberry sauce it sounded good (even to me) so I hopped right in and made a double batch for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit. I also discovered that cooking fresh cranberries can be fun. They go ‘pop’ as they cook. Cool!
Maple Cranberry SauceUse real maple syrup in this maple cranberry sauce. Only the real stuff. And as I note, I could not find fresh oranges. Substituting bottled came out just fine. Add about 1/4 cup, taste, and see if you want to add more. I used no-pulp orange juice. The sauce came out fantastic!

This sauce goes best with a turkey roasted on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

Maple Cranberry Sauce

Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Inspired by Gimme Some Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Juice and zest of one fresh orange Note: I could not find fresh oranges so I substituted just over 1/4 cup of bottled no-pulp orange juice

Instructions

  • Transfer all ingredients to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir and let the mixture simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened and all of the cranberries have burst. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly before serving.

Pepper Onion Beer Sauce

I had a bunch (and I do mean a bunch!) of ham leftover from cooking a big ham on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I could’ve made more sandwiches. Or I could dice up some ham for omlets. Instead, I decided to warm up some nice thick slices and top them with this wonderful pepper onion beer sauce. It looks like your pretty standard vegetable topping, but with a twist: orange marmalade. Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that!
pepper-onion-beer-sauceThis pepper onion beer sauce really goes well with ham, but I also think it’d compliment grilled chicken just as well. Don’t like orange marmalade? I bet you could substitute your favorite marmalade or preserves.

Pepper Onion Beer Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red bell bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 8 ounces beer
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add the bell peppers and onion and saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the beer, orange marmalade, soy sauce and hot sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until the vegetables are softened and the sauce is reduced.
  • Serve over sliced ham or grilled chicken.

Bacon Buttermilk Dressing

It was Wedge Salad Day (WSD) here. I love a cold slice of iceberg with my favorite salad go-tos, like boiled eggs, avocado and cherry tomatoes. And bacon. For more bacony flavor goodness I made a bacon buttermilk dressing. Nice and creamy smooth, but with a hint of smokiness and a little crunch.
Bacon Buttermilk DressingThe Dijon mustard adds a nice contrast to this bacon buttermilk dressing. A little tang. You could leave it out for a more mellow flavor and the dressing would be just as great. I like to consider this dressing ‘drink worthy’, a sign of a great salad dressing.

Also try my blue cheese vinaigrette. It’s perfect on a wedge salad too!

Bacon Buttermilk Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon cooked until crisp, chopped

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Honky Tonk Sweet and Spicy Salad Dressing

Sweet and spicy is right. I’m not sure about the Honky Tonk part but wow, what a great salad dressing! It has a nice vinegar hit. This Honky Tonk sweet and spicy salad dressing has a nice little ‘kick’ to it. And my favorite, celery seed. I absolutely love celery seed in everything from a salad dressing to a seasoning rub. If you’re looking for a break from your tired old salad dressing, this is it.
Honky Tonk Sweet and Spicy Salad DressingThis Honky Tonk sweet and spicy salad dressing gets even better as it sits. But I have to say, it didn’t sit long around our house. I really like it a lot. It’s different in a very, very good way.

Also try my spicy creamy coconut salad dressing.

Honky Tonk Sweet and Spicy Salad Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Dill Ranch Salad Dressing

Anita and I recently spent a few days at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa. We had such a wonderful time there. One of the biggest highlights was the buffet. Normally when you think buffet you think low quality food, mostly pre-made. Oh that’s definitely not the case at the DreamMore. Everything was made from scratch and everything was out-of-this-world delicious.

One of the things I loved the most, interestingly enough, was the house-made dill Ranch salad dressing. It was delicious. I could’ve just drank it out of the bottle. I knew instantly that I had to make some when I got home. Now, this version is mighty good, too, but I’m pretty sure that the DreamMore version used fresh herbs (they had a nice herb garden right outside of the restaurant). Even still, this is delicious and a perfect alternative to ‘normal’ Ranch.
Dill Ranch Salad DressingDo not be tempted to rush the 1 hour rest time that this dill Ranch salad dressing needs. Those dry herbs need time to make the dressing happy. I really love dill so I added a bit more than the recipe calls for.

Also try my herby Ranch dressing.

Dill Ranch Salad Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus more as needed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients.
  • Add more milk (a little at a time) if you want the dressing to be thinner. Don't go crazy with it, though.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using. Stir again before serving.

Quick Fix BBQ Ranch Dressing

A lot of restaurant signature sauces start with simple, off-the-shelf ingredients. A restaurant near us starts with BBQ sauce and Ranch, just like with this quick fix BBQ Ranch dressing, and then adds a few other ingredients (such as crumbled cooked bacon) to make it different for different dishes, such as for dipping onion rings or chicken wings.
This quick fix BBQ Ranch dressing isn’t just for salads, that’s for sure. I squirted it on a big plate of French fries. I dipped grilled chicken wings in it. Just make sure you start with good, quality BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing. And don’t hesitate to use a spicy BBQ sauce, or one with a bit of smoky flavor to it.

Also try my dill Ranch dressing.

Easy BBQ Ranch Dressing

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Embellishments optional (crumbled cooked bacon, chili powder, cayenne, Sriracha, hot sauce, chopped fresh parsley, etc)

Instructions

  • Whisk together the two ingredients.
  • Add any embellishments and stir to combine.