What can be naughty or nice and starts out in a pumpkin patch? Not sure? Okay, here’s another tip. It can be served cold or hot and also contains a heaping dose of autumn apples. Give up? Why it’s pumpkin hot sauce and after the first try, you won’t want to eat a fall, holiday meal without some. “What’s pumpkin hot sauce?’, you say. Well, lean in my pumpkin loving friends and we’ll tell you:

It’s actually a mixture of pumpkin butter, hot sauce, curry and a handful of other ingredients. You can make it any consistency desired and use it in a number of pump-alicious ways. For instance, some folks like to use it in place of chicken broth when making their homemade stuffing. Others love to pour it over their roasted turkey, rib-eye steaks or mashed potatoes instead of traditional gravy.We’ve even seen pumpkin hot sauce drizzled over pan-roasted vegetables and used as a basis for soups. And by the way, the soups may be hot or cold. Speaking of cold, the hot sauce infused mixture could be used to make homemade pumpkin ice cream too. Here’s the basic hot sauce recipe to get the pumpkin party started:

Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan and hit it with an immersion blender to break up the chunks of vegetables or apples. Next, turn the heat on and let the pumpkin mixture simmer until you’re pleased with the consistency.  Continue by removing the pumpkin hot sauce from the pan and using it as desired. As long as it’s stored in an air-tight container and stirred every so often, it should keep in the fridge for at least four to seven days without separating. To learn more about jazzing up pumpkins with hot sauce, please contact Deli Direct today.

Horseradish gets a tough rap in some circles. With its strong scent and taste, this kickin' little root is sometimes better associated with sinus clearing than tasty treats. A lot of us think of it as a bitter herb, then never think of it again.

The problem is all in presentation! If you've been forced to eat it pure with a forkful of roast beef and thought it was too strong, you may have been tempted to write off a wide world of horseradish delicacies.

And a wide world is what we've got! If you're hesitant to dive right in, we've got some fantastic treats whose showcase of horseradish along with other flavors just might convert you!

Our Kickin' Tomato Horseradish Dip has a smooth bite with a cool aftertaste, meaning you can savor the flavor without rushing for a glass of water. It's on our most requested list for a reason!

Dicks Perky Pickles score a cool 1 out of 5 chilies on our special hotness ranking system. The horseradish gives the pickle chunks a great lift! Buy them by the gallon!

Horseradish and Wisconsin White Cheddar pair terrifically together for a zippy flavor that is not overpowering (but does register a 4 out of 5 chilies, so proceed with caution) in our Horseradish Cheese Spread. We also have a Horseradish Cheese Block that clocks in at 3 out of 5 chilies for more sensitive taste buds.

If you're a full-on fan of horseradish, do not be deterred! We're sure you'll love these celebrations of your flavor of choice. And just for you, we have Super Hot Horseradish, Rocket Radish (Three times hotter!!) and the Horseradish Heaven basket to help you attain all your horseradish hopes and dreams.

Contact us to begin your horseradish adventure!

BBQ sauces aren’t just for briskets, burgers, picnic shoulders and chuck roasts. We know of Deli Direct fans who like to use our barbecue sauces to make meatballs, meatloaf and pizza. But we bet you didn’t know BBQ sauces may be used to make compound butters, salad dressings, deviled eggs, refried beans, sandwich spreads, jellies and cocktails too! It’s a delicious, smoky fact.

Barbecue Sauce Basics

Whipping up BBQ refried beans, deviled eggs, compound butters, sandwich spreads and salad dressings are generally as easily as stirring in some sauce. So today, we’re going to focus on the cocktails and jellies because they require a bit more finesse. Let’s start with the base of great, BBQ sauce cocktails, simple syrup. It’s nothing more than equal parts granulated or brown sugar and water that get heated on to the stove. One cup of each will typically yield you 1-1/2 cups of syrup.

Big Bad Bubba’s Barbecue Bar Syrup

Once you have your sugar and water into the pot, reach for a bottle of Big Bad Bubba’s Barbecue Sauce. Add about ¼ of a cup to the pot, a little at a time, tasting as you go. When the syrup develops enough barbecue flavor to please your palate, stop and bottle it. It should stay fresh in the fridge for about a week, providing that you don’t use it all up before then. During happy hour, simply use the barbecue syrup every time a cocktail recipe calls for regular simple syrup.

Big Bad Bubba’s Barbecue Jelly

Now let’s move on to the barbecue jelly. Ask home canning enthusiasts and they’ll tell you that jelly recipes typically start with fruit pectin, a liquid and granulated sugar. The unique flavors come from the liquid and whatever fruits or vegetables are added to the mix. To make barbecue flavored ones, we’d suggest using Kraft’s freezer apple or hot pepper jelly recipe with a twist. Simply replace one half of the apple juice with Big Bad Bubba’s Barbecue Sauce and ta dah! You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best barbecue jelly in the world. To learn more about Big Bad Bubba’s Barbecue Sauce and other ways to sass up your springtime, please contact Deli Direct.

Hurra! It’s almost time to break out the best grilling meats, kick up our kierpces and celebrate National Polka Weekend. Are you ready to eat, drink and polka for 72 hours straight? If not, let us help you prepare for the big weekend, which this year happens to fall on May 22nd. Because it’s also Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll certainly need one of our large, EZ Disposable Grills and several packages of Polish Kielbasa. They’re hickory-smoked and ready for the grill. Each package will be enough to make a dozen Polish Boys, Chicago-style

Of course no Chi-Town, Polish Boy sandwich would complete without a bun and three other items; vinegar based coleslaw, Chicago Hit Sauce and hand-cut French fries. And if you want to replace the hit sauce with Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce, we don’t think too many Polish Boy fans will complain. If they do, you can always point them in the direction of the appetizer table. Just make sure that you fill it with Polish kielbasa chips and a wide variety of hot sauces. The chips are easy enough to make.

Simply grill up some extra Polish kielbasa and let it cool. Then slice each link into bite-size rounds and put them into a decorative bowl. Squirt some of hot sauces or honey glaze into a second bowl and provide an assortment of toothpicks. Afterward, encourage the Polish Boy purists to spear the kielbasa chips with the picks and then dip them into one of the sauces before taking a bite. That should satisfy their hunger without stepping on to their Chi-Town pride. If not, provide heaping bowls full of sauerkraut, Polish coleslaw, garlic stuffed olives and pickles. In Chicago, they’re National Polka Weekend staples too. To learn more about the best grilling meats for Polish celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct.

Barbecue sauces are a summer staple in many homes. There's barbecue sauce on the hot dogs, barbecue sauce on the chicken, maybe even barbecue sauce on the steak! Best of all, of course, are huge, meaty rips slathered in barbecue sauce, fresh off the grill and falling apart between the plate and your mouth.

But what about the other months? There are many, many things that can be done with barbecue sauce without ever setting foot outdoors--and plenty of yummy foods that can be whipped up with no trouble at all.

Snacks

Barbecue Smoked Sausage

Cut up two packages of smoked sausage (smoked turkey sausage has an awesome flavor) and place in your slow cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce mixed with 1/4 cup water; stir a couple of times to coat; and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4. This is a perfect game day or party day snack that doesn't take a lot of effort. It cooks itself while you aren't paying attention--what more can you ask for? This snack also works well with mini hot dogs.

Meatballs

Pick up one bag of frozen meatballs. Cover with one bottle of our Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce (around 1.5 cup size). Cook in slow cooker for 2-2.5 hours. For a twist, wrap your meatballs with bacon first, and cook in the oven on 375 for 12 minutes to make a crispy, perfect snack that's hard to beat.

Meals

Barbecue Salmon

Barbecue probably isn't a flavor that you usually think of when you think of salmon, but it makes a great, familiar-tasting dish that'll get rave reviews from members of the family that don't always appreciate fish (for example, the small, short ones who always have something to say about whatever you've cooked for them). Brush both sides of your salmon pieces with barbecue sauce, then place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for around ten to twelve minutes. Your salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Barbecue Cups

This is one of those "ultimate comfort food" recipes that you love to have in your back pocket for a day when you need something warm and filling in a hurry.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  3. salt and pepper (to taste)
  4. 1 cup of cheddar cheese (shredded)
  5. 1 can of biscuits or crescent rolls.

Brown the meat, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce; mix well to combine. Press each biscuit into a cup of a greased muffin tin. Spoon the beef and barbecue mixture into the cups and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake according to the package directions for the biscuits or crescent rolls, aiming for the end range of the cook time. These will vary according to the package you've chosen. Serve warm.

Be sure to contact us for any questions you might have! All of Deli Direct's products are of the highest quality and will be fantastic in any recipe you choose.

Cheese dips are an ever-popular party food! Whether they're served as an appetizer or alongside the main course you can't go wrong with the gooey, flavorful burst of cheese paired with crunchy vegetables, crispy crackers or savory meats.

If you're on the hunt for a new twist on your classic cheese dip recipe then try out one of these new, instant classics for your entertaining!

1) Summer Sausage Con Queso Dip

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange cheese cubes and sausage in an oven-safe pan and pour your favorite salsa over the top. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy with toasted pita chips!

2) Jalapeño Popper Spread

Ingredients:

  • Two 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can chopped green chillies
  • 2 oz chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup grated Deli Direct Onion & Garlic Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl, stir in chillies and jalapeños. Spread mixture in an oven-safe dish and cover the top with grated onion and garlic cheese. Bake for 30 minutes until surface is golden-brown.

3) Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Deli Direct Bad Day at Baghdad Hot Sauce
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbs corn starch

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Brown chicken with olive oil in a cast iron skillet. In a blender combine the sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan, 3/4 cup mozzarella, hot sauce, your favorite beer, garlic powder and cornstarch. Blend for at least five minutes (until well mixed). Pour the mixture over the chicken in the cast iron skillet and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is warm and bubbly. Enjoy!

Contact us to see our complete inventory of cheese dips.

There's nothing more fun than getting together with friends to root for your favorite football team on a cool Sunday evening! You can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and many other great game time delicacies, but don't forget to provide meat and cheese gift baskets! As you root on for your team, or the best commercial, these baskets are great to use for snacks at your Super Bowl party. There are many different basket options available for your party planning needs so take a gander and stock on up!

Pick up an actual football themed gift sets that includes a football-shaped tray that you can easily use to display your food (though your friends will think you spent hours preparing). These are a lot of fun, and you can reuse the trays for future football parties. Other party-themed gift baskets are great as well because they include a variety of meats, cheeses and other foods so that you can find something to match everyone's different tastes!

Along with meat and cheese baskets, you could also grab a Hot Sauce Connoisseur basket to add some zest to your main dishes. Everyone can make their own unique burger by choosing the hot sauce that they like most. Your friends will be raving on the delicious food you prepared! A fruit basket could be a nice addition to your Super Bowl party as well. That would be a great way to mix it up a bit and to add a little healthy food to a menu that focuses on delicious foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates.

All of these basket ideas will make you the hit of the Super Bowl no matter the outcome! Everyone will appreciate the thought that you put into choosing the perfect food for your party. If you would like help choosing the perfect gift basket, please contact us.

Hot sauce is a staple ingredient on the menu of both holiday events and sports viewing parties. If you're planning your Super Bowl event make sure you include at least one (or all!) of these mouth-watering, eye-tingling, award-winning hot sauce recipes. We can't make any promises about the outcome of the game but we can guarantee the menu won't leave you or your guests disappointed.

1) Baked Chicken Wings with Spicy Buffalo Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup Chicago Hit Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2.  Arrange chicken wings on a foil-covered baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Whisk softened butter, garlic, hot sauce, onion power, chili power, cayenne pepper and sugar together and drizzle over the chicken wings (if you want them extra spicy dip each wing into the sauce and place back on the pan!). 
  4. Bake wings for 30-40 minutes until skin is crispy and the center is no longer pink. Enjoy!

2) Hot & Spicy Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. 
  2. Cream together blue cheese dressing and cream cheese in a small pan over low heat. 
  3. Mix together chicken and hot sauce and spread on the bottom of the pan, cover with cheese mixture and sprinkle with two cups of cheddar cheese. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve with toasted chips!

3) Hot & Meaty Baked Beans

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. 
  2. Drain fat and pour meat into a large crockpot. 
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly until combined. 
  4. Cook on low for 4-5 hours for optimal flavor!

Contact us to see our complete inventory of hot sauces and other speciality meat, cheese and condiment items available. We look forward to helping make your party a smoking hot success!

Hot sauce. The condiment of condiments. The flavor-additive that tops all others. The cherished companion of meats, cheeses and wing night!

For all the heat that it packs hot sauce is really a simple combination of three key ingredients; your preferred type of hot peppers, vinegar and the secret assortment of spices that each brand adds to give their sauce its own unique kick.

Chili peppers have been used for flavor for thousands of years (specifically in Mexico and countries throughout South and Central America). When the chili plant immigrated to the United States in the 1600's it was an instant hit! Over the next two-hundred years hot sauce recipes slowly evolved in the US until Tabasco started bottling and selling their recipe in the mid eighteen-hundreds.

These days you can purchase a wide variety of hot sauces - all different levels of spice and intensity of flavors, some are sweetened with fruit or sugar to add a unique twist while others blend several kinds of peppers to offer a dizzying combination of flavor.

With literally dozens of different hot peppers available to flavor your hot sauce you're guaranteed to find one you like (just go slowly with the experimenting!). Try a little hot sauce in your standard hollandaise or cocktail sauces to spice up the flavor, add it to scrambled eggs for a dose of morning heat, drizzle it on your popcorn for an extra-special treat or add it your hamburger meat for an unforgettable meal!

See our complete inventory of specialty sauces, party dips, cheese spreads and gift baskets. We look forward to helping you find the perfect gift for yourself or someone else!

We all know that BBQ sauces are a great condiment when we are grilling on a summer weekend. However, you do not need to put the bottle away just because the weekend (or warm weather) is over. There are many different ways to enjoy your favorite BBQ sauce throughout the rest of the week and year. These are some of our favorite ways!

Chicken Sandwiches:

Do you want to add a bit of tang to some leftover chicken? Shred the leftover chicken and pour some barbeque sauce over top and mix. For a little crunch, you can add some matchstick carrots. This will make an easy tasty sandwich filling.

BBQ Pizza:

Try something different on pizza night. Skip your usual traditional pizza sauce, and replace it with a bottle of barbeque sauce. Top the pizza with some chicken, onions, bell peppers and some of your favorite cheese for a great tasting pizza.

Nachos:

Nachos are a great staple for game day or movie night but if you want to kick up the flavor, add some BBQ sauce. Brown the meat of your choice as you typically would do. Instead of using your traditional nacho seasoning, stir in some BBQ sauce. Layer the meat on top of the nacho chips, and add your favorite toppings. Consider adding black beans, corn and some diced tomatoes; they make a nice complement to the sauce. Do not forget the cheese. Place the nachos in the oven long enough to melt the cheese.

Cupcakes:

When we think of BBQ sauce, dessert usually is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, you can make cupcakes with BBQ sauce for a unique dessert. Your guests will be surprised when they learn about your secret ingredient! Add some sweet BBQ sauce to your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. The chocolate and BBQ sauce make for a tasty combination. Carefully add the sauce to taste and do not use more than a ½ cup. Bake as directed.

Do you use our BBQ sauces in other recipes? We would love to hear from you! Plus every recipe submission gets a free dip! Please feel free contact us with any suggestions or questions.

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