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.

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!

Did you know that Meat Week and National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week both kickoff this month? It’s true. The first weekly observance normally begins on the 25th and the second one starts on the 26th. So why not stock up on grilling meats and other treats that are perfect for filling up your favorite cowhands’ saddlebags? We’ve got a list together for you filled with goodies sure to put even wily sidewinders on their best behavior:

NY Strip Steak

Tops on any red-blooded cowhand and meat lovers’ list has to be 8-ounce NY strip steaks. That’s why we’re starting our list off with them too. We’ve got 10-count cases of USDA Choice baby! They’re hand cut from the most juicy, marbleized sections of the cow and sealed at the peak of flavor. So don’t let your resident chuck wagon cook overdo it with the spices or marinades. As a matter of fact, we’d suggest preparing them with nothing but our signature charbroiled flavor seasoning.

Smoked Curls & Sticks

Next on our list are smoked curls and sticks. They’re perfect for urban cowpokes as well as those who truly live on the range. Plus, they come in two fantastic varieties, beef and pepperoni. Consequently, you can let them sit on a southwestern meat platter bareback or saddled with a smidgen of spicy Santa Fe Sauce.

Shredded Beef Jerky

Shredded beef jerky is another item that would be wonderful for cowhands on the run. The expertly prepared jerky comes in 3.84-ounce cans, which can easily fit in saddlebags, pockets and purses. Plus, the tins can be saved after the jerky is gone and repurposed as your family sees fit.

Center Cut Chops

Okay, so we know that many range riders prefer beef but we can’t leave beautiful, 7-ounce, center cut pork chops off of our list. After all, back in the day, cowboys and gals were known to eat wild or domestic hogs too. To add to the “home on the range” ambiance, top them with some of Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce and serve them with a side of beans.

Specialty Dips

Oh, and for a final flourish, don’t forget to break out the dips. Two great ones to consider serving this month are Gringo Guacamole and Western Ranch. They’d taste wonderful with everything from thick steak fries and tortilla chips to freshly cut vegetables. Hey, cowhands have to eat their greens too!

To learn more about these products and others that would be ideal for January’s more unconventional celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct today!

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.

Lets all be honest here… food makes the world go round. Now take a moment and think of every fun story or party you have been apart of. I would bet that somewhere in that story was food! Whether the food made the moment better or if the food was better the event would have been improved. Either way food is at the center of these stories.

For your fun future weekend story or party you want to make sure that you and your friends have a positive memory about the food of course! Here are three recipes guarantied to make your night a hit!

The Appetizer

The perfect food to start out the evening, this warm easy appetizer is delicious and simple to eat with a toothpick. Go crazy and get some multi colored toothpicks!

Barbeque Meatballs 
Makes: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes
Ingredients: 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 5 oz. of evaporated milk 
  • 1 cup of quick-cooking oats 
  • ½ cup of finely chopped onion 
  • 1 tsp. of salt ¼ tsp. of pepper 
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder 
  • ¼ tsp. of garlic powder 
  • 1 ½ lbs. of ground beef 
  • 1 ¼ cup of Big Bad Buddas BBQ Sauce 
Directions: 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the beef and BBQ sauce (first eight ingredients).  
  2. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  3. Put meatballs on greased rack in a shallow backing pan. Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes at 350˚ then drain.
  4. Meanwhile, simmer the BBQ sauce in a saucepan for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Pour over meatballs and bake 10-12 minutes longer.

The Entrée

These spicy shrimp cakes are a delicious dinner and will keep your friends talking!

Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Salsa 
Makes: 10 shrimp cakes
Prep Time: 30 Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Cakes: 
  • 1 lbs of medium shrimp (peeled and deveined) 
  • 1 cup of finely chopped red bell pepper 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onions 
  • 3 Tbsp. of reduced-fat mayonnaise 
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice 
  • 1 ½ tsp. of Chicago Hit Sauce 
  • ½ tsp. of sugar 
  • ¼ tsp. of salt 1 large egg 
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro 
  • ¾ cup of panko 
Salsa: 
  • 1 cup of frozen white corn, thawed 
  • ¾ cup of diced peeled avocado 
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 3 Tbsp. of finely chopped red onion 
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped seeded poblano pepper 
  • 1 tsp. of fresh lime juice 
  • ¼ tsp. of salt 
Directions: 
  1. Place shrimp in a food processor and pulse 10 times or until finely chopped.
  2. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper to pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic to pan and sauté for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place bell pepper mixture in a large bowl. Add shrimp, green onions and the next 6 ingredients, ending with the egg, stirring well.
  3. Stir in cilantro and ¼ cup of panko.
  4. Divide shrimp mixture into 10 equal portions. Then shape into a ½ inch thick patties. Coat both sides of patties in remaining ½ cup of panko. Chill at least one hour.
  5. Heat pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add 5 cakes to pan. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan then cover and keep warm. Repeat with remaining cakes.
  6. To make salsa, combine all salsa ingredients and stir gently. Serve immediately with shrimp cakes. 

The Dessert

This simple wonderful recipe will leave your company wanting more!

Pumpkin Butter Bars 

Makes: about 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 Total Time: 50-55 minutes
Ingredients: 

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix 
  • ½ cup of melted butter 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1 jar of Pumpkin Butter 
  • 2 Tbsp. of milk 
  • 1 Tbsp. of flour 
  • ¼ cup of sugar 
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon 
  • 4 Tbsp. of cold butter 
Directions: 
  1. Set aside one cup of the cake mix in a small bowl. 
  2. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray 
  3. Mix together the remaining cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg. Press into the bottom of pan 
  4. In bowl mix together pumpkin butter, milk and 2 eggs. Pour over crust in pan.
  5. Add flour, sugar and butter to the reserve cake mix. Use a fork to cut the butter until it resembles small peas. Sprinkle over the pumpkin butter layer.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350˚ oven for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares. Top it off by sprinkling with powdered sugar.
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