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BBQ Aioli

Transform sandwiches, wraps, and BBQ recipes with savory homemade BBQ aioli – the smoky, creamy sauce will enhance the flavor of whatever you pair it with.

A small dish of BBQ Aioli.

What is BBQ Aioli?

Prepare the BBQ-flavored aioli by mixing homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce and spices with homemade mayonnaise for a sweet, smoky, slightly spicy flavored sauce. Compared to regular aioli, it has a heavier, smokier flavor profile rather than being predominantly garlicky.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

  • Egg Yolks: Combine creamy egg yolks with fresh garlic and olive oil to provide a smooth texture.
  • Garlic: I use four garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Apple cider vinegar: A touch of apple cider vinegar adds a bright and tangy flavor to the aioli.
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite BBQ sauce or make homemade sauce from scratch.
  • Spices: Finish the zesty BBQ aioli with my Slap Ya Mama’s Seasoning recipe, kosher salt, chipotle powdersmoked paprika, and garlic powder for a distinctive smoky flavor. 
  • Olive Oil: High-quality extra virgin olive oil is the main ingredient that gives aioli its creamy texture and rich flavor. You can also use avocado or canola oil if that’s what you have. 

Additions and Substitutions

  • Replace the egg yolks and olive oil with high-quality mayonnaise, like Duke’s or Hellman’s, if you don’t feel like making the base of the sauce from scratch. 
  • Add a tap or two of liquid smoke if you enjoy a bold smoky flavor.
  • Include white sugar, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to sweeten the sauce if your BBQ isn’t too sweet.
  • Use a canned chipotle pepper rather than the chipotle powder. 

Tools Used to Make this Recipe

All you need to make the BBQ aioli recipe is a food processor or an immersion blender and a mixing bowl.

How to Make BBQ Aioli

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine the egg yolks, garlic, apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, salt, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, and garlic powder in a food processor for about 30 seconds.

BBQ Aioli ingredients in a food processor.

Step 2: With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil. It will take 1-2 minutes to achieve the perfect consistency, so take time and add the olive oil little by little.

Expert Tips

  • Ensure that all ingredients are at room temperature before starting. Using cold ingredients can make it more challenging to achieve a proper emulsion.
  • When combining the oil with the other ingredients, add it gradually and in a slow, steady stream while the food processor is running; the gradual addition helps to achieve a stable emulsion (the two liquids combine and don’t separate).

How to Save a Failed Aioli Sauce

Occasionally, aioli will break and end up thin and runny. If that happens, don’t panic! You can rescue it. Start by whisking an egg yolk on its own, then slowly pour it into the aioli while continuing to whisk to help thicken the mixture. If it’s still too thin, add a small amount of oil while slowly blending with a food processor or immersion blender.

Adding a teaspoon (or two) of BBQ sauce or mayonnaise can help stabilize a separated aioli and achieve the proper texture.

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A small dish of BBQ Aioli.

How Can I Use BBQ Mayo?

Slather the BBQ aioli on brisketburgerssandwichespizza, tacos, sliders, and wraps, or try it as a delicious dipping sauce for chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, tater tots, onion rings, and french fries. Pair the creamy aioli with seafood, grilled chicken, and steak, or it is a great dressing for recipes like grilled chicken salad or vegetable chopped salad

What to Do With the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate  Store the leftovers in an airtight container for one week.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is aioli different from mayonnaise?

Aioli and mayonnaise are creamy condiments used in cooking. Mayonnaise combines oil with egg yolks and lemon juice. Aioli, a Mediterranean condiment, includes garlic, egg yolks, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice.

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A small dish of BBQ Aioli.

BBQ Aioli

Tressa Jamil
Transform sandwiches, wraps, and BBQ recipes with savory homemade BBQ aioli – the smoky, creamy sauce will enhance whatever you pair it with.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 192 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama's Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • cup olive oil
Instructions
 
  • Combine the egg yolks, garlic, apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, salt, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, and garlic powder in a food processor for about 30 seconds.
  • With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil. It will take 1-2 minutes to achieve the perfect consistency, so take time and add the olive oil little by little.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Ensure that all ingredients are at room temperature before starting. Using cold ingredients can make it more challenging to achieve a proper emulsion.
  • When combining the oil with the other ingredients, add it gradually and in a slow, steady stream while the food processor is running; the gradual addition helps to achieve a stable emulsion (the two liquids combine and don’t separate).
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 192 kcal | Carbohydrates: 4 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g | Cholesterol: 49 mg | Sodium: 387 mg | Potassium: 35 mg | Fiber: 0.2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 134 IU | Vitamin C: 0.4 mg | Calcium: 12 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg
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