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BBQ Aioli

Use easy, homemade BBQ aioli to transform burgers, wraps, and BBQ recipes. The smoky, creamy sauce enhances the flavor of whatever you pair it with, and it’s perfect for dunking fries into. For more like this, try ancho aioli or chimichurri aioli.

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 and slightly spicy flavored sauce. Compared to regular aioli, it has a smokier flavor rather than being garlic-forward.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Egg Yolks: Combine creamy egg yolks with fresh garlic cloves and oil to create a smooth base for the sauce.
  • Garlic: I use four garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Apple cider vinegar: A touch of apple cider vinegar adds a tangy flavor, but you can use Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, white vinegar, or fresh lemon juice.
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite BBQ sauce for the recipe.
  • Spices: Finish the zesty BBQ aioli with Slap Ya Mama’s Seasoning recipe, kosher salt, chipotle powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika for a distinctive smoky taste. 
  • 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 aioli from scratch. 
  • Add a tap or two of liquid smoke for a bold, smoky flavor.
  • Try your favorite barbecue seasoning instead of Cajun seasoning. 
  • Include pure cane 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 easy 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 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.

Whip up the delicious aioli and pair it with one of these dinner recipes!

A small dish of BBQ Aioli.

How Can I Use BBQ Mayo?

BBQ aioli is a perfect spread for brisketburgerssandwichespizza, tacos, sliders, and chicken wraps. Or you can use it as a dipping sauce for your favorite chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, tater tots, onion rings, and french fries. Pair the creamy aioli with seafood, grilled chicken, and steak.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store the leftover aioli in an airtight container for one week.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is aioli different from mayonnaise?

Aioli and mayonnaise are creamy condiments flavor and enhance all kinds of recipes. You can make homemade mayonnaise with oil, egg yolks, and fresh lemon juice, and aioli is originally a Mediterranean condiment that combines fresh garlic, egg yolks, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice.

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A small dish of BBQ aioli.

BBQ Aioli

Tressa Jamil
Transform burgers, wraps, and BBQ recipes with savory homemade BBQ aioli. The smoky, creamy sauce enhances whatever you pair it with.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 192 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 garlic cloves, 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 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 | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 134 IU | Calcium: 12 mg
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