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Fired Up for Barbecue

Fired Up for Barbecue

Capture diners' wanderlust for the big flavors of barbecue sauce.

Diners crave distinctive, great-tasting barbecue—they always have. Today, their expectations stretch from Carolina and Memphis barbecue to chile-infused Thai and Mexican. And whatever the derivation, they seek that intense barbecue flavor and beautiful viscosity it carries with it. They seek harmony that only a really wonderful barbecue sauce can deliver.

Barbecue sauces offer you a cost-effective way of bringing variety to your menus. They are flavor enhancers, and deliver complexity of smoke and the grill to just about any protein. Starting with a good base, you can embellish with ingredients from a singular ethnic profile, answering different trends and appealing to diners across a broad spectrum.

Behind the Recipes

BBQ Beef Fajita Wraps

Our chefs take the best of sizzling fajitas and turn them into delicious wraps topped with melted cheese and green pepper. For an all-American profile, Bull's-Eye Barbecue Sauce adds the perfect balance of sweet and smoke.

BBQ Beef Fajita Wraps
BBQ Beef Fajita Wraps

BBQ Stuffed Meatloaf Open Face

According to Technomic's 2007 Flavor Trend Category Report, barbecue is the number-one flavor menued on sandwiches. This open-face sandwich capitalizes on that by adding the bold flavors of Kraft Thick ‘N Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce, garlic, capicola ham, Oscar Mayer Bacon and Pepper Jack cheese to ground beef.

BBQ Stuffed Meatloaf Open Face
BBQ Stuffed Meatloaf Open Face

Mexican BBQ Shrimp Salad with Chili Vinaigrette

This light and colorful salad delivers the flavor of outdoors with Open Pit Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce. The shrimp, brushed with the barbecue sauce, top a green salad tossed in a Latin-inspired chili vinaigrette, featuring cumin, cilantro, chili powder and Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard.

Mexican BBQ Shrimp Salad with Chili Vinaigrette
Mexican BBQ Shrimp Salad with Chili Vinaigrette

Kansas City Cowboy Kabobs

Serve up summer on a skewer: Juicy steak, corn on the cob, red pepper and mushroom caps are grilled and brushed with the sweet and smoky flavor of Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce infused with ketchup, chili powder and liquid smoke.

Kansas City Cowboy Kabobs
Kansas City Cowboy Kabobs

Smokey Pork-Topped Tortillas

Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce is a great base for any signature BBQ. Here, our chefs move the profile toward Latin America by adding chipotle, tomatoes and brown sugar, then adding shredded pork to it. To round out the experience, barbecue pork sits atop a corn tortilla, and is crowned with Chihuahua cheese, avocado, tomatoes and Kraft Ranch Dressing studded with fresh cilantro.

Smokey Pork-Topped Tortillas
Smokey Pork-Topped Tortillas

Grilled California-Styled Salmon

For a beautiful combination of sweet and spicy, salmon is grilled and brushed with Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce embellished with cinnamon, brown sugar, orange zest, ground ginger, fresh ginger and parsley.

Grilled California-Styled Salmon
Grilled California-Styled Salmon

Asian Barbecue Pizza

This pizza introduces the Asian trend with subtle Asian flavors—soy sauce-infused Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce, green onions, carrots, fresh cilantro and Planter's Cocktail Peanuts.

Asian Barbecue Pizza
Asian Barbecue Pizza


AN OPEN RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES

We asked our chefs at the Kraft Culinary Center to share their favorite barbecue sauces. Their list was long and inspiring, but we captured a good cross-section here that will energize your barbecue dishes:

SAUCE NAME

INGREDIENTS

APPLICATIONS

Caribbean Jerk Barbecue: Kraft Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce, cayenne, cinnamon and dry thyme beef, chicken, pork, shrimp
Chipotle-Tomato Barbecue: Open Pit Original Restaurant Recipe Barbecue Sauce, brown sugar, chipotle, tomato beef, chicken, pork, shrimp
Satay Barbecue: Bull's-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce, fresh ginger, lime juice, peanut butter, red-pepper flakes and soy sauce chicken, shrimp
Spicy Tequila Barbecue: Bull's-Eye Barbecue Sauce, lime juice, serrano pepper, tequila beef, chicken, pork, shrimp

BBQ Pork Polenta "Sopes" with Chipotle Salsa

Trend Watch

In its trend predictions for 2009, Flavor & the Menu has called out "urban barbecue" as one to watch. "Urban" spins classic barbecue with sophisticated interpretations and upgraded side dishes.
BBQ Pork Polenta "Sopes" with Chipotle Salsa


How to use barbecue sauces

  • Braising liquids

  • Dipping sauces

  • Glazes

  • Marinades

  • Pizza sauces

  • Sandwich spreads

Fired Up for Barbecue