Spice Up Summer with Tabasco Infused Recipes

Here are some surefire ways to heat up the barbecue this summerWith warm weather and summer grilling season upon us, we're thinking of new ways to heat up the backyard barbecue. And by heat, we mean giving your summer barbecue recipes a spicy kick. To get things sizzling, we searched the pantry and came across an old standby, Tabasco. Shaking in a few drops of the fiery sauce adds loads of spice to classic barbecue favorites, as well as to a few unexpected dishes.

Tabasco's uses go beyond a condiment for eggs or part of a Bloody Mary mix. The ubiquitous ingredient can be used to add extra spice to a variety of foods. Try adding a splash to take guacamole to a hot new level or throwing in a teaspoon to add a little kick to creamy onion dip. We're even a fan of pouring some into chicken marinades to give them extra punch. So put down the jalapeño and kick things up the Scoville scale with a bottle of Tabasco.

From appetizers like hot wings and bean dip to barbecue classics like potato salad and baked beans, we've rounded up our favorite summer dishes - and spiked them with Tabasco. Savory dishes aren't the only things we've looked at, though, because we've even found some sweet treats that will keep the fiery heat going through dessert.

Take a look in your pantry - chances are you already have a bottle of Tabasco stashed away. Turn up the heat by incorporating a few splashes into your favorite summer recipes, or better yet, try some of the recipes we've found. Summer is here and it's time to dust off the grill, fire it up, and break out the spice.

RECIPES: Heat Up Your Barbecue This Summer with Tabasco Sauce

Grilled Buffalo Wings (Pictured Above)
This recipe gives new meaning to the term hot wings. Marinated in Buffalo Tabasco Sauce and grilled, these wings are then given an extra toss in Tabasco. Serve them with creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing to cool down your palate.

• 1 cup canola oil
• 1/2 cup cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons grill seasoning
• 6 tablespoons Tabasco brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, divided
• 3 1/2 pounds chicken wings
• 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
• 1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping

Combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, grill seasoning, and 2 tablespoons of the Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce in a large, resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken wings, seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Heat the grill to medium-low heat. Put the butter and remaining 4 tablespoons Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce in a large bowl and set aside. Grill the wings, turning often, until cooked through and golden, or about 15 minutes. Transfer the hot wings to the large bowl and toss to coat well. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Recipe Details:
Courtesy of McIlhenny Company

Servings: 6

Notes and Substitutions:
For a delicious alternative and for those who need something to tame the heat, combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 4 tablespoons of the Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce before adding butter to the bowl. Better yet: make a batch of each!

Fireball Cake
This twist on a ginger cake incorporates Tabasco and cinnamon and delivers a perfectly spiced dessert.
Click here to see the recipe.

Green Cabbage Coleslaw
This coleslaw uses light mayonnaise, fresh citrus, ginger, and Green Jalapeno Pepper Tabasco Sauce for a healthy and flavorful dressing that is poured over fresh cabbage and vegetables.
Click here to see the recipe.

Classic Buffalo Baked Beans
These baked beans have thick slices of bacon, molasses, brown sugar, and an added punch of spice from Buffalo Tabasco, and are sure to be a barbecue favorite.
Click here to see the recipe.

Bayou Potato Salad
This recipe will turn your barbecue into a spicy bayou celebration. Give traditional egg-potato salad a Cajun twist with a creamy mayonnaise-Tabasco dressing.
Click here to see the recipe.

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- Emily Jacobs, The Daily Meal