Organic barbecued short ribs were on the menu last night for Father’s Day. I make really good ribs with a homemade BBQ sauce. My sauce recipe calls for a 6-ounce can of tomato paste, but I only had an 18-ounce can. I tripled the recipe so I didn’t let the rest of the can go to waste. Now, I have plenty of sauce. I’ve frozen some for the next time I make ribs, but I thought I’d poke around various recipe sites and see if I could find some versatile ways to use some of the barbecue sauce. The first idea is one I use all the time, but the other recipes are ideas that caught me attention as options for using my leftover barbecue sauce.

  1. BBQ pizza or flatbread: BBQ sauce is a great topping for pizza instead of traditional tomato sauce. My favorite combination is a layer of BBQ sauce, a little shredded chicken (that’s been covered in the sauce), chopped green onions, and some mozzarella. So good.
  2. Black Bean and & Hominy Succotash with Barbequed Portobello Mushrooms: Meaty mushrooms are grilled with BBQ sauce and put on top of a vegetable-heavy succotash in this vegetarian main dish.
  3. Barbeque Chicken Burritos. BBQ sauce gets poured over chicken cubes and vegetables that have been sauteed, and everything gets wrapped in a tortilla with cheese.
  4. Barbeque Calico Beans: Six cans of beans, any color and kind you want, are cooked in a slow cooker with a pound of ground beef (or turkey or chicken), BBQ sauce, and a few other ingredients.
  5. BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad: This recipe is good for using up a small amount of leftover barbecue sauce. Pasta, bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken get tossed with a dressing that includes BBQ sauce. With the chicken, it’s a main dish. Without the chicken, it’s a side dish.
  6. Jen’s Nachos: A pound of ground beef (or turkey or chicken) is browned and drained. BBQ sauce, cheese, stewed tomatoes and corn are heated with the ground meat then poured over tortilla chips.

Do you have any creative ways to use up leftover barbecue sauce?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

6 ways to use up leftover barbecue sauce
Get versatile with leftover BBQ sauce from your weekend grilling. These recipes use barbecue sauce in creative ways when you want to do more than simply grill m