If you haven't tried it on barbecue chicken pizza, you're missing out.

By Betty Gold
Updated June 01, 2020
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Memorial Day grilling got your fridge filled to the brim with barbecue sauce? Whatever you do, don’t toss it. Not that you need new uses for barbecue sauce, but this stuff’s good for way more than just slathering over slow-cooked spare ribs.

To help us figure out some of the best ways you can finish off your bottle of barbecue sauce—or, more accurately, incorporate it into every single meal—we spoke with Chef and Pitmaster Charlie McKenna from Lillie’s Q. If you need pro tips for how to get grilling, check out how to nail your charcoal barbecue technique here.

Swap your tomato sauce for barbecue sauce, then add cooked cubes of chicken, cheddar cheese, and scallions. Once your pizza is out of the oven, top with plenty of fresh cilantro.

Top your nachos with pimento cheese sauce, pulled pork, fresh or pickled peppers, and a generous pour of Carolina barbecue sauce.

Spice up your salad by turning your favorite barbecue sauce into a basic vinaigrette. Simply whisk with lemon juice and olive oil (or, better yet, drizzle them right into the barbecue sauce bottle and shake well).

Use a smoky-spicy barbecue sauce as a dip for fried jalapeño poppers, mozzarella sticks, or Panko-crusted chicken. Mix with sour cream, greek yogurt, or serve on its own.

Pulled pork is the obvious pick here, but pulled chicken sandwiches (or tacos) are equally delicious. You can also make it vegetarian and stir barbecue sauce in with tofu crumbles, roasted carrots, or sweet potatoes before serving on toasted buns or tortillas.

Make a southern-style barbecue dog by topping a beef frank with mac and cheese, your favorite sauce (Carolina would work well), and coleslaw.

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Whip together a spicy, smoky Mexican-style potato salad with red potatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, tajin, and barbecue sauce.

Upgrade a classic shrimp cocktail by combining barbecue sauce with Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, vinegar, and a squeeze of lemon. Throw the shrimp on the grill to elevate the flavor even more.

Swirl leftover sauce on top of cornbread muffins. Or, take it a step further by alternating piping barbecue sauce and cheddar mascarpone “icing” on top of the muffins as a fun (delicious) decoration.