This Homemade BBQ Ranch Dressing is the perfect dip or salad dressing, with the sweet tangy flavor of BBQ sauce mixed with creamy mayo and sour cream, plus lots of tasty herbs and spices.
Once you’ve tasted this dressing, you’ll be wanting to use it on everything. I mix up a large batch every time we have a barbecue because we end up using it on our hamburgers, on our salads, and as a dip for all the veggies and chips that are set out.
You can really make this very easily with store bought ingredients, but I prefer the homemade flavor that comes from mixing up all the ingredients myself. It’s super tasty – a little sweet and salty, creamy, and smoky, all at once.
Ingredients You’ll Need
You can make this dressing as easy or as homemade as you want. To make the easiest version, mix store-bought Ranch dressing and your favorite BBQ sauce together. A slightly more involved version would combine the wet ingredients below with a packet of Ranch dry seasoning mix. Or you can go all out and use all of the homemade ingredients listed below.
Wet ingredients you’ll need:
- Mayonnaise – which can be homemade or store-bought.
- Sour Cream – You can also use buttermilk, if you prefer.
- BBQ Sauce – this can also be homemade or store-bought. I like to use Sweet Baby Rays or my homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – this gives the dressing a little punch of acid that it needs to really shine.
Dry ingredients you’ll need:
- Onion powder
- Dried chopped onion
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
Equipment you’ll need:
How to Make BBQ Ranch Dressing
This recipe is very easy to make. You can mix it in a number of different ways. So just choose the method that’s easiest for you.
Step One: Mix wet ingredients
Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, BBQ sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir or blend it until it’s smooth and well combined.
Step Two: Add in the dried ingredients
Add the seasonings to the mixture and blend it together until well mixed. You can taste it and adjust the seasonings to suit your palate. It might need a bit of salt and pepper.
How to Serve BBQ Ranch Dressing
You can use this dressing for so many different applications. I like to use it as a dressing on top of a southwestern chicken salad or smoked brisket tacos. We also use it as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets or even vegetables on a crudités platter.
Tips For Storage and Serving:
- Serve the dressing in a glass bowl or pourable container. Store any left over dressing in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator.
- Any left over dressing will be good for up to 7 days when stored properly in the refrigerator.
- The dried herbs and spices need time to rehydrate and marinade together for maximum flavor, so make the dressing at least 30 minutes before serving it.
- Add smoked paprika for more smoky flavor, or use a smoky BBQ sauce, like our Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce.
- Serve as a dipping sauce, salad dressing, or sandwich spread.
Can I Use Store-Bought Ingredients?
If you want to make a quick dressing that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, you can use a store-bought Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. I don’t love the flavor of store-bought Ranch dressing, so I prefer to mix up the Ranch dressing from mayonnaise and a dry package seasoning. It has better flavor.
You can use whatever bbq sauce you like in this recipe. I prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s. It has just the right amount of sweetness and smokiness. If you want to change up the flavor of this sauce, the best thing to do is try a different bbq sauce because it will have a major impact on the flavor.
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Homemade BBQ Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon dried chopped onion
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/8 teaspoon chives
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a food processor or in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Thin it as necessary with water.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving for flavors to meld. Serve as a dressing or dip. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
- Food processor or stick blender
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