Barbecued Peanuts Recipe
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Barbecued Peanuts Recipe

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These zippy peanuts are great for football parties, as after-school snacks or movie nights. “I like to prepare them at the holidays to give as presents,” says Abbey Boyle of Tampa, Florida.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) dry roasted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 366 calories, 31g fat (6g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, butter, garlic powder and cayenne. Add peanuts; stir until evenly coated. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on waxed paper; cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Barbecued Peanuts in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p11

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 216189
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Deliciously different peanuts for snacking. I used the Sweet Baby Ray Honey Chipotle to give them a little kick."

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 93777
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"I just made these with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and they are fantastic. I have to make more of these this weekend since we ate the entire first batch in 2 days."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 65654
Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"Well all the BBQ sauce came off and they burned. The few that were edible had little flavor. Very disappointed!"

dklinkow User ID: 1300619 128799
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Easily overcooked in that last 5-10 min window. Gives them a burnt flavor. If cooked just the right amount they are full of flavor and the variations on this recipe for different flavors is endless. My kids ate them by the handfulls."

maniacmommy User ID: 4994752 93770
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"These peanuts, after all the mixing and baking and stirring, had no taste! They tasted like...dry roasted peanuts. Very disappointing."

bimba711 User ID: 5226036 62277
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"These are addictive!!!! Gotta have these when we go camping. Love them!!!!!"

ekslattery User ID: 2680787 128948
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"This was a pretty easy recipe. Made these for a party and all the guys loved them! No one had ever had anything like it. I'll definitely be making these for all of our poker nights."

jenjones892 User ID: 3931282 153146
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"This recipe didn't work for me. I cooked at a lower temp for a slightly longer time than suggested to prevent scorching. The sauce never did soak in or dry up. The peanuts still tasted burned but with gooey barbecue sauce on them. I took them to a family gathering anyway where they sat untouched. The entire batch went in the trash afterward. I won't be making this recipe again."

pigmalian User ID: 4156143 65652
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"I stirred these more often and turned the oven down and they STILL burned. I dug out a few that weren't so charred and the taste wasn't good either, hardly any barbeque flavor at all. Don't waste your time or ingredients on this one."

slpslp User ID: 289454 62276
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"The first time I made these they burned also, but I turned the oven down the next time and stirred them more often. It worked and they were quite good."

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