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
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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 serving (1/2 cup) equals 366 calories, 31 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 575 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 14 g 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 13-in. x 9-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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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

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

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."

Reviewed May. 25, 2013

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

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."

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."

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