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Barbecued Peanuts

These zippy peanuts are perfect for football parties and movie nights, or as after-school snacks. I like to prepare them at the holidays to give as presents. —Abbey Boyle, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on waxed paper; cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 366 calories, 31g fat (6g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 575mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.
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  • CindyK2013
    Sep 14, 2019

    Very good with Sweet Baby Ray’s or Red Hot Buffalo Wings sauce.

  • gunslinger
    Dec 28, 2014

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

  • LindaS_WI
    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
    May 25, 2013

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

  • dklinkow
    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
    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
    Aug 3, 2012

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

  • ekslattery
    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
    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
    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.