Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pumpkin BBQ Dip for Meatballs

I'm whole-heartedly embracing Pumpkin Palooza this year! And since the only thing I've ever seen that uses a whole can is pumpkin pie, my goal is to suggest ways to use leftover pumpkin. This Pumpkin BBQ Dip for Meatballs is a great seasonal party idea! Don't hesitate to whip some up for anything from football parties to Thanksgiving appys folks, it's good stuff:@) Now, I'm not saying the first flavor that stands out will be pumpkin... BBQ sauce is pretty strong stuff, but I really liked this as a dipping sauce (it's my new favorite) and it could be used for anything from sausage to chicken nuggets.
I did make a few changes: Instead of cooking it on the stove I heated the pumpkin (covered please) in the microwave until hot, about 45 seconds in my ~uber  strong~ unit. Then I just stirred in the BBQ Sauce and hot sauce and heated it for a few more seconds. Since Sweet Baby Ray's lives up to it's first name-I didn't add any honey, but you know your crowd:@) The microwaved consistency of this is perfect for dipping, I promise you'll be happy if you try it!

Pumpkin BBQ Dip-adapted from SugarSpiceand Bacon
1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/3 C BBQ Sauce-I used Sweet Baby Ray's
Up to 1 Tblsp hot sauce, optional-but recommended
honey to taste-I didn't add any
Up to 1 C water-I didn't add any
    1. Mix pumpkin, BBQ sauce and hot sauce in skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes.
    2. Stir in a little honey.
    3. Start adding water a Tblsp at a time until you reach the consistency you desire.
    4. Taste and add more honey if needed.
    5. Or make it as I suggest above.

One last thought-While I didn't add this, I'm thinking a light dash of cinnamon might be a good thing too.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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  1. yum!!! I will give this one a try.. I'm down for pumpkin anything! I recently had the most delicious meatballs.. the girl who made them said that she slow cooked them with a jar of grape jelly and some other ingredients. GRAPE JELLY! If someone had told me that before hand, I would have never tried them.

  2. BBQ with pumpkin sounds like a delicious combination of sweet & spicy.

  3. What a great sounding dip/sauce! I like pumpkin but not overpowering amounts, and I bet the BBQ sauce really pairs beautifully with it! Plus we put BBQ sauce on everything around here, why not fall it up a little with pumpkin! Going on my bucket list next month, thanks Lynn!

  4. hmmmm. not sure i'd be fond of this concoction, but i'll give you the benefit of the doubt. :)

  5. Okay, this is a new idea to me, Lynn, but it sounds delicious!



  6. Pumpkin season is here! Pumpkin can go in anything can't it? I tried a pumpkin chili last year, I was a bit reluctant but took the plunge. I think this BBQ sauce would be delicious. Look forward to seeing your Halloween tree. I put my decorations up today. I keep saying every year, I am going to start a holiday tree and just don't seem to get it done. 2015 goal!??!!

  7. Sounds like a terrific fall dipping sauce! I bet it's marvelous with your meatballs :)

  8. OH yum and perfect for the little bags of pumpkin I pop in the freezer!

  9. Lynn, I bet this has some wonderful flavors going on ;o)

  10. Ooh, I like the flavor combo Lynn! I'm going to give it a try with meatballs when I have some leftover pumpkin! Thanks for the recipe :)

  11. This is a great idea for leftover pumpkin! I will be trying this for football Sundays for sure. What I want to know is, what is uberwave?

    1. My microwave heats things so quickly the boys always called it The Uberwave:@)

  12. Yum! Sounds pretty tasty!! Thanks for sharing! :) Happy new week!! xo Holly

  13. What a fun, unique dipping sauce, love it!

  14. Yum, Lynn!! I love anything with pumpkin! This does indeed look like a very versatile recipe for fall foods -- thanks for sharing, my friend. I'm off to pin it now. :)

    Have a great evening!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  15. Wow! What a great fall update! I'm going to a party this weekend and this is what I will be bringing!

    Found you on Foodie Friday blog hop!


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