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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17 comments:

  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.

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

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  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!
    Jenna

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

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

    xo

    Sheila

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  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!??!!

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

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

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

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  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 :)

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  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?

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

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

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

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  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!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  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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