DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips takes ordinary plain potato chips and coats them with a made from scratch barbecue seasoning spice blend.

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

By  Sue  Lau |  Palatable  Pastime

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips is my recipe  of the day for the BBQ Week  blogging event. I  will be  posting several recipes this week, but you can follow all week long with all the bloggers by hunting #BBQWeek on social  media.

Make bbq seasoning for homemade potato chips

Yes,  the seasoning is what this recipe is all about. It is what makes (or breaks) a bbq chip. At least in my opinion. And everyone has one of those when it comes to this favorite style of chip.

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

Flavor Premade Potato  Chips

This recipe  is a really easy one. It all starts with your favorite bag of chips.  In my case, I just grabbed a bag of plain Lays. Synonymous with “potato chips”, they don’t even mark on the bag  what they are  anymore.

I think that’s hilarious!

You could use ruffled dipping chips  if you  like. Just be careful  that  the seasoning  doesn’t clump  in the ridges. It needs to be evenly spread  over the  chips for best flavor.

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

Homemade BBQ Potato Chip Seasoning

But the important  part of this recipe is the spice mix. It is made from scratch to my  own specifications from  spices  in  your own cabinet.

I am just  not fond of cloyingly sweet or overly smoky bbq chips.  It seems to be becoming increasingly difficult to  find chips  that aren’t.

And  well, I guess  if you like yours sweet, just up the sugar. You can adjust the spice level to your tastes too, by upping the hot pepper. Keep  in mind that  it will  have a bit of a milder taste once it is on the chip. If you change yur mind, you can always sprinkle with some  more cayenne, but you can’t get it off.

The same  with the salt- and keep in mind your chips are already salted  unless you are making them  from scratch. (I have a recipe for that below).

My favorite style of chips  are Old Vienna Red Hot Riplets (not  always called that over the years) and  Utz chips (which I have been fond of in recent  years) but all  can be hard to find. These tend to be less sweet and more spicy with a bit of a tang.

But I do like thin chips, which is the way the Old Vienna chips used to be long ago. And some of the Utz chips came like that.

But this is quite easy to  stir up and toss on your warm chips (warming helps liquify fats on the chips to  hold the seasoning better,  but they don’t really need baking- just heating).

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

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DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

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DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

DIY Barbecue Potato Chips

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 16 ounce bag plain potato chips

BBQ Spice Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated tomato powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 300F.
  • Stir together the spice mix and set aside.
  • Place potato chips on a baking sheet.
  • Bake chips five minutes or so just to get warm.
  • Sprinkle with bbq seasoning, tossing gently in a plastic bag if needed, to evenly coat the chips.
  • Store in an airtight container.


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