Homemade BBQ Sweet Potato Chips.
Today I’m solving all problems with chips.
Don’t they say that foods that crunch relieve stress? I don’t know who “they” are and unfortunately they probably suggest eating a carrot to solve the issue, but I vote chips. All day, every day.
Lately I’ve run across the predicament of developing recipes that solely revolve around tex-mex situations or burgers or sandwiches. I’m sure you’ve noticed. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on it, I deal with that full force and combine the two. I sit down and make these giant lists of recipes to make for my invisible internet friends and then instead decide that weirdly flavored enchiladas are appropriate or that I can attempt to turn anything – I mean, anything – into a taco and margarita fest.
Today I’m just giving you something you can eat with your burgers. Or with your beer. Or your hot dogs! Or with your emotions. You know. Whatever works.
Oh… and if we’re being reeeeeal honest… something to put on top of your burgers. Or inside your sandwiches.
You know it’s the best.
I’ve never been a giant chip eater unless salt ‘n vinegar or bbq kettle cooked chips were staring me in the face. Sometimes I love the crunch for a sandwich-type lunch but for once in my lifetime, one of those itty bitty single sized, fairly appropriate portioned bags often does the trick.
The only place I really get wacky about chips is Target because they have omgthebestflavorsever and I just cannot get enough. I usually end up buying three or four bags and opening them all at once and having a chip tasting party in my car. So trashy.
And the only time I get wacky about chips in restaurants is when they are freshly homemade and served with blue cheese. Like, lots of blue cheese. Ugh. Love that.
The deal? Homemade potato chips are sort of high maintenance, especially of the sweet potato variety. They just take a while. In hindsight, they are still easy to make – you simply have to be willing to stand in front of a hot pot of oil for a long while, tossing and turning and draining and seasoning. It is 100% COMPLETELY WORTH IT. Say it with me. Worth it.
Maybe not worth it for a giant group of people, like a gigantic gaggle of adolescent males who will eat you out of house and home. But for one person, like maybe a husband that does the same? Or a small group? These are so fun and delicious. Or just for yourself. You deserve it.
This little seasoning mix I throw on top of the chips is my go-to “bbq flavor” that I’ve perfected to our liking since first making my crockpot bbq beer chicken. I encourage you to play around with it a little if you like – use regular paprika if you don’t want smoky or add a little extra cayenne for some kick – whatever you want. This is a spice rub that I use multiple times per week in our house and I have no qualms in saying that it has taken me a year to feel like I realllllly got it right. And we are talking about me: Miss No Patience.
Anyhoo, go getcha some chips this weekend. Make ’em! You will not regret it. Even when you eat them all in on sitting… you will not regret it.
Homemade BBQ Sweet Potato Chips
- 2 large sweet potatoes, ends chopped off
- canola oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Add about 4 inches of canola oil to a large pot and heat over medium high heat, fitting the pot with a candy thermometer. You want the oil to be at 350 degrees F, so if it continues to rise, turn down the heat a bit underneath.
- Cover a large cutting board with paper towels. In a bowl, combine paprika, onion powder, brown sugar, garlic salt, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- Scrub sweet potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Slice as thin as possible using a mandolin or a very sharp knife. Add chips in batches to the hot oil, frying for 4-5 minutes at a time, using a large slotted spoon to turn the chips over while frying. Once chips are golden and crispy, remove with a large slotted spoon (or a kitchen spider) and place chips on the paper towels to drain. After about 30 seconds, sprinkle with the homemade bbq seasoning and toss well to coat. Let cool completely. Make sure chips aren’t piled on top of each other so they can cool and crisp up. Serve immediately!
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Um and oh – you should probably dip them in this.
92 Comments on “Homemade BBQ Sweet Potato Chips.”
I love sweet potato fries and I can only imagine how much I would love sweet potato chips. They look so good!!!! Dam you, now I need to get my Fry Daddy out!!!
Wicked cool. I have to try these
We have a deep fryer that likes to get some lovin every now and then. I think I know what I’m going to make next!
I love that your tags for chips are “side dishes”, “vegetarian” and “vegan”. That’s awesome. Those seriously look like orbs of wonder with magic dust sprinkled on top. I need that kind of vegan side dish in my life!
Dear Potato Chip Soulmate, Let’s get together and take down: 1) Salt and Vinegar, 2) BBQ (my top 2), 3) Archer Farms Chipotle Cheddar (try it if you haven’t) and 4) An enormous basket of these crunchy sweet potato wonders. I have never craved BBQ chips for bfast until today!
These sound so fun to make! Such a lovely snack!
I love sweet potatoes so much, I don’t mind the fact that they’re high maintenance!! :) I hope you have an awesome Memorial Day long weekend Jess!
Ah what the heck? I have NEVER herd of chips with blue cheese?? How can I get these, where can I get these? I need those chips with blue cheese! That just sound incredible!
I am not normally a chip person unless my chicken is crusted in it or they ar on top of some crazy burger/ sandwich, but my gosh BBQ sweet potato! Plus they are homemade!! I think I need to do this.
I’m sorry but WHAT is a kitchen spider? That sounds terrifying.
ha! here you go:
Someone at the Williams Sonoma naming department needs to be fired. Even after seeing it, I’m still disinclined to use anything “spider” on my food. Especially delicious chips.
ohmygoodness. as someone who may or may not have just devoured an entire bag of Trader Joe’s sweet potato chips…THIS IS AWESOME. I will be making these. today.
I need these in my life…….like NOW!
Omg they are gorgeous! I’d pay you to mail me these. Seriously. Wow. I hate dealing with fry oil but gosh, it may just be worth it! Sweet potatoes, too – which totally trump regular potatoes. Pinned! So pretty!
I LOVE these kind of chips but because of my fear of deep frying I have never made them myself. I love to serve them with wasabi mayo and a sake and tonic (twist on a gin and tonic) for a Friday night nibble.
I don’t even like chips, but I want to make these and dive into the bowl.
Um what restaurant do you go to that serves chips with blue cheese?!!? That sounds unnnreal.
I’m coming over for chips! Oh, and I want to see you too:) Miss you! xo
omgomgomgomgomg. These looks absolutely amazing! I’ve never had a desire to make my own chips but now I most certainly do! wowza.
I need to get a mandolin ASAP! These look delicious!
SOunds delicious! Can’t wait to try the spice mix! I love making my own spice mixes!
Bahaha, these look like the perfect chips to go with emotions.
These are awesome!! I could so go for a handful with my lunch this afternoon!
These look amazing! I have never intentionally made chips before (though I did slightly burn thinly sliced zucchini once- does that count?). I have bought them before but as always, I prefer the idea of controlling the exact ingredients that go in my food :)
Seriously want some of these chips!!! Look delish!!!
please tell me you at least eat potato chips on a sandwich…OMG that is the best!
Confirmed: you are an evil genius (of the very best variety).
YUM!!!! Oh my…I can’t wait to make these.
Woman, what are you trying to do to my waistline?! OMG.
I’m not a big chip eater at all, but I can totally get on board with this. LOVE the idea of sweet potato chips!
I’m loving these yummy chips just how they are, but I’m also imagining them with that blue cheese all over them! Oooh eeee!
HA! This post cracked me up. Your pictures are always beautiful, but I LOVE these photos. They make me want to crunch away my emotions like whoa.
My jaw just dropped. Yum! Enjoy the holiday weekend!
These look amazing! I clicked through to your BBQ chicken in the slow cooker and then your homemade BBQ sauce! Both look great! Making your own BBQ sauce is so much fun and pretty cost effective. I recently made a no sugar added version that I love, love, love on crock pot pulled pork.
You can read about it here, if you want!
I LOVE making my own chips, and these look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
Goodness gracious, these look delicious…
I love you for this. So YUMMY! Great for the long weekend. :)
Love the combination of sweet potatoes and BBQ seasoning. A match made in heaven!
Love sweet potatoes! This is a perfect and healthier way to satsify my need for something salty and crunchy!
OMG, homemade chips! These look SO good, and totally worth the minutes standing over the frying pan with a wire spider at the ready. Yay!
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Perfection with a capital P.
Oh my! I love homemade chips so much better. These look so delicious. A labor of love.
I’m a freaking connoisseur of chips! I love them LOVE THEM. Understatementofthecentury. And this look so damn good.
Also, I had SUCH a “that’s what she said” moment when you said: I encourage you to play around with it a little if you like.
I’m such a kid.
Yeah…. potato chips are my weakness (especially homemade ones!)! I always want to eat just *one* more!!!
They sound like some great chips! I feel like a doof for never frying up sweet potatoes like that. Sounds perfect for this weekend!
Oh, and chips inside sandwiches = the best freaking thing ever. I get weird looks but they don’t know what they’re missing.
these look and sound incredible! perfect for my memorial day menu (which i am busy making up right now.) Thanks!
I’m 100% eating these with my emotions! Lovely share, thank you!
I’m glad I’m not the only one that breaks open the bag of chips while driving. Should be illegal!
Don’t worry, I also open the bag(s) of chips to sample while driving. Maybe I’ll try a baked version of these? They look awesome!
MORE!!! I need more flavours (dill pickle, honey garlic, salt and vinegar…mm) Do you think the seasoning would taste great on chips made from white potatoes?