Suicide Horseradish Barbecue Dipping Sauce

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by The Mad Slovak

This recipe has two main ingredients, fresh horseradish root and my favorite commercial barbecue sauce, which is Stubbs. Stubbs is an important brand for this recipe because it is not too sweet. You combine these two ingredients to make one really "kicked up" dipping sauce or spread for both prepared meats or veggies. You can use the horseradish sauce without the barbecue sauce and vise-versa if you would like, but the combination of both makes a really good special sauce. Note: Here in NY City, horseradish roots come and go in the supermarkets. You may need to find them in a specialty store (e.g. Koshur or Chinese). If you don't know what they look like, go to the root vegetable section. They look somewhat like parsnips, but are larger, darker and more earthy textured. Really fresh horseradish root will have small supple green leaves on the thicker ends.

Top Review by Tinkerbell

Excellent! 5 stars for ease & flavor! I'm assigning 4 stars only because there is no amount of horseradish listed in the ingredients. I bought one root when I happened upon them in the grocery store & then chose a recipe to use for making the horseradish sauce. I chose this recipe because the instructions are very detailed, easy to follow & makes a first-time horseradish maker feel like a pro. Thanks for such clear steps! Due to the lack of horseradish amount, we weighed & measured everything while we made this recipe & the proportions below are what we ended up using for the amount of horseradish we had. :) 1 cup dry measure (2-3/4 ozs) of grated horseradish root, 6 oz sour cream (all I had on hand), 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, 3 Tablespoons white vinegar (but will use 4 next time) & the yield was 10 oz of horseradish sauce. I mixed half with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce & we all really enjoyed the combo as well as the plain horseradish. Thanks for posting, Mad Slovak! We'll be making it again & again! :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 ounces approx sour cream
  • 14 cup vinegar (white or plain)
  • barbecue sauce (Stubbs Regular or Spicy)
  • 2 medium horseradish root (peeled and finely shredded)


  1. Thoroughly rinse the horseradish roots, and then peel them with a potato peeler until all dark areas are gone. Use the blunt tip of the peeler to remove imbedded dark areas of the root. ***The amout of horseradish that you use/add to the rest of the ingredients is up to you, and depends on how mild or potent you want the sauce to be and/or what consistency you want (also, see below).
  2. Cut the horseradish root in sections that will fit into the hopper of your food processor.
  3. Use the shredding wheel of your food processor to produce thin slivers of horseradish. At this point, it is like chopping onions, try to keep your face away from the top of the processor. The fumes are pretty intense. You may need to make two batches of the horseradish, depending on the volume of your processor.
  4. Remove the shredding wheel and horseradish from the processor and place horseradish into a bowl. Fold in 1/4 cup of vinegar and mix with a spoon. This will stabilize the horseradish so the desired fumes and flavor will not escape.
  5. Wipe clean the inside of your processor with a moistened paper towel. Insert the standard chopping blade into the processor. Add the shredded horseradish back into the processor, and then add approximately 14 ounces of sour cream to the horseradish. Process until the mixture is creamy, however, there should be some noticeable texture to the mixture. Add more sour cream if a creamier mixture is desired, then process for about 10 seconds.
  6. At this point you may want to decide how much plain horseradish sauce you want and how much horseradish with barbecue sauce you want.
  7. To make the horseradish barbecue dipping sauce, simply combine approximately 3 parts of the prepared horseradish sauce to approximately 5 parts Stubbs Barbecue Sauce. After you comine the two, place the mixture in a sealed Tupperware container. You may also store in a sealed Mason Jar. Although there is sour cream in these recipes, I have found that if I store the sauces in a sealed container in the refrigerator, it will stay viable for several weeks. The intensity of the horseradish will not allow bacteria to feel at home (my own unprofessional opinion).
  8. Hint. Before you experience the true taste of the sauces, allow to rest in their containters, refrigerated for at least 24 hours. And, when tasting for the first time, use no more that approximately 1/2 teaspoon. This will cure any nasal congestion or sinus problems that you may have! Enjoy!
  9. Enjoy!

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