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The Speckled Palate
October 10, 2018

BBQ Bloody Mary

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Spice up brunch or a morning tailgate by mixing up a flavorful BBQ Bloody Mary! This twist on the classic brunch drink features spicy Bloody Mary mix, BBQ dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce! Add a spritz of lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, and this cocktail mixes up easily for a crowd. With spice from the Bloody Mary mix and sweetness from the barbecue sauce, this BBQ Bloody Mary strikes a balance for any morning get together!

Two BBQ Bloody Marys are garnished with pickled green beans and fresh celery sticks

I don’t know what Saturday mornings look like in your household, but ours involves a LOT of football-related activities.

When we were younger and lived in Baton Rouge, we would trek to campus with our friends and start the tailgate early. One of our friends manned the grill. Someone else mixed drinks. Our friends filtered through our tents throughout the day before we all made our way to Tiger Stadium.

Our Saturdays look a little different now, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy a good tailgate drink or breakfast when watching pre-game festivities.

Ingredients for BBQ Bloody Mary sit on a turquoise background

The idea behind this BBQ Bloody Mary came from my husband, who made the suggestion last football season.

“What do you think a Bloody Mary would taste like with barbecue sauce?”

I said I thought it would taste delicious and—surprise, surprise—it is!

A drinking mason jar is rimmed with BBQ dry rub

This twist on the traditional Bloody Mary is the perfect tailgating drink, especially if you’re attending a morning tailgate. It’s got enough heat to keep you awake and alert without allowing you the opportunity to overindulge. (Or maybe that’s just me, haha.)

It would also be amazing to serve at an at-home brunch to add a bit of spice!

Wherever you serve it, it’s gonna make a splash, assuming you and your guests enjoy a hint of heat!

Vodka is poured into a cocktail shaker to make a BBQ Bloody Mary

Why is this drink called a Bloody Mary?

I had to do some searching on this one, as I didn’t know the answer to this off the top of my head. According to Best Bloody Mary, the drink was invented at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris when a bartender mixed equal parts of tomato juice and vodka.

Apparently, a customer suggested the name “Bloody Mary” because the color of the drink reminded him of the Blood Club in Chicago and a girl there named Mary.

Over the years, the concoction was adapted to involve more spice and transformed into the Bloody Mary we all know today.

A BBQ Bloody Mary is poured into a prepped glass

What kind of Bloody Mary mix do I need to use for this recipe?

We like things spicy in our house. Our two favorite brands of pre-mixed Bloody Mary mix are Tabasco and Zing Zang.

I also think it would be amazing to make your own with fresh tomato juice, but that takes a little extra time, so we’ve yet to attempt that.

If you’re hesitant about spice, you can use regular tomato juice and spice it up once you mix everything together.

Two BBQ Bloody Marys stand next to each other on a turquoise background

Can I make this into a pitcher drink for a party?

Absolutely! You can double, triple, quadruple, etc., the recipe.

Just be exact in your measurements and taste as you go to ensure everything tastes as it should!

Two BBQ Bloody Mary are seen from above, surrounded by lime slices and celery stalks

What tools and products do I need to make a BBQ Bloody?

Two BBQ Bloody Marys sit next to each other with Bloody Mary Mix in the background, surrounded by limes and celery stalks

I’m planning to make these Bloody Marys for a party. What can I serve alongside them that will work with these flavors?

Two BBQ Bloody Marys sit next to each other on a light background

Now who’s ready to mix up a spicy cocktail for gameday?

Scroll on down to learn how I make this goodness…

Pinterest graphic for BBQ Bloody Mary, featuring a close up of the final drink and text

Two BBQ Bloody Marys are garnished with pickled green beans and fresh celery sticks
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BBQ Bloody Mary

Spice up brunch or a morning tailgate by mixing up a flavorful BBQ Bloody Mary! This twist on the classic brunch drink features spicy Bloody Mary mix, BBQ dry rub and your favorite BBQ sauce! Add a spritz of lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, and this cocktail mixes up easily for a crowd. With spice from the Bloody Mary mix and sweetness from the barbecue sauce, this BBQ Bloody Mary strikes a balance for any morning get together!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ sauce, Bloody Mary Mix, lime, vodka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 267 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Bloody Mary Mix
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 oz. hot sauce , optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon BBQ dry rub
  • Lime wedge , for the rim of the cup
  • BBQ dry rub
  • Celery stalks , for garnish
  • Pickled green beans , for garnish
  • Pickled jalapeno , for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, measure in the BBQ dry rub. Then pour in the Bloody Mary Mix, vodka, BBQ sauce, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

  2. Mix the ingredients in the cocktail shaker.

  3. Pour over ice in a highball glass.

  4. Garnish with celery stalks, pickled green beans and pickled jalapeños. Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Bloody Mary
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 267
% Daily Value*
Sodium 856mg 36%
Potassium 577mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 25g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 17.9%
Vitamin C 50.4%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post originally appeared on Julie’s Eats and Treats, where I am a contributor.

Are you a football fan, too?

Could I interest you in a BBQ Bloody Mary for your next tailgate?

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