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Carolina Summers and BBQ Fries

by Tickled Red on July 20, 2011 · 17 comments

Carolina summers bring to mind endless hours of fun played out under the sun. Children frolicking along our shores surrounded by blue skies, while giggling at the rolling waves. Surfers paddling out into the ocean, expressing their joy by throwing buckets of water or dancing across their boards.

Afternoons devouring ice cream and Italian ice as quickly as possible. Before the heat melts their luscious sweet flavors into sticky trails, clear down to our elbows.

And BBQ.

Summer in Carolina would never be the same without BBQ sandwiches. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Eastern Carolina, Western Carolina or Kansas, BBQ is away of life. It is a credo, a calling so to speak as most Carolinians will tell you. Being able to make a good BBQ is somewhere up there with the perfect sweet tea, a good dog or your favorite worn out ball cap. It is essential. So when it came to choosing our french fry flavor to submit for the Alexia “Reinvent a Classic” challenge we stuck to tradition and our roots.

During the past few weeks we tried many different concoctions and creations with french fries. Some that we liked but were not very user friendly and some that…well I think the faces speak louder than words. In the end Carolina BBQ Fries kept calling our names and we loved the end result.

So how did we create our Carolina BBQ Fries? We made a dry rub from a special blend of herbs and spices.

Layered them in a bottle and shook until well combined.

Sprinkled the BBQ rub over julienne cut fries coated in Mediterranean Olive Oil.

Made sure to rub the french fries until they were completely coated with the BBQ spice mix. Yes rubbing, slathering and drizzling is required with all things BBQ related.

Baked for approx. 20 minutes at 450 and…

Hello Carolina BBQ French Fries! Not too spicy and oh so tasty with a bite of cayenne, a hint of cumin and just the right amount of scrumptious with a little touch of brown sugar.

Add a dash of vinegar and they’re perfect, that is if you’re a devotee of Eastern BBQ. If not leave these beauties just the way they are and enjoy. Don’t forget your BBQ sandwich and cole slaw.

To me summer means freedom and tradition all rolled into one. What does summer and BBQ mean to you?

Love ya,

Tickled Red


Carolina BBQ Spice MixMakes approx. 1 cup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: Approx. 20 minutes

4 tablespoons sweet paprika

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons cumin (ground)

2 tablespoons dark chili powder

1 tablespoon cayenne

1 tablespoon white pepper (ground)

1 teaspoon black pepper (ground)

3 tablespoons Mediterranean olive oil


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Coat a cookie sheet or baking dish with approx. half of the olive oil.

Wash 20 oz of russet potatoes and cut into julienne fries, leaving the skins on.

Measure all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and blend well.

In a large bowl, coat all of the fries with the remainder of the olive oil.

Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the combined BBQ mix over the oiled fries, rubbing the spice mix over the fries to make sure that they are all well coated.

Place the BBQ fries evenly on the oiled baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes, checking periodically and turning the fries until they are golden brown.

Remove the BBQ fries from the oven and serve.


Shari/Tickled Red


*Disclaimer: Alexia Foods is sponsoring this post but all photos, recipes and thoughts are my own*


LoveFeast Table July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Those look delish! Summer & BBQ means friends at the table to share it all with!!
(On a side note that first picture reminded me that I had my very first real waffle cone just last weekend. Can you believe that? ~ That’s pretty long to wait, as a foodie!)

Hope your summer is filled with splashes of fun and a dash of spice!!
Chris Ann

Michelle July 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm



I make a rub almost exactly like that. Only I use Hot Hungarian paprika and add in some coriander.

Sydsyd July 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I wanna try ASAP!!! :) g-luckkk!

Kristen July 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

Ummmm – great minds totally think alike, girl!

brandi@BranAppetit July 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

those sound Perfect! we love vinegar on fries :)

Wenderly July 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm


Paula - bell'alimento July 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

LOVE these Carolina BBQ fries {minus the vinegar of course ; ) } I’m going to expect a big batch next time we’re beach bound ; ) xoxo

Alan Cooke July 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Being a Carolinian myself, BBQ means everything…lol. Don’t know how I’ve missed your blog, but when I saw your tweet about BBQ, I came here immediately :) Great post and awesome looking fries.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 22, 2011 at 4:47 am

Afternoons devouring ice cream? – Yup, that sounds like summer to me, can I follow the ice cream up with some of these fries? :-)

The Duo Dishes July 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

We both spent our college years in Chapel Hill, NC, so that type BBQ style and flavor remains at the top of mind. You gotta have slaw on that sandwich! And maybe a fry in there too. Yeah? :) Great submission idea!

TidyMom July 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Sounds like a perfect summer to me!! Great fry idea Shari!!

Joanne July 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

I feel like, in the south, BBQ is a way of life and these fries are a great way to let us northerners get a taste of it! Awesome recipe!

parameswaran August 28, 2011 at 1:31 am


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