This is fun: Try making your own BBQ potato chips at home! Get step-by-step directions, below.

Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

What snack foods did you eat when you were a kid?

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I loved eating Chex Mix, Combos, and Doolies (remember Doolies?!). For sweets, I enjoyed Laffy Taffy, Fun Dips, and anything chocolate.

Another food I really enjoyed then (and still enjoy today) is BBQ potato chips.

I decided to make them at home as a part of my Retro Recipes series. They were a hit!

How to make homemade potato chips using a mandoline

How To Make Great Homemade Potato Chips At Home

It’s not as easy as opening a bag of potato chips from the grocery store, but it’s a lot more satisfying (and fun to try!) Here’s the process:

  • Slicing the potatoes: Slicing the potatoes thin and uniform is the key to making great homemade potato chips. To do this, you’ll need a mandoline slicer. Here’s a mandoline slicer I recommend on Amazon.
  • Soak the potatoes: You’ll also want to soak the potatoes after slicing. This removes some of the starch from the potatoes and ultimately results in a crispier chip.
  • Drying the potatoes: After soaking, make sure that you remove as much of the water as possible. After draining in a colander, blot potatoes with a paper towel.
  • Getting great BBQ flavor: I used BBQ 3000 spice from Penzey’s Spices, but you can use another dry BBQ seasoning. Store-bought barbecue potato chips have a slight sweetness to them, which I recreated by adding brown sugar to the spice mix. Delicious!

Sliced potatoes, ready to fry and make into homemade potato chips.

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Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

Homemade BBQ Potato Chips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Get instructions for baked potato chips here.



  1. Slice potatoes using mandoline slicer set at the 2nd thinnest setting. Place sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water. Let the potatoes soak for at least 30 minutes, changing the water a couple of times. Drain potatoes in a colander and blot dry with a paper towel to dry completely.
  2. Mix the BBQ spice mix, brown sugar, and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Fill a heavy-duty saucepan with enough oil to submerge the potato slices (approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups in a large saucepan). Alternatively, you can use a deep fryer.
  4. When oil reaches 365F (185C), start frying the potatoes in batches. When the potatoes are a nice golden brown, remove from oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  5. When all the potatoes are fried, place in a large bowl and toss with the spice mix. Serve immediately.

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