The ideal road trip and on-the-go snack, potato chips are perfect for summer vacation and activities. But instead of filling the grocery store cart with packaged brands, it’s just as easy (and more delicious) to make your own version at home. Follow some of these tips and you’ll be on your way to the perfect barbecue bite.
First, use a vegetable peeler to peel the potato skin completely from the potato. Using a mandoline or a knife, cut the potatoes into thin slices. Store the slices in a mixture of ice water and lemon juice while you finish slicing all the potatoes. This will help keep the potato slices from turning brown. Next, make the barbecue seasoning. Combine a half a teaspoon of paprika and garlic salt with one quarter of a teaspoon of sugar, onion powder, and chili powder. Add in a pinch of ground mustard and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Add canola oil to a large skillet and heat it to 375 degrees F. Dry off the potato slices and fry them in small patches being careful not to overcrowd the skillet. Turn each over and cook until golden brown on each side. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chips from the hot oil and let cool on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with the barbecue seasoning while still hot. Store the chips in an airtight container.
Making homemade barbecue chips is easy at home with a few of these simple tricks. Once you have the basics of homemade chips you can try any flavor, like sour cream and onion, cheese, or simply salt and pepper.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.