Toppings

Boom Boom Sauce

This sauce is a “booming” success!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated August 3, 2022

Spice up your day with a little Boom Boom sauce! With this easy copycat recipe, you can make this awesome condiment in your own kitchen.

Boom Boom sauce

Boom Boom sauce originated at Sheetz convenience stores and gas stations. But this chili sauce is so good, that lots of other people created their variations on it.

The original recipe from Sheetz uses soybean oil as the base, and then vinegar, garlic sugar, red bell pepper, and cayenne pepper as flavorings. On the other hand, a version from Ken’s uses shallot, Dijon mustard, and smoked paprika.

However, my recipe uses mayonnaise rather than oil to make your life easy: the dressing comes together really smoothly without emulsifying anything. Also, you only need 5 minutes in the kitchen!

I’ve even simplified the prep so you don’t need to turn on your stove or dirty your blender. Just grab a bowl and a whisk, and you’re ready to go!

You can use this condiment as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, grilled chicken, to make Boom Boom shrimp, or instead of ketchup on a burger. Whether you’re making a meat, veggie, or starch, a dash of Boom Boom sauce makes everything tastier.

This homemade sauce will become everyone’s favorite dipping sauce!

Tips and Tricks for Making Boom Boom Sauce

Add Lemon

For an extra-tangy sauce, add a squeeze of lemon juice. Or, you can sub a dash of lime juice for a slightly different flavor.
Thin Your Sauce
If your Boom Boom sauce ends up too thick, you can fix this by adding more liquid. (This is a good time to try the lemon juice trick.)

You can also add a little pickle juice, which will give a similar acidic kick, but will also add some salt. Or, add a splash of relish juice, which will make the Boom Boom sauce a little sweeter.

But if you’re happy with the flavor balance and just want the sauce thinner, simply add water.

Spice It Up

Flavor your sauce however it tastes good to you!

I like this balance of ingredients, but I’ll often play around with the seasonings. Sometimes, I’ll even add extra spices!

For example, adding smoked paprika, Cajun seasoning, or Chinese 5 spice mix will each change the taste. But every unique sauce is delicious.

And if your taste buds like a little extra heat, add some ground cayenne pepper or an extra squeeze of sriracha.

Use Good Mayo

Since this is a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce, you want to use a high-quality mayo. Or, you can make your own!

Homemade mayonnaise isn’t hard, and it tastes much better than store-bought.

Boom Boom sauce - recipe

Boom Boom Sauce Recipe

  • Prep Time2 min
  • Cook Time2 min
  • Total Time4 min
  • Servings8
  • Yield8

Level: Easy

Chill Time: 1 hr (optional)

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Method


  1. Add the Ingredients

    First, measure all of the ingredients into the mixing bowl.

  2. Whisk!

    Next, whisk (or stir) all of the ingredients together thoroughly. At this point, it should be smooth and creamy.

  3. Adjust Seasonings

    Then, taste the sauce, particularly for the salt and acid levels. Add extra salt or seasonings to taste.

  4. Refrigerate and Enjoy

    Finally, put your sauce in the container, cover it, and stick it in the refrigerator for an hour. Then you’re ready to slather the sauce on your favorite dishes!


Boom Boom sauce serve

Boom Boom Sauce Ingredient Substitutions

If there are ingredients or flavors you don’t like in my Boom Boom sauce recipe, here are some easy ways to swap them out.


  • First, you can make the sauce milder if you don’t like spicy foods. Simply leave out the sriracha sauce and add 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil instead. However, keep in mind that sesame oil has a strong flavor, and it can overpower the other seasonings if you use too much.

  • Second, change up this great dipping sauce by using your favorite hot sauce instead of sriracha. For example, I love using garlic chili sauce because it packs a punch.

  • Third, you can make this sauce vegan! Just use eggless mayo, and everything else is the same.

  • Finally, play with the garlic levels. While I find garlic powder the easiest to use, you can also use granulated garlic or grate a fresh clove into the mixture. Or, leave the garlic out entirely. Your fun sauce will still taste amazing!

Boom Boom Sauce Serving Suggestions

For me, this is the best dipping sauce on absolutely everything! It’s one of my go-to sauce recipes for grilled meat, roasted vegetables, and oven-baked potato fries.

It’s also my favorite fry sauce for snacks like battered and fried seafood, chicken tempura, or sweet potato French fries.

And I prefer this dressing to ketchup as a sandwich, hot dog, or burger sauce. Sometimes, I even use it as a salad dressing!

Also, don’t feel that you have to stick with American food, either. I pour this Boom Boom sauce over nachos or on tacos, too.

Boom Boom Sauce Storage Instructions

It’s best to eat this dipping sauce quickly because it only lasts for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. But while it’s in the fridge, make sure it’s in an airtight container.

Also, unfortunately Boom Boom sauce doesn’t freeze very well. The USDA recommends against freezing anything with a mayonnaise base because the mayo tends to separate when it thaws; then the sauce looks curdled.

But don’t worry – this Boom Boom sauce is so delicious you won’t have trouble finishing it right away.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 204Calories
  • 20.8gFat
  • 3.8gCarbs
  • 0.2gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: ⅛ of recipe
Amount per serving
Calories204
% Daily Value*
Total Fat20.8g27%
Saturated Fat3.1g16%
Cholesterol11mg4%
Sodium383mg17%
Total Carbohydrate3.8g1%
Dietary Fiber0.1g0%
Total Sugars3.4g
Protein0.2g
Vitamin C0mcg0%
Calcium3mg0%
Iron0mg0%
Potassium34mg1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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