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The seasoning for these homemade potato chips is a surprisingly good knockoff of your favorite BBQ chip.

homemade barbecue chips in a white dish

Even though we are diligently trying to eat a healthier diet in this household, I couldn’t help myself. I ordered a copy of Casey Barber’s Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. My husband picked up the book and said, ” Why did you get this? We don’t eat this stuff. Ooooh, Funyuns.” That’s why I got the book. Also: Hostess Cupcakes (chocolate and orange), Nacho Cheese Doritos, homemade potato chips, Tater Tots, and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts. Cinnamon Pop-Tarts!

This book is chock full of recipes to replicate your favorite junk food using real food ingredients. It may not be health food, but the homemade versions certainly have fewer ingredients than the store bought versions (and none that I can’t pronounce) and making them at home eliminates the packaging.

Homemade potato chips

I decided to try out the Homemade Chips recipe (barbecue flavor, natch) from Barber’s book when my eldest son, home from college, requested hamburgers for dinner. Homemade potato chips and burgers? Sounds good to me!

Classic Snacks Made From Scratch

Photo: Ulysses Press

My youngest sliced the potatoes (using the food processor) and mixed up the spices that we’d toss the homemade chips in. I did the frying.

I don’t do much deep frying; I was surprised at how little splattering and popping there was – unlike frying bacon. The resulting homemade chips had the classic BBQ chip flavor that we love. Everyone around the table was impressed with the results.

You can also skip the barbecue spices and simply salt the cooked chips, if you like. Serve plain homemade chips with this green onion dip or this French onion dip.

Homemade potato chips frying in bubbly oil in a stainless steel pot

Our notes or alterations to the homemade chips recipe

  • This recipe for homemade potato chips is a condensed version of the recipe found in Classic Snacks Made From Scratch and is shared with the author’s permission. In the book, the author goes into more detail about frying methods.
  • We are one of those households that saves bacon grease. We fried the chips in a blend of bacon grease and peanut oil. The author recommends vegetable or canola oil; I opted not use these genetically modified oils.
  • If you choose to use bacon grease, cut the amount of salt in the spice mix by half.
  • I found that tossing the cooked potato chips with the spices after just one minute coated them too heavily for my taste. Allowing them to drain for closer to five minutes achieved a level of seasoning I liked on these homemade potato chips.
  • The thinner the slices, the crispier the homemade chips.
  • You can visit the author – and see more of her recipes – at Good. Food. Stories.
homemade barbecue potato chips in a white dish

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Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips

Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

It may not be health food, but these homemade potato chips certainly have fewer ingredients than the store bought version. Making these chips at home eliminates the packaging, too.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds about 4 medium Yukon Gold or russet potatoes
  • 2 T. smoked paprika
  • 1 T. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Oil for frying, (see my note below)

Instructions

Prepare the potatoes

  1. Bring a 4- quart stockpot filled with water to boil over high heat. Line a baking sheet with a kitchen towel. While water is coming to a boil, rinse and peel the potatoes as thinly as possible. Transfer half of the slices to the boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Don't overcook them; this is just jump-starting the cooking process. Using a slotted spoon or skimmer, transfer the slices to the kitchen towel, patting them dry. Repeat with second batch of potato slices.

Prepare the spice mix

  1. Place all of the spices into a zip-top bag and shake to mix

Fry and season the chips

  1. Heat at least 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in an electric deep fryer or a large, high-sided pot. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and a wire cooling rack. Fry the potato slices in batches until golden brown. Remove the cooked chips with a metal skimmer and drain on the prepared baking sheet. Allow to cool for one minute, then place the chips in the zip-top bag and shake lightly to distribute the spices. Remove chips from the bag and repeat with remaining slices.

Notes

These homemade chips are best eaten the day they're fried.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 680mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gProtein: 4g

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

7 comments… add one
  • Kerry Dexter Aug 27, 2013, 2:11 am

    I can see why you were tempted by this book — not only the whole idea itself, but I’ve read Barber’s writing elsewhere and she an excellent writer.

    we tend to make baked fries and chips here, and I’ve learned over the years that if you watch the oven, it’s possible to dry bake them — no oil. and they taste great. barbeque and thai chili flavors are my favourites I have to say, so good to read about your experience with this recipe.

  • Deborah Davis Sep 4, 2013, 8:19 am

    As a potato chip junkie, I applaud you! I have been known to eat a whole bag of barbecued potato chips with my girlfriends in no time at all. Now we can make them from scratch. I might try making them with coconut oil, though. Yum!

  • Jenny Sep 19, 2013, 8:32 am

    What did you do with the cooking oil once you were done? That’s the great mystery to me and why I shy away from frying.

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 19, 2013, 8:37 am

      There wasn’t a lot left; the chips absorbed a lot. But I typically scrape pans like this into my chicken’s feed. They love it.

  • Auburn Nov 9, 2014, 8:37 pm

    Yum! Do you think it would be possible to bake these rather than fry? Have you tried that variation?

    • Kris Bordessa Nov 24, 2014, 8:21 pm

      I’m big on experimenting – I’d try it, certainly!

  • Fran Apr 9, 2018, 8:24 pm

    We were blown away at how much these taste like store bough chips!

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