April 9, 2022

Is this salad dressing the ultimate dipping sauce?

Recipe: Catalina Cowpoke Dressing.

Similar to Russian Dressing made creamy, Catalina Cowpoke Dressing is spicy, warm and smooth, but not hot. It’s as good on Iceberg lettuce as it is for dipping your fries. Here’s the unique thing: Despite the three-ingredient simplicity, the dressing takes on your personality depending on which BBQ sauce and spice blend is your go to.

What I like is that it’s simple enough to make fresh in needed quantities instead of having to mix up by the pint. (It’s one less jar in your fridge.) Here’s the recipe for a single serving. (Parts have been added to make it easier to multiply it out.)


  • 2 T (12 parts) Kansas-City-Style BBQ sauce (Montgomery Inn, KC Masterpiece, Sweet Baby Ray’s original, etc.)
  • 1 T (6 parts) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 t (1 part) chili powder mix (Preferably without cumin: I use Bolner’s Fancy Fiesta Pinto Seasoning)


  1. Mix thoroughly.

Will keep in the fridge for a week, but I usually make it fresh.


  • I love this for dipping warm-from-the-fryer Saratoga Chips: Homemade potato chips.
  • Spread a little on your sandwich to liven up cold cuts and cheese.
  • Don’t mean to insult anyone’s pit sensibilities, but try on ribs or a BBQ sandwich.

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