Salt Lick Potato Salad Recipe
This is a copy cat of the amazing potato salad at the Salt Lick BBQ. It is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, too!
Salt Lick Potato Salad
The Salt Lick is a BBQ institution just outside Austin in Driftwood, Texas. We’ve been going there since my college days at The University of Texas in Austin starting around 1990.
We take friends when they come to visit us and now that we live kinda close enough we’ll go there for dinner on a Wednesday. And they are always busy.
My usual at the Salt Lick is to indulge in pork ribs and brisket. Everything is gluten-free except the bread and desserts. Although sometimes I opt for the smoked turkey instead of the pork ribs. But always brisket and a few burnt ends. That’s BBQ candy.
There are so many great places for BBQ in this town, but the Salt Lick feels like home to me. And let me tell you that the potato salad is one of my absolute favorite BBQ side dishes.
So of course, I had to learn to make it at home. Copy cat time!
It takes just a little prep but it is super easy and will be a perfect side dish for the Forth of July, BBQ, picnics, potlucks or if you are like me – just ’cause I’m feeling like it!
What You Will Need to Make the Salt Lick Potato Salad
- Salt Lick BBQ sauce (it’s gluten-free)
- pickle juice
- celery seed
- salt and pepper
This is a recipe that can be scaled depending on the crowd you are serving and adjusted to taste.
The vinaigrette is unspecified so I usually just make a simple one with red wine vinegar, EVOO, salt and pepper.
The secret is that the onions are chopped and then marinated in pickle juice overnight. It’s pretty cool because they serve you pickles and onions with your BBQ plate at the Salt Lick but they also use them in the potato salad.
The other tip is that you cook the potatoes first, then sprinkle them with a decent amount of celery seed, salt and pepper.
Then place them in the fridge until chilled. Then you add the pickled onions, vinaigrette, BBQ sauce, and mayo (if you are using it). MMMM. It’s so good.
Salt Lick Potato Salad
A delicious copy cat recipe of the Salt Lick’s potato salad, which is gluten-free and dairy-free, too!
- 2 white onions
- 1 cup dill pickle juice
- 15 medium Yukon gold potatoes
- 1 tbsp celery seed
- 1/2 cup vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup Salt Lick BBQ sauce
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
Chop the onions and add to a bowl. Pour in the pickle juice so that it covers the chopped onion. Marinate in the fridge overnight.
Wash the potatoes and peel. Cut into one inch cubes. Boil in salted water until tender to the fork, about 15-20 minutes.
Drain the water and place the potatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with celery seed, salt and pepper. Place in the fridge until cooled and ready to serve.
Mix together the vinaigrette and BBQ sauce. Drain the pickled onions. Add both to the potatoes. Toss until everything is incorporated. Taste test and serve.
Update 2019: So I found this recipe years ago online from a former Salt Lick employee. But recently I bought the Salt Lick Cookbook and found the recipe inside. We were close but not exact. Here is the original recipe from the cookbook below!