This copycat Dairy Queen FlameThrower Sauce is the real deal. It's easy to make and tastes exactly like the original. Don't waste your time with other recipes; this is the one you want!
🍔 About This Recipe
FlameThrower burgers are one of the most popular items at Dairy Queen. They're full of flavor with just the right amount of heat.
The standout feature is the DQ FlameThrower Sauce. It's no secret what it is. It's just chipotle sauce with added hot sauce. If you don't believe it, I'll break it down in the next section, but Reddit also seems to agree.
We'll use Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for this recipe, which gives the sauce its signature smokiness and heat. You can also use canned chipotle pepper sauce.
🧑🍳 Replicating At Home
In my opinion, FlameThrower Sauce is just chipotle sauce with hot sauce. Dairy Queen doesn't explicitly state it, but it's pretty obvious from their ingredient list:
Soybean Oil, Water, Hot Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt), Sugar, Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Food Starch-Modified, Contains 2% or less of Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Spice, Extractives of Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Mustard Bran, Peppers, Garlic Powder, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Onion Powder, Ground Chipotle Peppers, Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavor), Jalapeno
You can see that ground chipotle peppers and hot sauce are both listed as ingredients. Most chipotle sauce recipes use canned peppers in adobo sauce, so we'll use that, too.
The first ingredient is soybean oil, which tells us that the sauce is mayo-based (mayo is made with oil, vinegar, and eggs).
But I tested this recipe with only mayo and found the sauce to be too runny. I recommend adding full-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt to help thicken it.
If you prefer, you can also use xanthan gum. Simply mix in ¼ of a teaspoon and blend the sauce until it thickens.
- Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: We'll use three chipotle peppers and a teaspoon of the sauce. You can find these in the Mexican section of most grocery stores.
- Hot Sauce: I'm using Frank's RedHot Sauce today, but feel free to use whatever hot sauce you have on hand.
- Mayonnaise: I recommend using full-fat real mayonnaise for its thicker texture.
- Sour Cream: Helps thicken the sauce as the hot sauce makes the mayo runny.
- Onion Powder and Garlic Powder: These are both listed on Dairy Queen's ingredient list. Feel free to add freshly minced garlic for extra flavor.
- Black Pepper: Freshly cracked for the best flavor.
STEP 1: Add all the ingredients to a food processor (plus one teaspoon of the sauce) and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
STEP 2: Store Dairy Queen FlameThrower Sauce in the refrigerator until ready to use. You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
💭 Top Tips
- Use Good Quality Mayo. I recommend using Hellman's brand, though any mayonnaise can work.
- Experiment with spiciness. I recommend two teaspoons because too much can make the sauce runny. To get extra spiciness without runniness, you can add ground cayenne pepper or, even better, ground chipotle peppers.
- No Food Processor? No Problem: If you don't have a food processor, La Costena, a popular brand for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, now offers a processed form called Chipotle Pepper Sauce. To make the sauce, you can simply mix it with the other ingredients.
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Dairy Queen FlameThrower Sauce Recipe
- 3 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons Franks Red Hot Sauce Original (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor (plus one teaspoon of the sauce) and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.