Middle Eastern Spiced Condiments

Middle Eastern Spices
Middle Eastern Spices

The Spruce / Anita Schecter

We're about to dive deep into BBQ season and that means breaking out the sauces and condiments. Whether you're smoking a rack of ribs or just grilling some burgers and hot dogs, it's all about the toppings. Here are a few traditional sauces with ideas for kicking them up, Middle Eastern style. Your cookout guests will thank you!

  • 01 of 05

    Cumin Spiced Ketchup

    Easy tomato ketchup recipe

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Ketchup. It's our favorite. We all know that we love the red stuff. But it's so much better with a little of the smoky flavor of ground cumin. Use your favorite store brand or, better yet, start with an easy tomato ketchup recipe and start adding 1/4 teaspoons of ground cumin until you find your perfect taste.

  • 02 of 05

    Turmeric Mustard


    If you're passing on the ketchup, chances are you're reaching for the mustard. And why not? It's absolutely amazing on top of hot dogs, grilled brats or even pretzels. But try adding a dash of turmeric to up the amazing factor and also add some of the health benefits of turmeric we're always hearing about.

    Use your favorite store brand or make a simple mustard at home.

  • 03 of 05

    Za'atar Ranch Dressing

    Ranch Dressing

    All that BBQ food goes great with a big salad as long as it also includes an amazing dressing. We all love a good ranch dressing but try adding a bit of za'atar seasoning to give it an extra zing. Because there are very few savory foods that don't taste better with a bit of za'atar.

    Use your favorite store bought ranch or make a homemade buttermilk ranch at home.

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    Middle Eastern Pickle Relish

    Pickle Relish

    If you're a fan of all things pickled then chances are you top your hot dogs with pickle relish.

    Try making your own so you can customize it and give it a Middle Eastern flair by adding a few mustard seeds, some chili powder, a touch of hot paprika and a pinch of ground cumin. 

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  • 05 of 05

    Harissa Mayonnaise


    Mayonnaise is the quintessential dressing to all our favorite cookout side dishes, even if it can be a little plain. But try adding a bit of fiery harissa and there won't be anything plain about this condiment.

    Use your favorite store-bought mayonnaise or make a simple mayonnaise at home.