Tailgating at Home: Bruleed Donuts and Spicy-Sweet Barbecue Dry Rub

September 4, 2013

Just because you can’t make it out to every home game or major car race this tailgating season doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the fun while watching from home!

bruleed doughnut with bbq rub

Personally, I’ll use any excuse to turn my driveway in to the ultimate tailgating party, even if it’s to tune in to the season finale of Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters. (Planning to throw your own Ultimate Tailgating Party?  Be sure to take a photo and enter the Kingsford Tailgater of the Year Contest here).

tailgate party at home

While I was waiting for the grills and smokers to heat up, I decided to take the dozen glazed donuts I had bought for breakfast and give them a live fire twist by dipping them in honey, dusting them in and a sweet and spicy barbecue dry rub, and carmelizing the tops using a small kitchen butane torch.



  • 1 dozen glazed donuts
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Brownulated® sugar
  • ¼ cup sweet and spicy BBQ dry rub (I used Obie Cue’s Sweet Heat but you can also use your favorite dry rub or, better yet, use the recipe below to make your own modified dry rub seasoning!)



Add honey to a medium bowl.  Dip donuts in to the honey and place on a heat resistant serving dish or baking sheet pan.  Sprinkle Brownulated® sugar evenly over the tops.  Using a kitchen-sized blowtorch, heat the sugar until it starts to bubble and lightly brown.  Dust with the dry rub and allow to cool completely before serving with your favorite cold beverage.


Spicy Sweet BBQ Dry Rub

  • ¾ cup of your favorite dry rubs seasoning
  • ¼ cup Brownulated® sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. powdered Cayenne pepper

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and blend well.

plain glazed donut ready to be bruleed and spiced

bruleed doughnut with bbq spice rub


- Clint Cantwell, Grilling.com Editor

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