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Barbeque Macaroni Salad Recipe

Barbeque Macaroni Salad

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"A macaroni salad with a twist. Great for summer parties. You can garnish with hard-boiled eggs and tomato wedges, if desired."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Put macaroni in a serving bowl, and mix in the marinara sauce, celery, relish, olives, onion, mayonnaise and chili powder. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 21, 2007

I have been making this salad for years. First found it on the back of Golden Grain macaroni package. My family loved it. It has been a hit at potlucks and barbeques over the years. My son's most requested dish. As I reviewed the recipe I found a couple of discrepancies. First the macaroni was a 16 oz.package. Second it called for 1 cup of marinara sauce. At the time the recipe appeared on the package Golden Grain had an 8 oz. Can of marinara sauce on the market.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 20, 2004

Terrible, the more we ate the more we didn't like it!


16 Ratings

Feb 03, 2005

It was delicious. Everyone at work loved it and several asked for the recipe. I think it tastes better the longer it is refrigerated! Yummy!

Jun 17, 2009

I agree with "DOLLAR SHORT" about the ingredients in the salad. However, I remember the salad recipe on the back of a 'Salad Macaroni' not 'Elbow Macaroni'. The salad is delicious!!!

Jul 02, 2007

I believe this salad was originally introduced on the Golden Grain mac salad pasta package a million years ago :). My mother made it for us as kids and we never let he make any other kind. However, the recipe called for chopped black olives. It's the only mac salad I make and now my daughter makes it as well. It's kind of a family tradition. It's the hit of every pot luck and every BBQ.

Nov 02, 2007

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! Had lost my copy from years ago and now I can make for a party this weekend!! Thank you!!

Oct 28, 2010

Have been everywhere searching for this recipe, finally found it. It;s soooo good. Lost my original.

Aug 24, 2007

This salad is delicious. This is a big hit at potlucks or other gatherings. Most people prefer it to traditional macaroni salad. While it's not exactly barbecue flavor, I couldn't think of a better name for it. If you are having doubts, please at least try this recipe. From the ingredients list, it seems strange, but it actually has a remarkably good flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 375 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 24.4 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 565 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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