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Revolution Barbecue Homemade Ranch Dressing by Glenn Connaughton

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Ultimate Homemade Buttermilk Ranch: Irresistible Flavor

Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing – a family tradition that has forever changed the way we look at this creamy condiment. It all started as an experiment in our kitchen, a quest to create something that resonated with our love for fresh, wholesome flavors. The result? A dressing so rich and tangy, it makes every salad a celebration and every vegetable dip a delight.

Making this dressing has become a ritual in our home. The buttermilk, with its gentle tang, melds seamlessly with the herbs and spices, creating a harmony that store-bought dressings can’t replicate. The joy in each scoop is a reminder of what real, unadulterated food tastes like.

Here’s a little secret from our kitchen: Any leftover buttermilk from this recipe serves as an excellent brine for chicken. It tenderizes the meat, infusing it with subtle flavors, perfect for your next barbecue or roast.

Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.

Revolution Barbecue Homemade Ranch Dressing by Glenn Connaughton

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Welcome to the world of homemade buttermilk ranch dressing! In this recipe, we’ll embark on a flavorful journey that perfectly complements your fresh greens and veggies. Ranch dressing isn’t just a condiment; it’s a revelation of taste when done right. So, roll up your sleeves and let’s dive into the art of creating this creamy, tangy delight.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Ounces


  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cold sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


Step 1: The Base

  • In the world of ranch dressing, our foundation is a trio of creamy goodness: cold buttermilk, cold sour cream, and real mayonnaise. These ingredients lay the groundwork for that luscious, smooth texture we all know and love. So, grab a bowl and combine these three amigos.

Step 2: The Flavor Burst

  • Now, it’s time to infuse your ranch with those mouthwatering flavors. Squeeze in a teaspoon of lemon juice for that zesty kick. Sprinkle in granulated onion , dried parsley leaves, dried dill, and granulated garlic. Don’t forget the fine kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. These seasonings are the secret to ranch’s irresistible taste.

Step 3: The Whisking Magic

  • Take your whisk and dive into the mixture. Whisk away, my fellow pitmaster, until all the ingredients are beautifully combined. The aroma should already have your taste buds dancing with anticipation.

Step 4: Season to Perfection

  • Taste your creation. Is it everything you dreamed of? If not, add more salt to suit your palate. Remember, barbecue is all about finding the perfect balance of flavors, and ranch dressing is no exception.

Step 5: The Chill Time

  • This is where patience becomes a virtue. Cover your ranch dressing with a lid and pop it into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Trust me; this waiting period is crucial. It allows the flavors to mingle and dance together, creating a harmony that will elevate your salads to a whole new level.

Step 6: The Final Reveal

  • After the waiting game, it’s time for the grand reveal. Take that chilled, creamy ranch dressing out of the fridge. The aroma alone will make your mouth water. Drizzle it over your fresh salad or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies.


For the perfect finishing touch to your homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, I recommend using real mayonnaise like Helman’s (known as Best Foods in some regions) for that classic, creamy goodness. However, if you’re in the mood for a bit of Southern twang, consider using Duke’s mayonnaise to add a unique flavor twist. The choice is yours, but either way, your ranch dressing will be a flavor-packed masterpiece. Enjoy every mouthwatering bite!
Keyword Buttermilk, buttermilk ranch dressing, Easy to Make, Flavorful and Delicious, Fresh Herbs, homemade ranch dressing
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