Deviled eggs are a traditional accompaniment to holiday meals or a backyard barbecue. Learn how to make the best deviled eggs using this recipe.
6 hard-boiled eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon chopped dill pickles or relish
1 tablespoon pickle juice (optional, but gives it a little extra something)
1/4 C – 1/3 C mayonnaise
Splash of hot sauce
A tiny pinch of sugar
Paprika, for sprinkling
Red onion or chives for garnish
Optional: crumbled bacon for an extra garnish
1 shredded chicken breast
Carolina Gold BBQ sauce (or your favorite barbecue sauce)
Prepare your eggs! I like to cook mine in the Instant Pot using the 5-5-5 method: 5 minutes on manual, 5 minute natural release, 5 minutes in cold water. They cook and peel perfectly! You can also boil yours on the stovetop for 8-9 minutes and place in a bowl of ice water, or if you’re in a pinch and want to make life easier, use the pre-cooked ones from the grocery store.
After peeling the eggs, gently slice each egg in half and scoop the egg yolks into a bowl. Keep the egg whites on a separate plate to fill, and mash the yolks in the bowl, using a fork.
In the bowl of egg yolks, add the relish (or chopped pickles), mustard, a tiny splash of pickle juice (optional but adds a nice lil flavor!), little pinch of sugar, salt, and pepper.
Prep the bbq chicken and garnishes. In a bowl, I combine the shredded chicken with BBQ sauce. It’s helpful if the chicken breast is warm because the sauce is more easily absorbed. I almost always have shredded chicken on hand as part of our meal prep, so it’s easy to quickly warm up and add a little BBQ sauce. Chop the garnishes: red onion or chives, or crumbled bacon.
Fill the eggs using a Ziploc or pastry bag
Finally, top with your desired toppings and garnishes! Add the BBQ chicken, bacon (if you’re using it), chives or red onion, more paprika, and do a chef’s drizzle of BBQ sauce around the platter.
Store covered in the fridge or enjoy immediately.