Viral Boat Dip With a BBQ Twist: No-Bake, Quick, Easy!

Viral Boat Dip With a BBQ Twist: No-Bake, Quick, Easy!


Chances are, you’ve heard of the Viral Boat Dip that’s captured America’s attention. When I saw my good buddy Austin Dennis whip up a batch, I knew I had to try it! Of course, I put my own twist on it, giving it that classic BBQ flair. This great last-minute appetizer takes just five minutes to come together. 

Dips are always a hit, and there’s a reason this one has taken the internet by storm. It’s cool, creamy, and perfect for those days spent on the lake. No boat? No problem! Enjoy this Viral Boat Dip at your next cookout, family picnic, or as a quick snack. You could even stow this recipe away for football season! Whatever the occasion, Viral Boat Dip is bound to be a hit.

My Viral Boat Dip is an excellent alternative to more involved Tex-Mex appetizers. It’s a fabulous treat for those scorching hot days when cooking isn’t an option. Because it lasts a few days in the fridge, you can take it on long drives or camping trips. 

The most minimal recipes become extraordinary with the right seasonings. This dip uses Malcolm's Grande Gringo Mexican Seasoning to add just the right South-of-the-border kick. To give the Viral Boat Dip a little spice, I added Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeño Rub. When paired, you have one fantastic taco seasoning that can be used in any Tex-Mex recipe. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to fit your personal preference.

The Ingredients

This Viral Boat Dip comes together with just 6 ingredients that most people have on hand. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping list. 

  • Sour cream. The base of this Viral Boat Dip is sour cream. Sour cream gives this dip a tangy flair that meshes well with the other ingredients. Plus, sour cream feels light, making it the ultimate Summer ingredient.
  • Rotel. This fun ingredient is simply green chilies and diced tomatoes. You can find it in various varieties, from mild to hot, so choose your favorite! Pro tip: Depending on the brand, Rotel can go by other names, like “diced tomatoes and green chilies.” 
  • Lime juice. A little citrus is a welcome addition to any dip. Fresh lime juice is an ingredient I use often. I’m obsessed with how it brightens chicken, appetizers, and pork. Lime juice keeps this Viral Boat Dip tasting like sweet, lazy Summer days.
  • Malcolm's Grande Gringo Mexican Seasoning. This excellent seasoning comes from a good buddy of mine, Malcolm Reed, from How to BBQ Right. It contains a blend of cumin, salt, garlic, paprika, and oregano. Use it in your tacos, burritos, and nachos or to rim your margarita glass. Unlike other Mexican seasonings, Malcolm’s is mild, so the entire family can enjoy it! 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeño Rub. This zesty mix of jalapeños, garlic, salt, and pepper has been a best-seller since day 1. Once you snag a bottle, you’ll see why! This is an AP rub with a kick, perfect for veggies, popcorn, chicken, pork, or steak. 
  • Mexican-style finely shredded cheese. A little cheese takes this Viral Boat Dip up a notch. I used a Mexican-style cheese blend. I prefer the finely shredded variety, but you can use whatever you like. If you’re not in a hurry, go for freshly shredded cheese. Delicious!

The Process for Making Viral Boat Dip

You’ll find a visual demonstration of this recipe in the video. For now, here’s a quick rundown of how I pulled this delectable Viral Boat Dip together.

The Results

The Viral Boat Dip was succulent, creamy, and full of Tex-Mex heat. The lime juice paired perfectly with Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeño Rub, giving the dip a well-rounded flavor profile. This dip is bound to be one of your new favorite appetizers. 

Serving Suggestions for Viral Boat Dip

Serve this one-of-a-kind Viral Boat Dip with pretzels, pita, tortilla, or potato chips. You can also use it as a dip for your veggies if you want a lighter option. 

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftovers and store them covered for up to 3 days. You can also make your dip ahead of time to let the seasonings mesh. 

Since this dip is dairy-based, I don’t recommend freezing it as the texture will be off when thawed. 

Equipment and Tools

Mixing bowls, ThermoWorks Hi-Temp Silicone Spatula

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