Warm summer nights are perfect for quick dinners on the grill. Impress your family by whipping up a batch of BBQ Aioli made with Sweet Sunshine sauces – and enter to win a set of sauces today!

BBQ Aioli set up

This summer tackle the world of condiments and make them all at home, starting with an aioli that will blow your mind! This BBQ Aioli  is made with Sweet Sunshine’s Roasted Shallot & Garlic sauce and turns any simple sandwich or burger into a gourmet item. A couple of weeks back we shared a recipe for Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Jamaican Jerk Cashew Sauce and it was a total hit – not only did readers love it, but my taste testers enjoyed the heartiness of a meatless dish. Today we’re continuing with the meatless theme with these Vegetarian Summer Sandwiches.

BBQ Aioli

But first, let’s make aioli! What is aioli, you ask? Similar to mayonnaise, it’s an emulsion made from egg yolks and oil, traditionally flavored with garlic. Mayonnaise tends to stay away from the garlic and in this recipe the garlic comes from the sweet, spicy, garlicky Sweet Sunshine sauce we add at the last minute for flavor and color.

Aioli How To recipe

With a little arm power, a bowl, and a whisk – you’ve got everything you need to start making aioli. The great thing about this French condiment is that you can easily adapt it to any occasion by flavoring it different. This BBQ aioli works perfectly for summer sandwiches, but add lemon zest for a brunch or a touch of truffle oil for a dinner party. The possibilities are endless! Because this Sweet Sunshine sauce has roasted shallots and garlic, the need for the traditional addition of garlic to aioli is no longer needed.

Aioli recipe bbq addition

Once again,  we’ve partnered up with Sweet Sunshine, a line of all natural fat-free condiments that was created from a treasured family recipe. Their company motto is: “Flavor before Fire”, which is definitely important in sauces where you still want that kick from your beloved spice, but you don’t want to be chugging a gallon of milk afterwards. These sauces are the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, acidic, and all around deliciousness. 

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BBQ Aioli & Summer Sandwiches

A hearty vegetarian sandwich with tons of flavor!
Print Recipe
Summer Sandwiches
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


for the aioli:

  • 1 fresh egg yolk
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Sunshine sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

for the sandwiches:

  • 1 eggplant sliced and grilled
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves whole
  • 1 baguette sliced and grilled


  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg for 30 seconds. Slowly add the oil drop by drop until an emulsion forms and then whisk in a slow stream. Use up all the oil and then add Sweet Sunshine sauce. Season with salt and lemon juice to taste.
  • To build sandwiches, slather warm grilled bread with aioli. Layer with grilled eggplant slices, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves. Enjoy while warm!


If you want to serve the sandwiches hot, throw the sliced grilled eggplant topped with mozzarella in the oven for a few minutes to get hot and bubbly!
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Summer Sandwiches

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sweet Sunshine and my time for creating this recipe has been compensated. That being said, opinions are my own and I’d never recommend a product I didn’t love! So go and grab a jar or two of these sauces for your summer cookouts! 

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  1. Donna Pyszk says:

    Would most definitely use the sauces on chicken

  2. I would love to try these on chicken

  3. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I would use them on steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork chops… corn on the cob, shrimp just about anything.

  4. Melinda Stephens says:

    I’d use them in my bbq potato salad.

  5. tina reynolds says:

    I would use on steaks

  6. lisavanhook@aol.com says:

    I would try them on everything..