Recipe for barbeque bacon and pasta salad made with Hollah Bucky BBQ sauce

Bucky BBQ bacon and Pasta salad

Monday 24th July 2017 by Lynne

Buckfast wine in salad? Oh yes- thanks to Hollah Preserving's Bucky BBQ sauce. Delicious mixed with yoghurt to make a creamy dressing and added to pasta, smoked bacon, cucumber, red pepper, spring onion and pine nuts!

You wouldn’t traditionally introduce Buckfast to a salad but when I discovered this Bucky BBQ sauce from Hollah Preserving, I couldn’t resist it!

I met Paula, one half of the Hollah team at a foodie event in Avoca.  We were chatting for ages and I was really taken with her passion for her products.  She let me try quite a few and they were all delicious but there was something about the sheer decadence of using Buckfast in a sauce that really appealed to me.

If you aren’t aware of the delights of Buckfast, let me fill you in.  It’s a tonic wine made by Benedictine Monks in Buckfast Abbey.  Although the Abbey is in Devon, Buckfast enjoys a special popularity in Northern Ireland.  Apparently, it is the most popular drink in Lurgan, accounting for 25% of all booze sold in the town and earning it the NI nickname, Lurgan champagne

The drink is famed for it’s high caffeine content and has been blamed for anti-social behaviour in Scotland, where it has been branded as ‘Wreck the Hoose Juice’ and ‘Commotion Lotion’.  What’s not to like?

I decided to use the sauce in a BBQ bacon and pasta salad, using natural yoghurt to transform the Bucky sauce into a creamy but healthy dressing.  I was absolutely delighted with the results.  You can find the recipe and instructions below if you want to give it a go.



Bucky BBQ bacon and Pasta salad
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A recipe and instructions for bacon and pasta salad made with Hollah Preserving's Bucky BBQ sauce with Buckfast tonic wine

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  • 4 rashers of smoked back bacon (rinds removed)
  • 4 spring onions ( topped, tailed and sliced(
  • 1/2 a red pepper (deseeded and chopped)
  • 1/4 cucumber (sliced into quarters)
  • 1 tbsp pinenuts
  • 3 tbsp Hollah Bucky BBQ sauce (or substitute with an alternative BBQ sauce)
  • 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 250g pasta shapes (cooked)


  • Grill the bacon and chop into small pieces
  • Place the pasta in a bowl with the bacon, spring onions, red pepper, cucumber and half the pinenuts
  • Mix together the BBQ sauce and natural yoghurt
  • Stir the mixture through the other ingredients ensuring all the pasta is completely covered
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle over the remaining pinenuts and serve!

3 responses to “Bucky BBQ bacon and Pasta salad”

  1. Sam says:

    ha ha ha I can’t believe there is Buckfast in this!

  2. Clare Rodgers says:

    I’m going to try this- thanks!

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