Smoky Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce

The mayonnaise dressing for this potato salad gets a hit of smoky-sweet flavor courtesy of crispy bacon and barbecue sauce.

4 pounds fingerling potatoes
½ pound bacon
1¼ cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 celery ribs, diced
1 small red onion, diced
¼ cup chopped parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold salted water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes. Drain the potatoes and, when they are cool enough to handle, slice them in half.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the bacon slices over moderate heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and coarsely crumble.

3. In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the barbecue sauce, mustard and sherry vinegar. Fold the potatoes into the dressing while they are still warm. Let the potato salad stand, stirring a few times, until the potatoes have cooled and absorbed most of the dressing, about 20 minutes.

4. Add the celery, red onion and parsley to the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for an additional 20 minutes, stirring a few times. Garnish with the bacon and then serve at room temperature.

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