The end of the summer is upon us, and Labor Day is right around the corner. When I think of Labor Day, I think of picnics, and more importantly, grilling. So, I thought I would share a new product with you that may take some of the labor out of your Labor Day picnic! In fact, you can even win some of your own, if you keep reading!
Introducing Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
I was recently contacted by a representative for Country Bob’s – a small company from Illinois that makes sauces and seasonings. They were kind enough to provide me with two bottles of their All Purpose Sauce to taste and review here on my site. I must admit that I am often hesitant to accept and review products here on my blog… I don’t consider myself to be a food expert by any means, and I also don’t want my blog to become a giant advertisement. However, when I checked out their site, I decided that Country Bob’s was worth trying.
To provide you with some background info on Country Bob’s, I thought I’d include a bit of Q & A with Al Malekovic about the company and the product…
Q: Is there a story behind Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce?
A: Country Bob was a carnival barker and Don Rickles roll up in to one. I did many a food show with Him and He was always the talk of the show with all of his antics. He owned a gas station and always BBQ for the locals. In 1968 he invented Country Bobs. My daughter married his son and with my son the four of us went on a venture. It has been great and with the Lord’s help it has been successful.
Q: What is your favorite recipe using Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce?
A: My favorite recipe is WOOOOOE! I have dozens, hamburgers, corn pone pie, bbq, dipping sauce, appetizers, fudge and on and on!
Q: I know the name says “All Purpose” but what is the strangest use for the sauce that you have seen?
A: We had a woman come up with a recipe for fruit cocktail cake! It really was good!
Q: Other than the All Purpose Sauce, what other products can you recommend from Country Bobs?
A: Country Bobs Seasoning salt is also a fantastic product. We will cut with Lawry’s anytime. Whether you use it on tomatoes, bbq, burgers, chex mix just to name a few.
Q: If readers are interested in the sauce but cannot find it in their local stores, what’s the easiest way to order?
A: You can order from our web site or call us at 800-373-2140.
My Take on Grilling with Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
I’ve been thinking about how to describe the All Purpose Sauce, and the best description that I can come up with is that it reminds me of a cross between a barbecue sauce and a steak sauce. It is sweeter than most steak sauces I have tried, and it is not quite a barbecue sauce. It is delicious, though!
Because the weather has been warm, I have primarily used the sauce for grilling. I imagine that once the weather turns cooler, I will be using it in other recipes, as well. For now, though, it is wonderful for basting on the grill. One evening I didn’t have much energy to cook, so I decided to make chicken wraps. I simply seasoned some chicken breast with salt and pepper, threw it on the grill, and basted with the All Purpose Sauce in the last few minutes of grilling (don’t add it right away – the sugar in the sauce will burn on the grill). I added some grilled veggies, and the wraps were delicious!
My husband is a self-proclaimed barbecue sauce connoisseur. He puts it on almost anything. So, he has really enjoyed trying out the All Purpose Sauce. When I made the chicken wraps, he added some extra sauce to his “for the sake of testing,” of course. He was pleasantly surprised, too!
We sampled the sauce on a variety of meats, sandwiches, and wraps… but my favorite use for the sauce was making burgers on the grill. I used the sauce in the meat mixture and then basted the burgers with additional sauce while cooking. The resulting burgers were juicy and flavorful. I would recommend giving these ones a try at your next family picnic or cookout!
Labor-less BBQ Burgers
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90/10)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce plus additional for basting
- 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 hamburger rolls
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
Combine the beef, egg, bread crumbs, All Purpose Sauce, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Use your fingers to mix the ingredients, not overworking. Divide the mixture into four portions and form burger patties out of each. Cook on the grill to your likeness, basting with additional sauce in the last few minutes of grilling. Serve on hamburger rolls with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and any of your favorite burger toppings.
Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce Giveaway
Now that I have your attention (burgers will do that sometimes)… I would like to announce that Country Bob’s has agreed to provide two readers with a two bottle package of their All Purpose Sauce! To be eligible for the giveaway, please leave a comment about what you would like to make with the All Purpose Sauce by Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00pm EST. I will randomly choose a winner at that time… Good Luck!