Marinade, Sauces, Rubs n Seasoning
So Dean called me a few days ago and asked me how is awesome BBQ Sauce was selling and I told him that we needed to get the word out so I asked him for the Top % Unique uses of Dean’s STS – Smokin’ Texas Barbecue Sauce cooking sauce. Below is a collection of some of the comments he has gotten from his biggest fans on how they are spicing up their recipes.
Here are the Top 5 uses on some unique uses of Dean’s STS – Smokin’ Texas Barbecue Sauce as mentioned by current fans.
1. Vegetable Cooking Broth – Use 1 part sauce mixed with 1 part water and slowly simmer favorite vegetables as normal.
Compliments of V. Mills, resident of “Serenity”
2. Zesty Meatloaf – Substitute Dean’s STS in place of the ketchup when called for in your favorite meatloaf recipe.
- Compliments of D. McCollough, Atlanta, GA
3. Tangier Homemade Pizza – Mix in “a good portion” of Dean’s STS when creating the marinara sauce to be spread on pizza dough before baking.
- Compliments of G. Rygert, Marietta, GA
4. Ketchup Replacement – This stuff is the ultimate replacement for Ketchup, and is just awesome on burgers. Tangy flavor with just a kiss of heat.
5. Lechón baboy is just better - Dean’s spouse hails from the island nation, Philippines. One of her homeland’s treasured national foods is known at Lechón baboy, a spit-roasted whole hog, fired long and slow in a time honored tradition that results in supernaturally crisp teak-colored skin, yet fall-off-the-bone moist meat entrapped within the skin. We’ve had the local (there’s only one here in the Atlanta area we know of) lechón maker add Dean’s STS to the usual host of Asian spices that the hog is stuffed with before cooking, resulting in quite unique flavor combinations.
Dean’s STS – Smokin’ Texas Barbecue Sauce all natural is a deliberate antithesis of the stereotypical sweet-n-syrupy BBQ sauces found in the major retailers. Not a “boutique” sauce but we can tell you that Dean’s Smokin’ Texas BBQ Sauce is not the typical sauce found at your local grocer.
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Pigchaser Pineapple Mango BBQ Sauce was a huge winner at the 2012 Gettin Sauced Rewards, winning a 1st place inf the Fruit Bottled Division, taking home first place! Gettin’ Sauced Award’s is a very competitive event and the list of contestants is pretty impressive. Winner of 4 of 5 stars from BBQ Sauce Reviews, this sauce is a winner and we are happy to see that the word is getting out there!
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Willingham’s Original Rub is a best seller for the BBQ Pro Shop on Amazon and on our store. We were introduced to the Original WHAM by our BBQ and Grilling mentor Elizabeth Karmel and it was one of the first rubs that we started to carry. We had an opportunity to talk to John when we placed an order with him, and he told us some great news, fresh from his return from Memphis in May 2012.
Memphis in May recognized John as creator of the indirect cooking, his accomplishments of being part of MIM for 30 years and using the first dry BBQ Rub. He was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame with Mike Mills and John Willingham is one of the BBQ greats. An honor and a pleasure to support and recognize him for all he has done for BBQ!
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One thing we love about this business is that there is no shortage of creative names around the incredible rubs and spices that we get to try. And Draper’s BBQ Moo’d Enhancer is in the top of the running for fun names, that not only nails the name of his newest beef rub, but really brings home the “Bovine Enhancement Powder” to something that is again special and unique.
Shane Draper is the man behind this latest spice and insiders in the industry tell me that he did a lot of research to find the perfect mix of herbs and spices to compliment this Beef Rub. It contains Sea Salt as the primary ingredient, and also throws in some paprika for flavor and color. It gives the beef a great light orange hue when rubbed on. The garlic and onion are just standards with Beef and it contains just a little MSG, which is something that competition folk are always looking for to provide that tenderness.
Shane set us up with a 1LB bag for sample and we have used on on NY Strips, Prime Rib, Ribeyes and some filet’s. Evvery one just raves about the stuff and wants to know more. The classic AP Rub used to be my goto on ribeye steaks. This new one is not as sweet and has a blend of herbs and spices with some heat that appears to be black pepper and some chipolte which provides an incredible aroma.
All and all, very excited to get this on my next brisket and really excited to start carrying the new 1LB packages which are now in resealable bags for long term maximum freshness. Not so sure that this bag will last too long. The package suggests trying this on all things that moo. So we are gearing up for some burgers, maybe trying it on tacos and possibly some pot roast. The heat hangs around for a little, but certainly is not too overpowering.
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Each year the NBBQA rolls out the entry forms for various BBQ Products to be submitted and assessed in their annual assessment of Awards of Excellence. In 2012 we are very proud to have been supporters of their winners and we wanted to take a moment to recognize their products and share their success with all of our fans! Congratulations to all of the winners.
This year Big Butz BBQ, Sweet Swine O’ Mine and Sam Dog BBQ all took home awards for their sauces and others for their rubs. We are big believers in supporting whomever has products that we love and most of all, has products which promote the love and respect of barbecue. Hill Country BBQ is a big supporter of our Mentor Elizabeth Karmel and we wanted to make sure they both got a mention as well. A big thanks to all the hard work that these people put into their products and we are always looking for the best new thing, feel free to Contact Us if you have something we should be carrying!
2012 NBBQA Awards of Excellence Winners (click to Download Full PDF)
Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Mild
Sixth Place – Sam Dog Barbecue – Yellow Dog Sauce
Barbecue Sauce Vinegar Mild