Just in time for Father’s Day (well close enough anyway) we have another giveaway for you. If your dad (or yourself, we’re not really discriminating here) has ever wanted to make his own barbecue sauce, but never knows where to start we have a treat for you. MUG Root Beer generously gave us one of their kits to test out. They are also letting us give you, our loyal readers, 10 barbecue sauce kits for Father’s Day gifts (to be used later since I’m late). Anyway, we’re going to make this a quick contest so we’ll randomly select five people who sign up for our periodic email newsletter (we promise not to annoy you with it) and/or comment below (doing both increases your chances). We’ll pick the winners tomorrow and update this post so hurry!
I was a bit hesitant at first because I didn’t know what was going to be included in the kit, I didn’t want a bunch of pre-mixed ingredients. When I received the package I was pleasantly surprised to find all fresh ingredients inside a nice Mug Root Beer cooler! Since I have made BBQ sauce with various cola’s before (usually Dr. Pepper) I wasn’t too scared to try it out with some root beer.
As you can see it comes with all fresh ingredients, a nice cooler, and of course an Mug apron. Why is it I have like 50 aprons and never wear one? I ended up with sauce all over me again. Anyway, Mug calls the sauce The Southern Specialty Brew-B-Q Sauce and it contains MUG Root Beer (obviously) and quite a few ingredients as you can see below. The instructions were easy to follow and it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and your sauce can stay refrigerated for up to 2 weeks for later use. In case you don’t win (which you really should, the cooler itself is worth it), here is the recipe:
Southern Specialty Barbecue Sauce
1 cup MUG¨ Root Beer
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon mild-flavored (light) molasses
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Cool slightly. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead; keep refrigerated.)
The sauce came out nicely, with a mild tangy flavor. I took some leftover pulled pork and made a couple sandwiches and it complimented the pork nicely. It has an interesting and unique flavor. I took some pictures of the final sandwich all nice looking, but I screwed up transferring it so I’ll upload it later. Anyway, get or give a gift of a barbecue sauce kit and start on the road of making your own ingredients! (And if you run out of other ideas, the Pole Dancer Stripper Alarm Clock is always amusing).
UPDATE: First five winners of the MUG Root Beer BBQ Sauce Kits have been randomly selected. You’ll be receiving an email shortly.
- AUBREY P
UPDATE: MUG is letting us give away 5 more kits! Keep going for a chance to win!
UPDATE: Final five winners!
- Amanda W
- Brian W
- Robin S