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Mug Root BeerJust 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.

Mug BBQ Sauce Kit

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.


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
  • Chris
  • Robin S
  • Amy
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  1. Paul says:

    Love your stuff!!!!

  2. Aaron Managhan says:

    I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks for the contest too!

  3. Ashley says:

    Yum! Count me in — nice giveaway in time for Father’s Day :)

  4. Brian Bille says:

    I plan on making a Bacon Explosion on Father’s Day and wonder how the root beer based sauce would taste brushed on it at the end? I usually use Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke with brisket but root beer is a great idea for sauce too.

    I’m thinking of buying a CharGriller Outlaw with side smoke box, any recommendations on it or another smoker in the same price range?

  5. Roland says:

    Nothing like an ice cold root beer with some good ‘cue! I love Mug root beer and love your site. Thanks!

  6. Matt says:

    Would love to try a kit!

  7. Aaron says:

    @Brian Good question. It’s a sweeter sauce so I bet it would offset the salty-ness of the bacon quite well. If you try it out let us know how it is!

  8. Dave T. says:

    Sign me up. I’m all for free…root beer and BBQ!

  9. Jason says:

    Winner Winner!

  10. John says:

    My Dad and I love BBQ & Mug root beer

  11. eric says:

    yum, ill follow it up with a root beer float -

  12. Fred says:

    Nice blend of sweet and savory. Looking forward to giving this a try!

  13. Andy says:

    Recently found your site, and I’m inspired! Bring on the bacon! And yes, I love root beer, too…this is awesome!

  14. Shelby says:

    I have never heard of using soda as an ingredient in BBQ sauce. You mentioned you usually use Dr. Pepper, how did the root beer compare? I need to know which I should try first. ;)

  15. Jorge says:

    If it has a hoof…. it is good.

  16. Aaron says:

    @Shelby – hmmm, good question. The Dr. Pepper sauce I make is a spicy rib sauce (it’s in one of my BBQ books, forget which one at the moment). The root beer sauce is a bit more tangy/sweet so whichever you prefer. Try them both!

  17. Lance says:

    Always up for some free BBQ swag!

  18. jamie says:

    mmmm.bacon. i’m the one who went unvegetarian for bacon so i should def. win!

  19. Chris says:

    my dad and I are doing a cook on Sunday. Our first time smoking together. Should be fun.

  20. wolfmank says:

    Cool count me in. :)

  21. EHoward says:

    Sounds like a good sauce mix – put my name in the hat!

  22. heather denning says:

    Pick me! :)

  23. Aubrey Patterson says:

    Love root beer, love BBQ, perfect. I’m ready to win!

  24. What a cool giveaway! I love root beer and recently made a root beer bundt cake. I’m sure BBQ with root beer in it would be awesome too!

  25. Bobby says:

    This sounds great!!!

  26. Sid says:

    This sounds awsome. Can’t wait to try it!

  27. Michael says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I’ll take one of the MUG Barbecue Sauce Kit off you hands!

  28. Mike says:

    I’ve heard of this sauce, but never have had a chance to put it together. This would prevent any excuses!

  29. Katherine Bresette says:

    I couldn’t think of a better gift to give my husband then a kit where he can make his own BBQ sauce. I am very excited!!!!

  30. Kim says:

    Looks like an interesting combination of ingredients! I’d love to try it!

  31. Scott says:

    This is great I so need this for Fathers Day!!!!!!

  32. Oh yeah! I would loev to try this out. I’ve always been a fan of MUG Rootbeer, I bet it would make a great BBQ sauce!

  33. nicole says:

    sounds yummy-would be excited to win!

  34. jim says:

    This is really cool. Love the Bacon Explosion as well.

  35. noah says:

    love me some Mug!

  36. Sue says:

    Sounds great….and today is even uncle Larry’s birthday. Would love to try it.

  37. Kyle says:

    Looks good! Maybe add some bourbon in there for some extra flavor?

  38. Reynard says:

    Awesome finger licking good barbeque!

  39. JimBQ says:

    If I win, this sauce is all over my next Bacon Explosion.

  40. SmokeInDaEye says:

    I love Mug root beer. It’s like water, but with sugar and flavoring!

  41. queen bee says:

    jason: you guys are amazing–we just tried the half bacon explosion the other day and it was incredible. we are so addicted! please throw our hat into the ring for the kit. thanks and keep up the great work!!!!

  42. Matt S says:

    Free schwag? I’m in!

  43. Dana Booth says:

    Would love the kit! Yum! :)

  44. TommyTapper says:

    I’ve been drinking RootBeer for 70 years now. Also think bacon flavored salt can be added to the bacon sausage explosion. Send me my kit.

  45. Pete says:

    Always wanted to try making my own sauce, now I can try.

  46. drnappy says:

    LOVE ROOT BEER, so what could be bad?

    Tried the bacon explosion concept on a butterflied leg of lamb, instead of sausage! WOW!!!

  47. Jessie says:

    I’ll tell you if it is southern :)
    No making fun of me for thinking Carolina BBQ is really BBQ

  48. BethP says:

    Love the blog! Toss my name in the hat, please! :-D

  49. Brandon says:

    BBQ goodness :D

  50. Sharon says:

    I would love a kit! I’d love to see how this sauce measures up to Kansas City bbq!

  51. Amy says:

    Sign me up!

  52. Brian says:

    I love recipes of all kinds Mug rootbeer gotta be good in bbq sauce
    Sign me up

  53. Jim says:

    The MUG root beer recipe sounds great. Root beer and pork are great together.

  54. Lisa says:

    Gotta love the liquid smoke!

  55. froid says:

    I love Mug rootbeer. Why wouldn’t anayone love BBQ sauce made with it?

  56. R. King says:

    Can y’all lighten the background or letters so an ole man can see what ya talkin ’bout. But I sho do want that kit…hey, I may even share my “Give it 2 me Babe” sauce with ya.

  57. JCM says:

    I think this is a great idea for a giveaway.

  58. Frank C. says:

    Would love to try it.

  59. Robin Stauffer says:

    I love BBQ and like to try new ways for BBQ sauce it is always interesting to hear all the new recipes that come across. Thank you so much for sharing just a mom cooking for her family.

    Have a nice day.

  60. Micah says:

    I’m a father that would love to try this kit out. Here’s hoping I win.

  61. Karl A says:

    Looking good!

  62. Jo Ann says:

    Wow, my brother would love this.

  63. Spice_Guy says:

    Never tried root beer for sauce. Sounds interesting though.

  64. George says:

    Heck yeah. Sign me up! I’m a dad….plus I support single moms. :)

  65. Jeff Davis says:

    Told the family no more ties or shirts, want BBQ stuff. I’ve sent them your URL, Can’t wait! Happy Fathers day to Me! Oh and I got to get my dad some stuff too. =-)

  66. John says:

    Looks like a winner. Will be trying it soon. Love MUG rootbeer in an ice cold mug! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  67. Rachael says:

    We love us some BBQ shwag at!


  68. Nick says:

    Looks great. Hope to try it out!

  69. Linda Cunningham says:

    Love, love, love this site!

  70. Danny B says:

    OMGWTFBBQ goodness, that looks awesome!

  71. DJ says:

    This sounds so good, would love to try it!

  72. Norton says:

    I’m a big fan of the Mug Rootbeer and I would love to try the kit out.


  73. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    I wanted to nominate my dad! He is phenomenal! He works so hard for his family. Not only has he served as a police officer, he is a cancer survivor who still works more than full time to provide for his family, and help my husband & I provide for our children, one of which is disabled. My dad has always stuck by my side, and he always lets my momma know how much he loves her. He ROCKS at makin’ bar-b-q, whether its a few racks O ribs, or 26 oz. Ribeyes, or when he slow cooked 8 briskets all on his own for a wedding, hes got it goin on! I have never seen a man who watches more bar b q shows on food network! I think his dream would be to go up against Bobby Flay!

  74. Wayne says:

    Great site!
    If we don’t win, how do we order the MUG kit?

  75. Aaron says:

    Good question, I’ll see if I can find out.

  76. brian says:

    I got my BBQ Kit in the mail this week, thank you so much and keep up the great work!

  77. Aaron says:

    @Wayne – Looks like that was just a promo they were running. You can find the recipe on their site in the recipe section:

  78. [...] recently asked some online friends in a food forum what they thought the best bottled bbq barbecue sauce is. Four out of five [...]

  79. Helen says:

    I woulkd love to win freeee stuff. I raised my daughter as a single parent. so I was both MOM annd DAD. I love to BBQ, and come up with new sauces.

  80. Josann312 says:

    LOVE this STUFF!!

  81. ken miller says:

    would love to try this on my family

  82. austin says:

    the secret ingredient is mug rootbeer.

  83. austin says:

    it’s a fun family thing to do with dad. grilling outside is great.

  84. David says:

    This sounds really good. I love to cook on the grill. BBQ ing almost everything that goes on it. Never used Mugg root beer in my BBQ sauce but I’m sure going to. Thanks for the recipe, everything goes great with Mugg Root Beer. :)

  85. Robert Leonard says:

    Can’t wait to get the bar-b-que fired up and show my 2 son-n-laws how to slow cook ribs, how to do a burger, chicken and sausages without burning them or getting smoke in the face. Let the backyard party start.

  86. Jake Smith says:

    This would be good we usually use a different kind of soda. But this one
    We might have to give it a try.

  87. Vivian Brown says:

    I’ve heard of adding Root Beer to BBQ sauce/marinade. And I Love Mug Root Beer…So it makes perfect sense on WHAT’S BEST TO USE !! I’m raising my 2 grandsons ( 11 &13 ) They are really interested in learning more about Grilling & BBQ. This would be an AWSOME experience…to actually WIN THIS KIT…then use it as we learn together. Hope I hear GOOD NEWS soon ! ! ! Thanks for the chance to win….& the great recipe too.! ! ! :-)

  88. Vivian Brown says:

    Love Guy….& Mug Root Beer !! This would be Fantastic opportunity for me..& my 2 Grandsons to experiment our attempt to learn more about grilling too.Would Love to find a way to win a good grill…this might help our “learning experiences too ! ! ! LOL ! ! :-) GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ! ! ! HAPPY GRILLING ! ! !

  89. Vivian Brown says:

    Have left 2 comments … Yes..I Really would Love to WIN !!! Thanks for the cgance to WIN ! ! ! PLEASE…add me to future offers !!!

  90. Linda Daub says:

    We love your BBQ! Son in law. Loves the baconactor! The flavors are throughout the whole sandwich, each bite is better than the last! Delicious