Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Review and Giveaway

Tanya and I were really fortunate to have received 2 bottles each of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. Country Bob's is based in Centralia Illinois and was developed by Country Bob Edison in 1968 so it has been around for a very long time.
My husband is a HUGE BBQ sauce fan, he will eat just about anything if it is dripping with sauce so I was pretty excited to get his opinion of this all purpose sauce.We decided because it boasts that it is all purpose and can be used with anything to try it with pulled pork sandwiches using Country Bob's as it's only seasoning.

Here is what I did:
Pulled Pork Sandwich

I used 1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder,

I seared it ( quickly fried it in a pan with butter) to get the brown crisp outer crust.

Then I put it in a crock pot with one cup water 1 medium chopped onion and I cooked it on low for 4 hours. I did not over season it because I wanted to get the flavors from Country Bobs Sauce.It is just my husband and I so I'm able to portion control and make more then one meal out of these bigger cuts of meat. I put enough meat for two sandwiches in a bowl, pulled it apart and added Country Bob's sauce.
The thing that struck me first was the scent when I opened the bottle. It has a distinct, spicy aroma that captured me the instant I smelled it. I thought ...this is gonna be good, and I finger tested it. I am not a BBQ sauce fan, however this was pretty tasty. It is not BBQ sauce exactly. It reminds me of a mix of BBQ and A1 with Worcestershire sauce in there somewhere. It is pretty intriguing to me. My husband on the other hand smelled it and said...I don't knowwwwww.
After pouring an ample amount of sauce on the meat I mixed it up and put it on the buns. I served it with watermellon and a cold pasta salad.

I liked it, Country Bob's has a down home flavor with just enough sweetness to make it feel comforting. There is a slight peppery after taste that my son loves and my husband usually doesn't. However, it wasn't so hot that you did not want more. The Big Critics opinion? He loved it in fact he kept pouring as he ate his sandwich. And I have instructions to buy more. We are planning on having it with chicken next but I can't wait to try it on STEAK!

When Kim informed me that Country Bob’s was sending us each some of their All Purpose Sauce, I was really excited. Then it dawned on me…wait…I don’t like all purpose sauces. Every one I had tried before just didn’t do it for me. That’s okay though, I love a challenge. Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce has a distinct aroma all it’s own. Upon opening the bottle it smelt both sweet and tangy, but not overwhelming.And it tastes much different than any other sauce I’ve used before. It has a touch of good ole Southern comfort to it.
I found a recipe on the Country Bob’s site that I thought may work to my liking with some tweaking. I actually adapted this to two different recipes.

Mushroom lovers Version:
4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup all purpose flour
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste
Smart Balance Buttery Spread
1 large white onion sliced
12 oz fresh sliced mushrooms
1 can of cream of mushroom soup mixed with a half can of water
County Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
4 slices of Swiss cheese

No Thanks on the Mushroom Version:
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
Remainder of the flour mixture
Remainder of sauted onions
Smart Balance Buttery Spread
1/2 can of cream of chicken soup mixed with 1/4 can of water
Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce
2 slices of Swiss cheese

First, I sauteed the mushrooms and onions and set them aside.

Then I mixed flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl which I used to lightly bread the chicken.After breading, I placed them in a 9 x 13 pan and topped each with a dab of Smart Balance margarine. I then layered the chicken with the mushrooms, onions and an ample amount of County Bob’s all Purpose Sauce.

I know that my mom is not alone when I say she doesn't like mushrooms so I decided to see how versatile and adaptable this recipe and Country Bob's really was, so I made my chicken two ways.
With the mushroom version I used the mushrooms and 1 can of mushroom soup with 1/2 can of water.
With the non mushroom version I used 1/2 can of cream of chicken soup mixed with 1/4 can of water.
So next I poured the soup mixture over the top of the meat.
And I popped them the oven at 375 for 1 and ½ hours.
Five minutes before it was done I topped each piece of chicken with a slice of Swiss cheese.
The minute my parents arrived they mentioned how wonderful dinner smelt.
When we sat down to eat I asked my mom, dad, and husband, “What do you taste first?” Both men said they could taste the tangy then the sweet. My mom and I said we could taste the sweet then the tangy. The chicken was tender and juicy, more so than when I hadn’t used Country Bob’s. It also had a distinct flavor all it’s own. The kind that makes you say, “WOW, that’s really tasty, but I can’t figure out what it is.” All I know is that dinner received FOUR thumbs up, even from the toughest of critics. Country Bob, where have you been all of my cooking life? This will definitely become a permanent staple in my home. Thanks Country Bob’s!

Country Bob's has a whole line of products including BBQ sauce and Seasoned salt. If you want to try it out for yourself you can order it from Country Bob's and if you feel lucky Country Bob's has generously offered two of our readers the chance to win 2 bottles each of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce for themselves!

Disclaimer: Country Bob's provided us with a free sample of this product to review, and we were under no obligation to review it if we so chose. Nor were we under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.