May 27, 2013

National BBQ Day

“Whenever I travel to the South, the first thing I do is visit the best barbecue place between the airport and my hotel. An hour or two later I visit the best barbecue place between my hotel and dinner.” - Jeffrey Steingarten, "The Man Who Ate Everything"

It's National BBQ Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on Memorial Day each year.)

Sponsored byStubb's

It's important to focus on what today really is: Memorial Day, a time to remember those who fought and died in the armed forces to protect our freedoms. For many people, though, today also signifies the unofficial start of summer and BBQ season. As a result, today has been dubbed "National BBQ Day" (and May is National BBQ Month, too, so really - you have no excuse not to celebrate!).

I'm enjoying today with delicious homemade veggie burgers made from soy beef and onion, stuffed with Stilton, and topped with watercress. What really rounded out the flavor was the Stubb's "Sweet Heat" BBQ Sauce which was a mouthwatering combination of molasses, brown sugar, and chipotle peppers which really packed an unexpected (but delicious) punch at the end. I'm excited to try it on some baked sweet potato fries topped with cheddar.

Annnnnnnnnnnd now I need to clean the drool off my keyboard.

Stubb's Legendary BBQ creates small batch sauces, rubs, and marinades; and, they're the industry leader among small batch sauces. Stubb’s products are all-natural, certified gluten-free, many are vegan, and all of them are free of high fructose corn syrup. The company was started by C.B. Stubblefield - a.k.a. "Stubb" - who began cooking as a mess sergeant in the US Army. In 1968, after a tour in Korea, he moved to Lubbock, Texas and started a BBQ restaurant. He moved the restaurant to Austin in the eighties, and with him brought his loyal fan base which included celebrities, presidents, and musicians. Soon after, he started hand-bottling his legendary sauce which became very popular very fast. Stubb's appeared on the David Letterman show and when asked what made his sauce so good, he responded: “love and happiness.”

How can you not appreciate that kind of honesty and simplicity?

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy National BBQ Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.