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Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout Drawing

First off, I owe a huge “Thank  you” to the companies who contributed giveaways to Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout — C-Dub’s BBQ Rub, Draper’s BBQ, Willie’s Hog Dust, Uncle Kenny’s BBQ, and Pirate Jonny’s.  Second, I want to thank everyone who entered the contest and made it a huge success!  There were a grand total of 266 entries!!  As much as I would love to give everyone some sort of prize, I only have one bundle.

My first intent was to place a video of the drawing up on YouTube.  However, I ended up having technical difficulties doing so.  So I decided to simply take a picture of the winning entry…

The lucky winner!

The lucky winner!

Congratulations to our winner above!  You have 48 hours to email me at bigwaynerbbq@gmail.com so that I can get your prizes sent out to you.

Thanks again for entering Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout and making this a huge success!  Continue to follow Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog on Twitter and Facebook where I’ll continue to post reviews and other miscellaneous banter.

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Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout!

When was the last time you got a gift for someone else’s birthday?  Well if you are one lucky person, you will be getting quite a BBQ package for my birthday.  My Birthday Blowout BBQ Bundle is worth approximately $35 and consists of the following:

So now I know what you’re asking… how do I enter?  Because I want to give you as many chances as possible to enter, I’m going to offer multiple ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post — 1 entry, can do this daily.
  • Follow me on Twitter — 1 entry.
  • Become a fan of Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog on Facebook — 2 entries.
  • Subscribe to receive email notifications every time a new blog is posted (can be done under “Email Subscriptions”). — 2 entries.
  • Post “Happy early birthday to @brownkw #BigWaynersBirthdayBlowout” on Twitter — 1 entry, can do this daily.

This contest would not be possible without the BBQ rub and sauce companies being generous enough to contribute to the giveaway!  All of the companies have presences on Facebook and/or Twitter.  If you become a fan or follow them and let me k now that you did so, I’ll throw in an additional bonus entry per follow.

This contest will end at 11:59pm EST on Saturday, August 6.  The winner will be determined by a random drawing.  Only US residents are eligible.

Good luck, everyone!

Review: Uncle Kenny’s Mustard BBQ Sauce

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Today’s review is the final in a series of reviews of sauces from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ.  I have been very pleased with his spicy BBQ sauce and his original BBQ sauce.  Rounding out the trio is his mustard-based BBQ sauce.

Mustard-based BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Mustard-based BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

I won’t waste a lot of space introducing the man behind Uncle Kenny’s BBQ, Kenny Nadeau.  He has a very good write-up on how he got his start in BBQ.  With the products he has put out thus far, I’m very thankful he did!

Naked Observations

The first thing I notice before even opening the bottle is the color of the sauce.  The color of the sauce does not contain as much yellow as many mustard-based sauces may contain.  I look at the ingredient list and see that brown sugar is listed as the second ingredient (behind mustard, naturally), so that explains the coloring of the sauce.

The sauce

The sauce

There doesn’t appear to be any specks of pepper present in the sauce.  A closer examination of the sauce disproves that, however.  I was expecting a tangy taste, but instead got a nice blend of mustard, brown sugar, and tomato flavors.  No one flavor profile was overpowering, and the ingredients worked very nicely together!

To the Meat of the Matter

Traditionally, whenever I try out a mustard-based sauce (such as Sam Dog Yellow Dog BBQ Sauce), I like to use chicken as the test meat.  So I went and purchased some boneless, skinless chicken breasts to cook on the grill.  I cooked three chicken breasts — two of them had Draper’s BBQ sauce while the last one used the mustard-based BBQ sauce.  The chicken breasts were similar in coloring when finished.

Grilled Chicken Breasts -- bookend pieces have BBQ sauce from Draper's BBQ, middle piece uses mustard based sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Grilled Chicken Breasts -- bookend pieces have BBQ sauce from Draper's BBQ, middle piece uses mustard based sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

The sauce worked very well with the chicken.  It did not overpower the meat but rather blended in nicely.  I let my wife sample a piece of the chicken using the sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ.  She was not a fan of the sauce, but that does not surprise me since she does not like mustard-based sauces in general.

I must say that you cannot go wrong with this sauce.  While it may not be as rich and bold as the Sam Dog Yellow Dog BBQ sauce, it is a well-balanced sauce that should appeal to most tastes.

Review: Uncle Kenny’s Original BBQ Sauce

For diehards such as myself, BBQ and grilling season runs from January 1st to December 31st.  However, the majority of Americans look to Memorial Day weekend to kick off the official “grilling” season.  Tonight’s offering on the grill was pork chops.  However, I’m not here to talk about the pork chops.  I’m here to talk about the sauce I used on them — Uncle Kenny’s Original BBQ Sauce.

Uncle Kenny's Original BBQ Sauce

Uncle Kenny's Original BBQ Sauce

Let’s rewind back to a couple of months ago when I reviewed Uncle Kenny’s Spicy BBQ Sauce.  As you recall, this sauce was very well received in our home.  Along with the spicy sauce, I also received a bottle of original sauce and a bottle of mustard-based sauce.  I confess that I have not been as quick to publish a review of the original sauce — mostly because of my forgetfulness.  And for that, I apologize.  The original BBQ sauce from Uncle Kenny’s has been a hit here.  I’ve used it on everything from ribs to chicken to burgers to pork chops, which just happens to be today’s meat-du-jour!

Naked Observations

Uncle Kenny’s Original BBQ Sauce is a perfect example of what the majority of people think when they think of BBQ sauce.  It’s very thick with a dark, rich red color and aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and tomato.

A glimpse of sauce

A glimpse of sauce

When I took a taste of the sauce, it confirmed the flavor profiles I expected upon an initial glimpse of the sauce.  It was sweet, but with multiple types of sweetness rather than just high fructose corn syrup.  There was a very little kick of pepper to complement the sweetness of the sauce.  By itself, this sauce works very well with just about anything.  However, the true test lies ahead…

To the Meat of the Matter

Pork chops!  Pork chops!  Pork chops!  My wife finally bought us some pork chops for me to cook on the grill.  A light coating of vegetable oil, a light dusting of Plowboy’s Bovine Bold BBQ rub, and on the grill they go!

Mmmmm pork chop...

Mmmmm pork chop...

So good, it had to be seen twice!

So good, it had to be seen twice!

After approximately fifteen minutes on the grill (using Kingsford charcoal and apple wood chips), I apply a liberal glaze of the sauce to the pork chops.  The chops were moved off of direct heat, and they got cozy with the sauce for between 5 and 7 minutes.

Chops with sauce

Chops with sauce

And on to the plate they went!  Tonight’s pork chops were served with pork and beans (the fifth food group in our household) and butter and herb noodles.  The pork chops were a little bit overcooked, but that was my fault.  The sauce added a very nice, sweet flavor to the meat and did not overtake it at all in terms of taste.

This sauce is definitely a winner!  I can see why Kenny Nadeau (the man behind Uncle Kenny’s BBQ) has won awards with his line of sauces, and this one is no different!

All of the sauces made by Uncle Kenny’s BBQ available for purchase online, and there are a few brick-and-mortar retailers where they are available as well.

Website for Uncle Kenny’s BBQ: http://www.unclekennysbbq.com.

Did Someone Say Ribs?

Let me start this off by saying…  my in-laws rock!  While I had to go in to the office to work this past Saturday, they, along with my wife, worked out in our yard and got it in decent shape.  For all the hard work that they did, I had to pay them back somehow.  And how does someone with a passion for BBQ pay back a favor?  Why, with BBQ, of course!  And luckily for me, the requested meat was ribs!

Now the big question…  baby backs or spares?  After much deliberation, spares won out.  This entailed a trip to my local Sam’s Club and purchasing a three-pack of spare ribs.  I trimmed the ribs down to a St. Louis style cut and then seasoned them three different ways.

The rib racks

The rib racks

I’ll describe the rack preparations starting at the top and rotating clockwise.  I applied lemon juice to the first rack and sprinkled liberal amounts of Willie’s Hog Dust to the rack .  By the way, Willie’s Hog Dust works great on pork butt.  The second rack (the one oriented vertically) was slathered in Uncle Kenny’s Spicy BBQ Sauce and covered liberally with Spicy #13 Rub from Bandiola Spice Company.  This rack was thus dubbed the “Hot Rack”.  The final rack was slathered in Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce and rubbed with Plowboy’s Yard Bird Rub.

The racks were put in the smoker (along with the trimmings from the spare ribs… lesson here: leave no meat behind) to cook at 250 degrees Fahrenheit using Kingsford competition briquettes and oak wood.  After about four hours, the ribs were done.  And they sure looked good!

Ribs are done!

Ribs are done!

Since I used sauces in the rib preparation, I decided to pass on glazing the ribs before pulling them out of the smoker.  As you can see, there is a nice rich deep red color to the ribs.  It was perfectly done, with nice bite marks being left with each bite.  Obviously everyone else agreed, even my wife (who is adamantly opposed to eating meat with bones in it)…

The survivors...

The survivors...

Now I confess I’m a bit of a heat lover.  I think that most every food can benefit from a bit of spice and heat.  While I was pleased with how all the racks turned out, I was especially pleased with the results from my Hot Rack.  The combination of  Bandiola Spice Company’s Spicy #13 Rub and Uncle Kenny’s Spicy BBQ Sauce gave the ribs a sneaky back heat that I really enjoyed!

Hope this inspires you to get out and fire up the cooker this coming weekend and cook those ribs that you’ve been meaning to cook for so long now!

Review: Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ

Tonight was a night of unexpected opportunities. My wife had planned on cooking dinner tonight. However, I was unable to get one of the main ingredients for the planned meal, so those grand plans fell through. She finally suggested that I do the Hot-n-Nasty Burgers that I did earlier this week. Turns out this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ!

Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny's BBQ

Uncle Kenny’s BBQ is based in the Orlando, FL area.  Started by college friends Mike Smith and Kenny Nadeau (the namesake for Uncle Kenny’s BBQ) in 2004, Uncle Kenny’s BBQ caters private events and festivals as well as participates in competitions sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  Kenny and Mike cite their Missouri roots in the flavors that they impart into their BBQ.

A few weeks ago, Kenny reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out his sauces.  We agreed that I would do reviews of his sauces, and about a week later I received a package containing a bottle of each of the sauces — Original, Mustard, and Spicy.  I love food that has a kick to it, so I decided tonight was the night for the Spicy BBQ Sauce.

Naked Observations

With all new sauces and rubs that I try, I always take a sample of it as it stands prior to being used on any food.  I spooned some of the sauce out on to a plate to get a good look at it.

Uncle Kenny's Spicy BBQ Sauce Appearance

Uncle Kenny's Spicy BBQ Sauce Appearance

The sauce is a thick sauce with a tomato and molasses base, which is classic of Kansas City styled sauces.  It has a dark red color with specks of black pepper evenly distributed throughout.

I took a brief smell of the sauce and definitely obtained the molasses and black pepper flavors.  It was not an overly sugary or sweet smell.  Then I took a taste.  I immediately noticed the sweetness from the molasses followed by the spiciness from the black pepper.  As the black pepper flavors hit my palate, the back heat started to come into play.  It was definitely noticeable, yet the heat did not overpower the sauce or throw off the balance of the flavors.  I was very pleased and looking forward to trying it with my meal.

Food Observations

As I mentioned earlier, tonight’s meal ended up being burgers.  I’m not sure if others are like this, but my wife and I enjoy burgers that are basted with BBQ sauce 5-10 minutes prior to coming off the grill.  So tonight’s burgers got basted with the spicy BBQ sauce twice — once 10 minutes prior to being pulled off the grill, and once 5 minutes prior.  The burgers had a nice dark red color from the sauce, and the sauce did not overpower the burgers.  Rather, it worked in harmony with the other flavors in the burger.  I would have taken pictures, but quite frankly… my wife and I were hungry and there was no time!  Based on the way the sauce worked with the burgers, I have a good hunch that it’d work quite nicely with a rack of ribs.

In conclusion… if you like your sauces with some spice and kick, then you will love the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ.  The sauces are all available for purchase online, and there are a few brick-and-mortar retailers where they are available as well.

Website for Uncle Kenny’s BBQ: http://www.unclekennysbbq.com.

UPDATE:

I had some requests for burger porn.  Luckily, I had some leftover burgers from last night.  I reheated them and gave them another dosage of the spicy Uncle Kenny’s BBQ Sauce.  So here you go!

Naked shot!

Naked shot!

All dressed up!

All dressed up!

Inside goodness!

Inside goodness!