Monday, October 22, 2012

Stubb's BBQ: Review and Giveaway

When C. B. Stubblefield established his legendary Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Texas I was just a babe.  I don't mean that I was "a babe" as in "new to the BBQ world".  I mean that I wearing diapers.  

His BBQ and blues joint's reputation grew.  In the early days, he was bottling his BBQ sauce in whiskey bottles corked with jalapenos.   Eventually, Dave Letterman got a hold of Stubbs BBQ sauce from a guest on his show and subsequently had Stubblefield as a guest himself.  You can imagine how demand took off from there.

I recently was given a chance to sample Stubb's BBQ products and I didn't know what to expect.  When I think of Texas barbecue, I think beef, old-school, and no nonsense.   I didn't expect much in the way of options so I was surprised when standing in the BBQ section at Kroger, there were sauces, marinades, and basting sauces.  I decided on getting the original BBQ sauce that started it all, Stubb's chicken marinade, and his baste.



To test them out, I smoked some chicken thighs for pulled chicken and a rack of beef back ribs.



Stubb's Chicken Marinade
Straight out of the bottle, the marinade has a sweet and zesty kick with a citrus fragrance.  You could see it was full of herbs and spices.  I had big expectations for this.  I used it on 3 1/2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs as directed (as a marinade and baste).  No other seasonings were used.

See all of the herbs and spices?

I high temp smoked them at 325f with some mesquite chunks tossed in with the coal.  When the thighs hit an internal temperature of 180f, I removed them and shredded the meat with two forks.  I tossed that with Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q sauce and used that to make simple chicken sandwiches with some Ranchero Grillin' Beans.  



Tasting the chicken before adding the BBQ sauce, it was good but I was a little disappointed that the powerful flavors of the marinade didn't seem to carry through to the chicken. It was present, just muted a bit.  Next time I would go for a marinade of 4-6 hours since I did the minimum recommended marinade time.  I think this would also be good on grilled chicken.  Once I added the BBQ sauce, it was good and had the tang I was missing.

Stubb's Moppin' Sauce Bar-B-Q Baste
We really liked this one. Straight out of the bottle, POW the pungency of this just assaults your mouth.  You can see it is vibrant and loaded with pepper, spices, and herbs.  It is very tangy.  There is something I can't quite place, maybe celery seed, that brought it all together for me. 



I only seasoned the beef ribs with salt and pepper and smoked them at the same time as the chicken.  I basted them three times during the 2 hours.  Since they were higher up in the grill on the raised rack, they were probably cooking closed to 350f. 



The color was almost gaudy because it is so red and it went on thicker than I expected.  After the first mop, I was afraid it might even burn.  No worries, it cooked on flawlessly with the deep rich brown you expect from beef.  


Without the Stubbs Bar-B-Q sauce added yet, these were freaking fantastic.  Delightfully tangy and spicy, they made my mouth water.  Alexis said they were some of the best we have done lately.  I will absolutely be using this Bar-B-Q Baste again for beef ribs, brisket, or clod.  It says you can use it for chicken or pork too but it is so strong, I'd be tempted to thin it down a little with some beer.  

Stubb's Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
This leans more towards the old school sauces - tomato, vinegar, black pepper and little else.  It is meant to compliment the meat, not hide it.   Straight out of the bottle, it's kind of "meh".  It doesn't load you up with sugars or hammer you with a signature note like chipotle, roasted garlic, or honey.  It wasn't bad but we weren't crazy about it either.  I wasn't expecting much.


Here is a direct quote from my notes yesterday:  "Put some of the sauce on and it was crazy good, making me salivate.  Combined very well with the baste flavors".  I was very surprised how it really enhanced the ribs that I already thought were great.  It was one of those 1+1=more than 2 things.  
Giveaway
Now the fun part.  Stubb's BBQ gave me some Sutbb's BBQ love to share.  They gave me a set of 3 coupons for free products to give to one lucky reader. 

Just leave a comment below telling which three Stubb's BBQ products [click for link] you might try if you win. 

The giveaway runs through Friday 11:59pm 10/26. 

Winner Announcement:  
The random draw winner was the following post:
Ohhhh Stubbs! I'd try the original sauce (gotta try what started it all!) Sweet Heat and the chicken marinade.Mmmmmm...

Thank you for offering this chance to win some Stubbs!!!!!

zanc*****@*******.net

40 comments:

  1. You were "just a babe..."...as in "Yeah, I'm hot, I'm cool, I've got it goin' on!" That's what you really meant, right? I LOVE Stubbs sauces - haven't tried the Moppin' sauce yet so I'll pick me up a bottle on my next trip to the store. You do realize your blog is affecting my bottom line, right? And by bottom I don't mean the one I'm parked on. I read your blog, buy the stuff you recommend, and one day I'll be living under a bridge! It's the Trickle Down Theory in reverse. Thanks.

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  2. Oo the Sweat Heat, Moppin' Sauce and Texas Butter Injectable would be great with some chicken on the grill before it gets too cold here in Chicago.

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  3. I think I would try the basting sauce!

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  4. You sure make ribs look mouth watering!

    I would try the original, the sweet heat, and the pork rub.

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  5. I guess I have to choose, can't say I want them all ...even though I do...
    I definitely have to try the sweet heat on some pork or ribs
    Texas butter injector, cause who doesn't love to inject flavour into meat?
    AND HAVE GOT TO TRY the Hickory liquid smoke, cause sometimes I just can't fire up the smoker.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  6. Have to try Sweet Heat on some pork or ribs,
    texas butter cause I love injecting
    and hickory liquid smoke cause I can't always fire up the smoker!
    Thanks for the opportunity

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  7. My husband and I have been using Stubb's Original for awhile...yum! I have never tried Sweet Heat...making my mouth water!

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  8. I would love to try their bbq sauces, original smokey mesquite and hickory bourbon..I would make my famous tater salad, some green beans and ham, a texas sheet cake with pecans on it..smasked spuds, cornbread with tiny jalapenos in it done in a cast iron skillet..we are having rain and more rain, snow in the mountains, almost 200 days of it started the first week of October..I need some good q and some fixins so not to be depressed.. Iwould marinade the chicking in the hicory bourbon overnight and the ribs, I would dry rub them first, then slather them with the smoky mesquite for overnight, get the bbq ready and slowly bbq them while I make the rest of the fixins, of course this would be outside while it storms, inside our tiny home all my family and friends would be having some sweet tea, and some fake back eyed pea caviar with some cornbread to start us off right, no more depression good old fashioned goodenss from the heart of my hearts, yummmmm! from mary jane s. at momanddad00@clear.net in the pacific northwest freezing in the rain and snow in the high country!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. LOVE their BBQ sauce. I think I would have to try the wing sauce, moppin sauce and steak spice rub.

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  10. I'm so glad you did this post. I was a "guest judge" for a BBQ contest in Cullman a few weeks ago and I got a coupon for a free Stubbs product. The Honey Pecan BBQ sauce caught my eye - I'd have to give that one a whirl.

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  11. ooooh, everything looks so mouthwatering! i'd try their moppin' sauce!

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  12. the stubbs with burbon and then the bacon bbq rub are great

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  13. Good golly. My mouth is watering at those beef ribs. I want to try that mop sauce! I've used their spicy sauce before on wings and pork ribs and really liked it. Seems like there's always a bottle in the fridge. Great post!

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  14. We would love to try the Hickory Bourbon, Sweet heat, and Honey Pecan!!

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  15. Ohhhh Stubbs! I'd try the original sauce (gotta try what started it all!) Sweet Heat and the chicken marinade.Mmmmmm...

    Thank you for offering this chance to win some Stubbs!!!!!

    zanc@att.net

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  16. Well, I'm thinkin the Mesquite, the Honey Pecan and the Sweet Heat. And may I mention that your photos are some of the best ever. Love those two shots...one of the blurry bottle in the background and ribs in focus and then the bottle in focus with the ribs blurry. Someday I'll learn how to use my camera....... and grill.

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  17. I love Stubbs! The quote on the bottle makes me smile: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm a cook". The only Stubbs sauce I've ever tried is the original barbecue, so I'd probably go for the chicken marinade and see how that is.

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  18. I've used the BBQ and the chicken marinade - so I'd be most excited to try the moppin' sauce. Plus it would give me a reason to cook some beef ribs or brisket!

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  19. I'd love to try the spicy and the Sweet Heat Barbecue sauces and the Moppin' sauce.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  20. I've used Stubb's Original and Spicy BBQ sauces many times over the years - sometimes adding some chilies de arbol for more heat - but never the BBQ Moppin' and Basting Sauce. We've always smoked ribs with dry rub; after your post here, I'd love to give that Moppin' Sauce a try with a rack of beef ribs (as you did), or brisket.

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  21. I'd try the Honey Pecan sauce !

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  22. I feel like maybe my boyfriend uses Stubb's which is why I recognize the bottle...hmm. The face on it just looks so familiar!

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  23. I've had the original bbq sauce before, so I would definitely want to try the mopping sauce! And, as always, everything looks amazing!!

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  24. Your ribs look awesome and meatier than I can usually find - I need to try hot smoking some. What temp did you pull them at. Since I'm not much of a sauce user and based upon your findings, I'd go with the Mopping Sauce, the Texas Steakhouse, and the Green Chili Marinade.

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  25. Stubb's Moppin' Sauce Bar-B-Q Baste Because I'm probably getting a smoker in the near future and want to try it on some ribs!

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  26. i want to try the Original BBQ

    uclangel422 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Up here in WA state it has started to get cold and damp, I would want to try the Spicy, and Sweet Heat sauces to warm up. Alos, I'd like to give the Chipotle Butter a go.

    Chris, thanks for all of the great posts and ideas...

    Regards,

    Al Skidmore
    timbermanas@hotmail.com

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  28. Moppin's Sauce
    Beef Marinade
    Chicken Marinade

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  29. I would like to try the chicken marinade for sure!

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  30. Really good, thorough review, Chris. I'm a fan of Stubbs Original for what it is. :) And his story, and you told it well, is classic Americana!

    I've not tried the Baste yet, but the Original is just as you say.

    Also, I clicked through your link to StubbsBBQ.com and was surprised at how many products they have - most of which aren't available here in Maryland yet.

    I know you'll make 3 lucky readers happy!

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  31. I've got a lot of chicken to go through this month, so I'd love to see how that Chicken marinade would go over.. and that baste sounds fantastic!

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  32. original i would say thanks for the nice review! FOOZER69

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  33. We use Stubbs products quit regularly. We use the beef marinade for brisket and the pork marinade when we wrap our meats in foil. I would use the beef and pork marinade and would like to try the spicy barbeque sauce.

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  34. I would love to try the original! Those ribs look amazing, Chris! Your are getting better and better :)

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  35. I would like the chicken marinade and the spicy and sweet along with the marinade for ribs...

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  36. I've never heard of Stubbs, but it looks delicious with your ribs! Spicy, Smokey Mesquite, and Hickory Bourbon sound good to me.

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  37. I've used the original on ribs before but would like to try the Green Chili marinade on chicken or inject a turkey with the Chipotle or Texas butter.

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  38. yummm these look good. I'd try the sweet heat

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  39. Well I guess I'm too late on the giveaway, but that's ok as I've tried them all. That is what I used when I started 'queing and I've got a bottle of the regular in my fridge at all times. Getting harder to find their rub, lately, though.

    Haven't used the basting sauce in years. Guess I need to pick up some of that and refresh my memory. Might pick up some of their wing sauce as well while I'm at it.

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  40. The Stubbs Marinades are very god. I love this!

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