Thursday, June 19, 2008

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

I was recently contacted by Al from Country Bob's asking me if I would be willing to try their All Purpose Sauce. I jumped at the chance. I have a son here who loves to season everything he eats with all kinds of spices and sauces. I knew he would be especially interested in the Spicy version of the sauce.

Within days I received a box containing two bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, and a bottle of the Country Bob's Spicy All Purpose Sauce, as well as a brochure with information about the company and the sauce and several recipes. Cory was very excited to try it and had to open the Spicy sauce right away to taste it. At first taste, it didn't seem all that spicy, but the heat kind of sneaks up on you.

Both the regular and the spicy sauces have a really nice flavor. What's special about the Country Bob's sauce is that it's made with all natural ingredients. I sat down and compared the ingredients with another bottle of sauce we already had around here. I could pronounce all the ingredients on the Country Bob's label!

Last week I grilled chicken breasts on my George Foreman grill for my guys, and they both used the Country Bob's sauce - poured it on, dipped it in - regular for Jeffrey and Spicy for Cory. They both really liked it, and Cory was wanting another one of those chicken breasts a couple days later. He has also been trying the sauce on everything he can think of. He has decided that he doesn't like it in his Ramen Noodles, but so far he likes it on just about everything else.

I had to try one of the recipes included in the brochure:
Country Bob's Meatloaf

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean hamburger
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 12 crushed saltine crackers
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp Country Bob's Seasoning Salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce (or may substitute Spicy Hot)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
Directions: Mix all ingredients together, place in baking dish, shape in loaf, pour a little more Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce on top and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
I changed it a little - because when I got it all mixed, it just seemed too gushy to form into a loaf. Now that I look at this recipe, I see that the online version calls for 1/2 cup flour, and that ingredient was missing from my printed recipe. That probably would have made a difference! What I did was add more crushed crackers (for a total of 30, or 1 cup) and 1 cup of oatmeal. Also, I didn't have the Country Bob's seasoned salt, so I used the seasoned salt I already had, but cut it down to only 1-1/2 tsp. The end result was yummy, and I know some guys who will be wanting me to make it again. There are all kinds of recipes available on the Country Bob's website, so it may be a while before I try the meatloaf again. After all, with so many recipes to try, I can't be expected to make the same thing again, can I?

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce is made by a small company in Centralia, IL - I looked it up, and it's about 85 miles from where I grew up. In 1968 Country Bob Edson perfected the 'sauce of his dreams' and spent years making it and giving it away to friends and family. He began selling it in 1977, and in 1982 Country Bob, Inc. was formed. You can read the history of Country Bob's here.

If you'd like to try Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, visit their website and request a coupon for a free bottle. Then come back and let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. John loves BBQ sauce and we all love meatloaf here. I've never put BBQ sauce in it before, but I am definitely going to try it.


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