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Country Bob’s sauce review + giveaway

April 22nd, 2009 · 25 Comments · product reviews

Hi bloggies – how has this hump day been for you? Mine was very busy but we did get a glimpse of the sun for the first half of the day, so I got a 5+ mile run in. Yay! Makes the whole day that much better!! I am really loving my runs lately ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyways, let’s cut the small talk, ha. Tonight I wanted to finally write about Country Bob’s all purpose sauce and my experience with it.

(from their website) Country Bobโ€™s All Purpose Sauce is in a class by itself. It is more than a steak sauce, because of its unique flavor and the variety of uses. You can grill, cook, and marinate with it, or put it in your soups, stews, baked beans, and your other favorite dishes.

Use Country Bob’s all purpose sauce on: steak, chicken, barbeque, fries, hamburger, fish and so much more!

Country Bob's all purpose sauce

label closeup

It seems to have been all over the blog world, so if you haven’t tried it yourself, you probably have seen it being used in many ways. I received mine in early February, and because I’m a procrastinator I wanted to give you a really thorough review of the sauce, I’ve been trying it in all sorts of ways for nearly 3 months!ย  Let’s see what I thought…

Taste #1: marinaded turkey tips

The day after receiving the sauce, I went over my parents’ house and brought them a bottle. We were hanging out there for a while until dinner time was fast approaching. My parents are not meal planners, so of course there was nothing on the menu. Everything they offered did not sound healthy at all, so I quickly brainstormed and came up with a quick salad with turkey tips they had on hand. I figured this was the perfect way to test drive the sauce, so I cut up some turkey tips and let them marinade until I was starving.

salad with chicken marinated in Country Bob's sauce

marinated chicken closeup

This salad was pathetic! I felt like I was being punished, eating my healthy food. I used cabbage instead of salad greens (all my parents had on hand) which made for a bitter base. Unfortunately, the turkey tips didn’t save the day either. The sauce flavor was extremely mild. Perhaps I should have marinaded them longer?

Taste #2: pulled chicken

pulled chicken sandwich with grape tomatoes and corn on the cob

pulled chicken in Country Bob's sauce closeup

This was much better than attempt #1! This time I cooked the chicken the way I normally would, and then mixed it in with the sauce right before making this little sammie. The sandwich was delicious, but I wasn’t in love with the sauce yet. Barbeque sauces seem to be quite strong, and this (as I realized later) is not really a barbeque sauce. They’re different animals (although it looks like Country Bob’s sell bbq sauce as well).

Taste #3: baked tofu

salad with baked tofu, carrots, grape tomatoes and hummus

baked tofu closeup

Now we’re getting somewhere! I cut up the tofu and spread it on the baking sheet. Then I brushed it with some Country Bob’s all purpose sauce. After baking it for 20 minutes, I turned the tofu on the other side, brushed it with some more sauce and baked it for another 10 minutes or so. The sauce really caramelized… it made the tofu so sweet! This was a fun way to “dress up” the tofu without marinading it for a long time. Yum!

Taste #4: turkey burgers


This picture is not attractive, but this turkey burger was fantastic!!!!! I added 1T of the sauce per quarter pound of ground lean turkey, added some S&P and that’s it. It was so incredibly flavorful. I could not believe it… and not to mention, SO juicy. The sauce had absolutely everything to do with it. Best turkey burger I’ve made to date! In fact my husband even emailed me mid-day telling me how much he loved his turkey cheeseburger. I think this is truly the best use of the sauce.

Taste #5: sweet potato fries


Yeah, I thought I just wanted a few fries, but I definitely went back for more. These things are addictive with this sweet sauce around. I drizzled the sauce all over the sweet potatoes before baking. Just like with the tofu, the sauce really caramelized on top of the fries. The fries tasted like dessert.. and we all know how much I love dessert ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall, I think the sauce is great! It’s all natural (no junk ingredients in there) which is something that’s very important to me. The more I tasted it, the more versatile it seemed. I think it really brought out the true flavors of the ingredients (sweet potatoes seemed sweeter, turkey seemed juicier and more flavorful). You may want to play with it and find your favorite way to use it. Want to try the sauce? Here is your chance to win 2 bottles! Here are the rules to enter (3 chances to win):

1) Comment on this post from now until Wednesday, April 29th at 6pm EST.ย  Please leave only 1 comment on this post to be fair.

2) If you have a blog, let others know about the giveaway and link back to this post.ย  If you donโ€™t have a blog, shoot me an email at and mention this giveaway. I’d love to know how you’d use the sauce if you won.

3) If you have a blog, add Healthy and Sane to your blogroll.ย  If you donโ€™t, shoot me another email and give me some feedback on my blog. I’ve been changing things up a bit (well temporarily). Do you love it/ hate it? Anything else you want me to know?

Iโ€™ll have a random drawing from all the entries, and will announce the winner next Wednesday night :) Good luck!

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