CONTEST: Who loves BBQ Sauce???


I do! I do! I do! Who loves supporting local companies and businesses??? I do!

So with that said, I am pleased to bring you my first ever contest. Woohoo!!!  On top of that, what better thing to kick off the first contest with than some of the most amazing BBQ Sauce ever!

I’m so in love with Tay’s BBQ Sauce that I would like to give you two bottles of it. One is their “Sweet and Smoky”, and the other is their “All Purpose”. I think they both should be labeled all purpose because I use them each on everything! Below are a couple of links for you to check out two posts I’ve already written about this culinary delight called Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Sauce Makes Life Sexier

Quick and Easy Dinner Alert!

Gosh I love this stuff!

A little tidbit from Tay’s website…“Tay’s Sauce, LLC was created by Doug Hankins and his daughter, Taylor, from Cameron, NC. One year, they made BBQ sauce as Christmas gifts for their family and friends. Everyone loved the sauce, and it became a common request for them to make more. They were encouraged to bottle and sell their sauce, so in the spring of 2009, the “All Purpose Southern BBQ Sauce” was made available for purchase. After the all-purpose sauce took off, people started requesting a sweeter and smokier flavor. After months of trying to find just the right flavor combination, Doug introduced the “Sweet ‘N Smokey” flavor in the spring of 2011. We know that you will love this sauce just as much as their friends and family do. Doug and Taylor discussed that a percentage of all proceeds will go to their home church.”


How to Enter:

The only thing you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below that tells me why you love BBQ Sauce.

***For extra entries***(once you complete each one, comment below and let me know you did it)

Good luck everyone, and I am so incredibly excited to share Tay’s with you!


Contest ends Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 11:59pm ET. 

Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The NC BBQ Company…some of the best letters ever combined together!


Just take a second and review the below company seal…what all do you see?

Every little detail screams North Carolina and BBQ! Just love it!

While I was sick in the middle of December last year, I was laid up at home on the computer…A LOT! I entered a FB contest to win some BBQ during that time from The North Carolina Barbecue Company and won! Woohoo! Below is how they announced the winner of their contest….(how clever!)

I went by and picked up my BBQ a couple of weeks ago, and my oh my. It was quite the great experience. I got to meet with one of the owners, Ryan, and discuss BBQ. We talked a lot about their business plans coming up, and how I might be able to participate in some other things BBQ. Let’s get to the nitty gritty though and discuss what I won…

A Battle Box….you know (well you might not if you’re not from around these parts) that old battle between Eastern and Piedmont BBQ? Well, this perfect little package lets you judge for yourself in one convenient box, with super easy to prepare packaging (the BBQ comes in boil bags! *perfection*).  It contains BBQ, slaw, and sauce for both Piedmont and Eastern styles (and a mini Texas Pete – perfection). If you’re not too familiar with the differences…Eastern sauce is more vinegary and Piedmont is thicker and sweeter normally. Eastern slaw is mayonnaise based, and Piedmont slaw is marinated. Eastern BBQ is the whole hog, and Piedmont BBQ is traditionally the shoulders. Understand a little better now? *smiles*

I'll take a bite of everything!

I had my family over for dinner that night I picked up the Battle Box, and we had a very tasty dinner full of BBQ! The Eastern had everything I love in it….big meaty chunks of pork. The Piedmont was more chopped, as you would expect shoulders to be done. Even though they both were amazingly flavored, we had a mixed table that night. I, myself, loved the Eastern style BBQ. The sauces were pretty similar and both were quite tasty. Now…the slaw…in LOVE with the Piedmont marinated slaw. *huge smiles* Nothing better to go with delicious BBQ than marinated slaw in my book.

If you want to have your own Battle Royale of BBQ then you can order your own Battle Box by clicking here. Five of us ate off the small Battle Box that I had won…not including leftovers for about three more sandwiches.

Food for thought: Ryan made a good point when I was talking with him…BBQ establishments are good wholesome family places. They are all deeply rooted in family and religion, and you never see a BBQ restaurant that serves alcohol around here. So go check out your local BBQ joint, or order you your own Battle Box….or, hey, if you’re blessed with the BBQ gene, get to making your own (but don’t forget to call me over)!

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Quick and Easy Dinner ALERT!


This simple and delicious recipe doesn’t need much introduction. You all know by now how much I love Tay’s BBQ Sauce, and I love supporting good local people and products. So, of course I used Tay’s with this recipe. However, feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce. And, if you need or want to try some Tay’s, I’ll direct you how to obtain a bottle….just let me know! *smiles*

BBQ Cornbread Goodness

  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Tay’s BBQ Sauce (or your favorite)
  • 1 box corn muffin/cornbread mix (and ingredients needed for the preparation of your chosen mix)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper


  1. Place chicken breasts and BBQ sauce in your crockpot, and cook for 10 or so hours. This works out perfect for me since I work 10-hour days.
  2. When ready for dinner, dice the pepper into small pieces.
  3. Mix up the corn muffin/cornbread mix according to directions on package, and mix in the diced pepper.
  4. Pour mix into baking dish and bake according to package directions.
  5. While baking the cornbread, reach your tongs into the crock pot and begin to pull apart the chicken so it shreds. This way you can get all of the juicy goodness of the sauce on every savory morsel of chicken before serving. Yum!
  6. When serving, place a square of cornbread on the bottom, and place a decent portion of the chicken on top.


BBQ sauce makes life sexier…


There’s so much to be said about BBQ here in North Carolina. Soooooooo very much. The main thing is the East and West battle of the sauces. One is more vinegar based, one is more tomato based. And, you know what? That’s fine and dandy with me. I can appreciate the beauty in both styles. Sometimes you want to lick it off your fingers, sometimes you want to sop your cornbread in it or add it to slaw. What’s most beautiful is when you find a sauce that can take care of you both ways. Simply said…yum!

I recently met back up with a childhood friend of mine. You know the type of childhood friend where it’s been around 20 years since you’ve seen them – dang that makes me feel old! Regardless of how old it made me feel, there was one huge plus that came out of the meeting – besides finding the male version of me…I know, scary for the world – a new BBQ sauce to try!!! *smiles*

Allow me to introduce you to Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce – Voted #1 in the Mild BBQ Sauce category at the 2010 NC Hot Sauce Contest. Fourth place at the 2010 National Best of the Best BBQ Sauce Competition in the Tomato Mild category.

But, don’t take it from the judges. Take it from me! My readers, of all people, know I love to support local farmers and businesses with truly good products because goodness really does grow in NC. From Tay’s site – Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

How could you not support your local folks that make your mouth water with anticipation of the goodness in their bottles behind their labels??? Luckily for me, Tay’s makes it easy. Their BBQ sauce was sexy smooth on the palate and the perfect blend of Eastern and Western NC. Since I’m new to Tay’s, I’ve only eaten it on one thing so far…Salmon. But, I’m looking forward to having it on chicken, ribs, pork chops, pulled pork, etc. Oh yeah, I may not have eaten my finger off, but I did lick a bit off of it (this is the sexy part of it – a good food is measured by how finger-licking good it is). Doesn’t that count for something? Although, I must be careful, because I have been told Tay’s is not responsible for missing fingers if I so choose to get their BBQ sauce on one and begin to chow down. *smiles*

You can visit Tay’s site by clicking here.

Once more, you can’t go wrong with a sauce that has this on the label…….. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

Good stuff….Good people….Good sauce….

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