There are times when I'm introduced to a business and they really grab a piece of me. Certified Angus Beef, Queen City Sausage, Midwest Best BBQ and a handful of others have introduced me to their brands and created fans for life. Late this summer I was invited to visit the folks at Historic BBQ in Lebanon. 3 words for the visit: Fan. For. Life.
GO Concepts - an IT consulting firm in Lebanon and Tony is an IT Consultant for them as well. As well as being coworkers, they share a love for meat and that love grew into Historic BBQ.
That's another thing - John's wife is a teacher and I think that's engrained in him as well - he was explaining and sharing his knowledge with us on our visit. Then I got inspired by him to try smoking something on my own grill - I texted him for a recommendation - he replied within 30 seconds and walked me through every step. We've since become pretty good Facebook buddies and he is a wealth of information!
The competition team aspect of the business takes them on the road - all over the country - and luckily with an internet job - they're able to do their "day jobs" from their BBQ truck - so it's afforded them the flexibility that makes it all happen.
And for the competition team aspect of it - all you have to do is follow them on Facebook or Instagram to follow their escapades and drool all over their creations. I know I do. (Oh - and they didn't pay me for this - they gave me a plate of meat and some sauce which you're about to see - I just fell in love with the whole group!)
sauces (Original or Spicy) that they have available for sale right now.
This stuff was amazing! I killed every bite of the burnt ends and the brisket - then made a dent in the pulled chicken and pork.
two other products that I HAVE to tell you about. First - their rubs - they have a Black and a Red - the Black is for Beef and Bird and the Red is for Pork and Poultry. (yes - bird in both really) This was super helpful though because when I was working with a brisket - I knew - Black - when I had pork ribs - I knew to go Red. So simple and so delicious. These blends are their own blends and have a lot in them - and all I can say is trust them - it's magic.
Then the Sweet Vinegar Dressing - I quickly went home to try a bite and it's sweet and tangy. The guys recommended it as a cole slaw dressing - the nice thing about this dressing though - NO EGGS! So I made a cole slaw type salad with it and my hubby loved it! Since then I've used the rest of the jar as a marinade for chicken and even a straight-up salad dressing. It's that good and that flexible! I love it!
I'm not usually one to say - go buy this right now - but I will say - GO BUY THESE RIGHT NOW: get yourself a jar of Red, a jar of black and a bottle of the Sweet Vinegar Dressing - it will be money well spent - and you're shopping local and helping local guys do even more in our area. (the jars might be out of stock - you can buy the larger package - but the jars should be fully stocked in the next two weeks)
And if I've sold you - you can have them cater your next event! Which has me thinking about our Christmas party - I mean - we can make that work - right?! And hey - next summer be sure to watch for them at the street fairs in Lebanon - until then - you'll just have to keep an eye on their events page so you can taste for yourself!
They're headed to KC for the American Royal competition right now - so here's hoping they bring home some trophies!