Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Make Great BBQ Without All The Work!

I love BBQ! There's nothing like pork, smoked and pulled, then drenched in rich tangy sauce. It's hard to find good BBQ, even in a restaurant. I've made it at home and I've ordered it from different places, I just never tried BBQ that I could buy from a grocery store. Until recently! I was sent a package of Byron's BBQ to try. Boy was it good! I opened the box and baked the BBQ in the oven until it was hot! I served it on buns, because I had some on hand. Most of the pork was shredded, but there were a few larger chunks of pork, which I liked! The sauce was mild and sweet, just the way I like it and it left a hint of heat on my tongue. That's why they make iced tea! I will definitely order more when I am in the mood for some really good BBQ!

When feeding a crowd, nothing is more convenient than warming up a tray of sweet and spicy barbecue and creating a build-your-own sandwich bar. Favorite toppings such as coleslaw, tomatoes, lettuce, baked beans and even spicy cheese can help guests make their meals personal!

And barbecue isn’t just for buns anymore. It can be stuffed in a pita, layered in a glass with other barbecue toppings, or even tucked into flaky dough, for a tasty empanada. Byron’s BBQ, available at Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club nationwide, comes fully cooked and is the perfect way to enjoy BBQ without slaving over a smoker. It can be warmed on the grill, in the oven or even in a crock pot for an easy, entertaining solution.

“Barbecue is more simple and delicious than ever before,” says Byron Shefchik, Senior Marketing Manager of Byron’s BBQ. “Barbecue lovers everywhere are being creative with their summer entertaining ideas, and ready-made products like Byron’s BBQ make incorporating barbecue into a variety of recipes simple.”

Because Byron’s BBQ is hand pulled and hickory smoked for hours it is a high-quality recipe ingredient. It comes packaged in a grill-friendly aluminum tray or microwave dish, leaving time for the host to enjoy the gathering instead of tending to the main dish.

But, you don’t have to serve traditional pulled pork to enjoy the go-to summer flavor. Barbecue sauce alone can spice up quick-meal favorites, such as meatballs or sandwiches. For smaller gatherings or family meals, meatballs prepared with a delicious, smoky barbecue sauce have all of the comforting flavor and mouthwatering taste of BBQ, but are even more convenient.

With a variety of tastes to choose from, selecting the sauce might be the hardest part of preparing a BBQ-flavored meatball entree. Sonny’s Authentic Bar-B-Q Sauces range from Sweet and Mild to Sizzlin’ Sweet and Smokin’ to even Honey Mustard. For quick and easy servings, start with high-quality, precooked meatballs, such as Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, toss them in a crock pot with your favorite Sonny’s sauce and walk away! The Asian-inspired meatball dish below is just one way to enjoy summer flavors and barbecue tastes together. For more inspiring barbecue dishes, visit  or  .

Asian Meatballs

Serves 8

1 bottle (8 ounces) Sonny’s Authentic Sizzlin’ Sweet Bar-B-Q Sauce

1 can crushed pineapple, with juice

1 ½ teaspoons sugar

1 pound frozen, fully cooked Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine barbecue sauce, pineapple and sugar. Place meatballs in a deep, 8x8-inch baking dish and pour sauce mixture over top. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly. Serve over hot cooked rice and garnish with crunchy chow mein noodles. Alternatively, place meatballs in a slow cooker prepared with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon sauce mixture over meatballs. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3 hours.

Layered BBQ Salad

Serves 8

3 cups Byron’s Fully Cooked Pork BBQ, warmed according to package directions

1 can baked beans

2 cups colorful coleslaw

1 bag (10 ounces) frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

2 cups green bell pepper, diced

Pickled okra for garnish

Heat baked beans on the stove on medium heat until warm (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Layer bottom of a serving dish with the heated baked beans, followed by an even layer of corn kernels and then a layer of green bell peppers. Place an even layer of BBQ on top of the bell peppers, followed by the coleslaw. Place pickled okra on top for garnish.

Disclosure: I was sent a pan of BBQ in order to complete my review. No monetary compensation received.

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