Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gettin' Sauced 2012 Bottled Contest Winners!

143 sauces competed in this year's Gettin' Sauced! Bottled Contest. Below are the winners of each of the 7 categories. After the category winners were selected, a new group of judges tasted & scored all 7 category winners. The result was the overall winner, which is also listed below. Congrats to all of the winners!

Tomato (mild): Pemberley Foods Mr. Darcy’s Prized Pig Sauce (Hinsdale, NH) 
Tomato (spicy): Kolander Grubb’s The Ghost (Woodinville, WA) 
Vinegar (mild): Cowboy Joe’s Pit & Grilling Sauce (Austin, TX) 
Vinegar (spicy): Desert Smoke BBQ Sweet & Spicy (Scottsdale, AZ) 
Mustard: Sugar Shack BBQ Gold Rush (Austin, TX) 
Fruit: Pigchaser BBQ Pineapple Mango (Grayslake, IL) 
Miscellaneous: Miss Sassy’s Southern Style Original (Central, SC) 
Overall: Cowboy Joe’s Pit & Grilling Sauce (Austin, TX)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All-Star Sauces!!!

Saturday was the launch of All-Star Sauces, a mail-order club for award-/contest-winning BBQ sauces. Man Up Texas BBQ, LLC, is half of the joint venture behind the program, which is comprised of 6 vendors per year (For 2013, each vendor is from a different state!). Each vendor has at least 1 BBQ sauce that has taken first place in an official contest or that has won a national award. Take a look at the vendors for 2013, our inaugural year.

The program is simple: 2 sauces are shipped to your door every other month (At least 1 of these sauces is a contest/award winner.). That's 6 shipments per year (12 bottles total). We offer 3 subscription plans (each of which includes shipping & handling): Customers can purchase 1 shipment (2 bottles), 3 shipments (6 bottles), or all 6 shipments (12 bottles). Shipments go out in early Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, & Nov. If you wish to receive the next shipment, order by 5 PM Central on the 15th day of the month before each shipment month. So, if you want to receive the January shipment, order by 5 PM Central on December 15. Wanna know more? See the program's Terms & Conditions.

An All-Star Sauces subscription is a great purchase for yourself, your family, and/or your friends! In addition to being a 1-stop shop for multiple award-winning sauces, the program will provide customers with special offers unavailable to the general public. Stay tuned for such deals/discounts.

In the meantime, check out our website, peruse the FAQ page, and contact us if you have any additional questions or are interested in being an All-Star Sauces vendor.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! 2012 People's Choice Contest Top 10

The Gettin' Sauced! People's Choice Contest was comprised of the 33 BBQ sauces that were served by the BBQ/sauce booths at the festival (The Bottled Contest was a contest of 143 sauces sent to us for the blind judging that took place inside the brewery. Totally separate contest.). Attendees submitted People's Choice scorecards, which directed them to rank their top 5. All 33 sauces received votes. Here are the Top 10 (with a picture of the winning sauce):

1. Stellar Gourmet Spicy Mesquite (Austin, TX) 
2. Texas Smokehouse Apple (Houston, TX) 
3. Stellar Gourmet Original Mesquite (Austin, TX) 
4. Woodpile BBQ Homemade (Austin, TX) 
5. Louie Mueller Sweet Jalapeno (Taylor, TX) 
6 (tie). Kickers BBQ Original (Houston, TX) & Curly's Perfect Pig Carolina Mustard (Round Rock, TX) 
8. Black's Barbecue Habanero (Lockhart, TX) 
9. Cowboy Joe's Pit & Grilling Spicy (Austin, TX) 
10. Black's Barbecue Smokey (Lockhart, TX)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! is in the books!

I'll post pics, videos, & contest results a bit later, but today, a word of thanks to everyone who was part of yesterday's 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced! contest/festival. To our sponsors: Thank you. To all of our BBQ and non-BBQ booths: Thank you. To our venue, Hops & Grain: Thank you. To our live-music acts: Thank you. To our contestants: Thank you. To our contest judges: Thank you. To all of our volunteers: Thank you. And to everyone who came out and enjoyed the BBQ, sauce, drinks, vendors, & live music: Thank you. We truly appreciate all of you and thank you for spending your Saturday with us. Cheers to all of you.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Time to get sauced!!!

Pretty cool picture, huh? A couple of creative souls last night here at the house outlined Texas with some bottles of BBQ sauce that were entered in today's Gettin' Sauced! contest & festival. Hope all of you can make it out. Online sales (BBQ-sampling wristbands & VIP passes) last until NOON. After that, you can purchase either/both at the venue. Wristbands are $10. VIP passes are $25. If you don't care to try the BBQ &/or sauce from our 15 BBQ booths, then the event is free. Just walk in and enjoy the live music and drinks. When you can't resist the smell of the BBQ, then head over to the entry of the BBQ Corridor and snag a wristband. Here's a schedule for the event:

2 PM - Wristbands & VIP passes for sale at gate 

2:30 PM - VIP entry 

3 PM - General entry 

3-4 PM - Live music from Sour Bridges 

4:15-5:30 PM - Live music from Anson Carter Band 

Just before the event concludes at 6 PM - Announcement of Bottled Contest winners 

It's Saturday. It's not blazing hot. There's no home football game. It's Austin. It's BBQ. It's craft beer. Just do it!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! BBQ-sampling wristbands!

Tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced! BBQ-sauce contest & festival. If you don't want to taste the BBQ & BBQ sauce, then the event is free. Just stop by and enjoy the booths, live music, and cold refreshments from Hops & Grain. However, if you want to try the BBQ and/or sauce from our 15 food/sauce booths, you have to have a BBQ-sampling wristband. At the entry gate & at the entry to the BBQ corridor (where the booths are lined up), you can pay $10 cash for a wristband. So, if you don't want to wait at the entry, just come on in and head to the back of the festival, where the BBQ corridor is located. You can purchase a wristband there. You must present a valid wristband to enter the corridor. UNTIL NOON TOMORROW, you can purchase a wristband for $8 via Eventbrite (Same goes for our $25 VIP pass). If you do so, your name will be on our will-call list at the entry gate. There will be a will-call table. Just walk up, present a valid photo ID or your Eventbrite confirmation, and we'll slap a wristband on you. Hope to see you tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! t-shirts!!!

Pardon the wrinkles. They came like that. Like our pint glasses and koozies, you can purchase this year's official Gettin' Sauced! t-shirt at the event on Saturday. After the event, we will sell them via

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gettin' Sauced music lineup!!!

I'm excited to announce the live-music lineup for this Saturday's 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced! Two acts. Both Texan. Kicking things off will be Austin's very own Sour Bridges, which played at last year's event, followed by the Anson Carter Band. Look them up on their websites, Facebook, MySpace, & YouTube, & be sure to snag some of their merchandise at the event!

SOUR BRIDGES (pictured top): 3-4 PM


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! contest trophies!!!

Picked up the trophies for this Saturday's Gettin' Sauced! BBQ-sauce contest: 1 for the overall winner of the Bottled Contest & 1 for the winner of the People's Choice Contest. These winners, along with the Bottled Contest's category winners will get a writeup in next year's BBQ issue of Taste of the South magazine. In addition, all winners are eligible for All-Star Sauces, the mail-order club for award-winning BBQ sauces that we are launching later this week!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

All-Star Sauces trucker hats!!!

In a few days, we will announce the launch of All-Star Sauces, a mail-order program for award-winning BBQ sauces. The official launch of the program will be one week today at our Gettin' Sauced! festival. At the event, you will be able to place an order. Everyone who signs up for the program will take home one of those oh-so-nice All-Star Sauces trucker hats!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gettin' Sauced! pint glasses!

Our Gettin' Sauced! pint glasses have arrived! We'll have them for sale at the festival next Saturday. They are also included in our VIP package.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gearin' up for Gettin' Sauced!

On October 27, barbecue enthusiasts of all ages are invited to get their fix of barbecue sauce, local craft beer and live music at Man Up Texas BBQ’s 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced! festival, presented by Taste of the South magazine and hosted by Hops & Grain Brewing.

The event will feature a contest of 150 sauces from the U.S., Canada, and Australia, samples of barbecue and barbecue sauce from more than a dozen vendors, local craft beer from Hops & Grain Brewing, live music by Anson Carter and Austin-based Sour Bridges, door prizes and more. 

Event entry is free, though sampling the barbecue and barbecue sauce will require a barbecue wristband, with both general admission tickets ($8 online and $10 at the gate) and VIP packages ($25 online and at the gate) available. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels and More

VIP packages include entry to the event 30 minutes before general admission, a Gettin’ Sauced! pint glass, a Gettin’ Sauced! koozie, The Q Card, a one-year subscription to Taste of the South magazine, a Taste of the South koozie, & more. Visit the Gettin' Sauced! website for complete details.

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 3-6 p.m. (2:30 entry for VIP-package holders) 

WHERE: Hops & Grain Brewing, 507 Calles Street, Austin, TX 78702

Official website:
Direct link to BBQ-sampling wristbands & VIP passes:
Twitter: @gettinsauced

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The rest from Cooper's (Llano, TX)

Rest of the pictures from Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano, TX), the 2nd stop of our August 25 Texas Q Tours BBQ bus: