Free Stuff: Barbecue Sauce Kits From MUG Root Beer

Posted by Aaron on June 18, 2009

Mug Root BeerJust in time for Father’s Day (well close enough anyway) we have another giveaway for you. If your dad (or yourself, we’re not really discriminating here) has ever wanted to make his own barbecue sauce, but never knows where to start we have a treat for you. MUG Root Beer generously gave us one of their kits to test out. They are also letting us give you, our loyal readers, 10 barbecue sauce kits for Father’s Day gifts (to be used later since I’m late). Anyway, we’re going to make this a quick contest so we’ll randomly select five people who sign up for our periodic email newsletter (we promise not to annoy you with it) and/or comment below (doing both increases your chances). We’ll pick the winners tomorrow and update this post so hurry!

I was a bit hesitant at first because I didn’t know what was going to be included in the kit, I didn’t want a bunch of pre-mixed ingredients. When I received the package I was pleasantly surprised to find all fresh ingredients inside a nice Mug Root Beer cooler! Since I have made BBQ sauce with various cola’s before (usually Dr. Pepper) I wasn’t too scared to try it out with some root beer.

Mug BBQ Sauce Kit

As you can see it comes with all fresh ingredients, a nice cooler, and of course an Mug apron. Why is it I have like 50 aprons and never wear one? I ended up with sauce all over me again. Anyway, Mug calls the sauce The Southern Specialty Brew-B-Q Sauce and it contains MUG Root Beer (obviously) and quite a few ingredients as you can see below. The instructions were easy to follow and it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and your sauce can stay refrigerated for up to 2 weeks for later use. In case you don’t win (which you really should, the cooler itself is worth it), here is the recipe:

Southern Specialty Barbecue Sauce

1 cup MUG¨ Root Beer
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon mild-flavored (light) molasses
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Combine all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Cool slightly. Transfer to bowl. Cover and refrigerate. (Can be made 2 weeks ahead; keep refrigerated.)

The sauce came out nicely, with a mild tangy flavor. I took some leftover pulled pork and made a couple sandwiches and it complimented the pork nicely. It has an interesting and unique flavor. I took some pictures of the final sandwich all nice looking, but I screwed up transferring it so I’ll upload it later. Anyway, get or give a gift of a barbecue sauce kit and start on the road of making your own ingredients! (And if you run out of other ideas, the Pole Dancer Stripper Alarm Clock is always amusing).

UPDATE: First five winners of the MUG Root Beer BBQ Sauce Kits have been randomly selected. You’ll be receiving an email shortly.


UPDATE: MUG is letting us give away 5 more kits! Keep going for a chance to win!

UPDATE: Final five winners!

  • Amanda W
  • Brian W
  • Chris
  • Robin S
  • Amy

91 Responses to “Free Stuff: Barbecue Sauce Kits From MUG Root Beer”

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Paul June 18, 2009

Love your stuff!!!!

Aaron Managhan June 18, 2009

I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks for the contest too!

Ashley June 18, 2009

Yum! Count me in — nice giveaway in time for Father’s Day :)

Brian Bille June 18, 2009

I plan on making a Bacon Explosion on Father’s Day and wonder how the root beer based sauce would taste brushed on it at the end? I usually use Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke with brisket but root beer is a great idea for sauce too.

I’m thinking of buying a CharGriller Outlaw with side smoke box, any recommendations on it or another smoker in the same price range?

Roland June 18, 2009

Nothing like an ice cold root beer with some good ‘cue! I love Mug root beer and love your site. Thanks!

Matt June 18, 2009

Would love to try a kit!

netmeg June 18, 2009


Aaron June 18, 2009

@Brian Good question. It’s a sweeter sauce so I bet it would offset the salty-ness of the bacon quite well. If you try it out let us know how it is!

Dave T. June 18, 2009

Sign me up. I’m all for free…root beer and BBQ!

Jason June 18, 2009

Winner Winner!

John June 18, 2009

My Dad and I love BBQ & Mug root beer

eric June 18, 2009

yum, ill follow it up with a root beer float -

Fred June 18, 2009

Nice blend of sweet and savory. Looking forward to giving this a try!

Andy June 18, 2009

Recently found your site, and I’m inspired! Bring on the bacon! And yes, I love root beer, too…this is awesome!

Shelby June 18, 2009

I have never heard of using soda as an ingredient in BBQ sauce. You mentioned you usually use Dr. Pepper, how did the root beer compare? I need to know which I should try first. ;)

Jorge June 18, 2009

If it has a hoof…. it is good.

Aaron June 18, 2009

@Shelby – hmmm, good question. The Dr. Pepper sauce I make is a spicy rib sauce (it’s in one of my BBQ books, forget which one at the moment). The root beer sauce is a bit more tangy/sweet so whichever you prefer. Try them both!

Lance June 18, 2009

Always up for some free BBQ swag!

jamie June 18, 2009

mmmm.bacon. i’m the one who went unvegetarian for bacon so i should def. win!

Chris June 18, 2009

my dad and I are doing a cook on Sunday. Our first time smoking together. Should be fun.

wolfmank June 18, 2009

Cool count me in. :)

EHoward June 18, 2009

Sounds like a good sauce mix – put my name in the hat!

heather denning June 18, 2009

Pick me! :)

Aubrey Patterson June 18, 2009

Love root beer, love BBQ, perfect. I’m ready to win!

Amanda Woodward June 18, 2009

What a cool giveaway! I love root beer and recently made a root beer bundt cake. I’m sure BBQ with root beer in it would be awesome too!

Bobby June 18, 2009

This sounds great!!!

Sid June 18, 2009

This sounds awsome. Can’t wait to try it!

Michael June 18, 2009

Pick me! Pick me! I’ll take one of the MUG Barbecue Sauce Kit off you hands!

Mike June 18, 2009

I’ve heard of this sauce, but never have had a chance to put it together. This would prevent any excuses!

Katherine Bresette June 18, 2009

I couldn’t think of a better gift to give my husband then a kit where he can make his own BBQ sauce. I am very excited!!!!

Kim June 18, 2009

Looks like an interesting combination of ingredients! I’d love to try it!

Scott June 18, 2009

This is great I so need this for Fathers Day!!!!!!

Beth Anne Leach June 18, 2009

Oh yeah! I would loev to try this out. I’ve always been a fan of MUG Rootbeer, I bet it would make a great BBQ sauce!

nicole June 18, 2009

sounds yummy-would be excited to win!

jim June 18, 2009

This is really cool. Love the Bacon Explosion as well.

noah June 18, 2009

love me some Mug!

Sue June 18, 2009

Sounds great….and today is even uncle Larry’s birthday. Would love to try it.

Kyle June 18, 2009

Looks good! Maybe add some bourbon in there for some extra flavor?

Reynard June 18, 2009

Awesome finger licking good barbeque!

JimBQ June 18, 2009

If I win, this sauce is all over my next Bacon Explosion.

SmokeInDaEye June 18, 2009

I love Mug root beer. It’s like water, but with sugar and flavoring!

queen bee June 18, 2009

jason: you guys are amazing–we just tried the half bacon explosion the other day and it was incredible. we are so addicted! please throw our hat into the ring for the kit. thanks and keep up the great work!!!!

Matt S June 18, 2009

Free schwag? I’m in!

Dana Booth June 18, 2009

Would love the kit! Yum! :)

TommyTapper June 18, 2009

I’ve been drinking RootBeer for 70 years now. Also think bacon flavored salt can be added to the bacon sausage explosion. Send me my kit.

Pete June 18, 2009

Always wanted to try making my own sauce, now I can try.

drnappy June 18, 2009

LOVE ROOT BEER, so what could be bad?

Tried the bacon explosion concept on a butterflied leg of lamb, instead of sausage! WOW!!!

Jessie June 18, 2009

I’ll tell you if it is southern :)
No making fun of me for thinking Carolina BBQ is really BBQ

BethP June 18, 2009

Love the blog! Toss my name in the hat, please! :-D

Brandon June 18, 2009

BBQ goodness :D

Sharon June 18, 2009

I would love a kit! I’d love to see how this sauce measures up to Kansas City bbq!

Amy June 18, 2009

Sign me up!

Brian June 18, 2009

I love recipes of all kinds Mug rootbeer gotta be good in bbq sauce
Sign me up

Jim June 19, 2009

The MUG root beer recipe sounds great. Root beer and pork are great together.

Lisa June 19, 2009

Gotta love the liquid smoke!

froid June 19, 2009

I love Mug rootbeer. Why wouldn’t anayone love BBQ sauce made with it?

R. King June 19, 2009

Can y’all lighten the background or letters so an ole man can see what ya talkin ’bout. But I sho do want that kit…hey, I may even share my “Give it 2 me Babe” sauce with ya.

JCM June 19, 2009

I think this is a great idea for a giveaway.

Frank C. June 19, 2009

Would love to try it.

Robin Stauffer June 19, 2009

I love BBQ and like to try new ways for BBQ sauce it is always interesting to hear all the new recipes that come across. Thank you so much for sharing just a mom cooking for her family.

Have a nice day.

Micah June 19, 2009

I’m a father that would love to try this kit out. Here’s hoping I win.

Karl A June 19, 2009

Looking good!

Jo Ann June 19, 2009

Wow, my brother would love this.

Spice_Guy June 19, 2009

Never tried root beer for sauce. Sounds interesting though.

George June 19, 2009

Heck yeah. Sign me up! I’m a dad….plus I support single moms. :)

Jeff Davis June 19, 2009

Told the family no more ties or shirts, want BBQ stuff. I’ve sent them your URL, Can’t wait! Happy Fathers day to Me! Oh and I got to get my dad some stuff too. =-)

John June 19, 2009

Looks like a winner. Will be trying it soon. Love MUG rootbeer in an ice cold mug! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Rachael June 19, 2009

We love us some BBQ shwag at!


Nick June 19, 2009

Looks great. Hope to try it out!

Linda Cunningham June 19, 2009

Love, love, love this site!

Danny B June 19, 2009

OMGWTFBBQ goodness, that looks awesome!

DJ June 19, 2009

This sounds so good, would love to try it!

Norton June 19, 2009

I’m a big fan of the Mug Rootbeer and I would love to try the kit out.


Elizabeth Johnson June 20, 2009

I wanted to nominate my dad! He is phenomenal! He works so hard for his family. Not only has he served as a police officer, he is a cancer survivor who still works more than full time to provide for his family, and help my husband & I provide for our children, one of which is disabled. My dad has always stuck by my side, and he always lets my momma know how much he loves her. He ROCKS at makin’ bar-b-q, whether its a few racks O ribs, or 26 oz. Ribeyes, or when he slow cooked 8 briskets all on his own for a wedding, hes got it goin on! I have never seen a man who watches more bar b q shows on food network! I think his dream would be to go up against Bobby Flay!

Wayne July 7, 2009

Great site!
If we don’t win, how do we order the MUG kit?

Aaron July 7, 2009

Good question, I’ll see if I can find out.

brian July 8, 2009

I got my BBQ Kit in the mail this week, thank you so much and keep up the great work!

Aaron July 14, 2009

@Wayne – Looks like that was just a promo they were running. You can find the recipe on their site in the recipe section:

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Helen May 24, 2010

I woulkd love to win freeee stuff. I raised my daughter as a single parent. so I was both MOM annd DAD. I love to BBQ, and come up with new sauces.

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ken miller May 28, 2010

would love to try this on my family

austin May 27, 2011

the secret ingredient is mug rootbeer.

austin May 29, 2011

it’s a fun family thing to do with dad. grilling outside is great.

David February 3, 2012

This sounds really good. I love to cook on the grill. BBQ ing almost everything that goes on it. Never used Mugg root beer in my BBQ sauce but I’m sure going to. Thanks for the recipe, everything goes great with Mugg Root Beer. :)

Robert Leonard May 23, 2012

Can’t wait to get the bar-b-que fired up and show my 2 son-n-laws how to slow cook ribs, how to do a burger, chicken and sausages without burning them or getting smoke in the face. Let the backyard party start.

Jake Smith July 9, 2012

This would be good we usually use a different kind of soda. But this one
We might have to give it a try.

Vivian Brown June 6, 2013

I’ve heard of adding Root Beer to BBQ sauce/marinade. And I Love Mug Root Beer…So it makes perfect sense on WHAT’S BEST TO USE !! I’m raising my 2 grandsons ( 11 &13 ) They are really interested in learning more about Grilling & BBQ. This would be an AWSOME experience…to actually WIN THIS KIT…then use it as we learn together. Hope I hear GOOD NEWS soon ! ! ! Thanks for the chance to win….& the great recipe too.! ! ! :-)

Vivian Brown June 6, 2013

Love Guy….& Mug Root Beer !! This would be Fantastic opportunity for me..& my 2 Grandsons to experiment our attempt to learn more about grilling too.Would Love to find a way to win a good grill…this might help our “learning experiences too ! ! ! LOL ! ! :-) GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ! ! ! HAPPY GRILLING ! ! !

Vivian Brown June 6, 2013

Have left 2 comments … Yes..I Really would Love to WIN !!! Thanks for the cgance to WIN ! ! ! PLEASE…add me to future offers !!!

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