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Sweetwater Spice Co. BBQ Baths

By Bob on October 5, 2011 6:22 AM

A few days ago we played host to my niece Jacquelin Wester and her husband Mitch while they were in Texas. We didn't have time to grill while they were in town. And since Mitch never met a grill (or big ol' chunk of protein) he couldn't tame, Charlotte and I sent them back to Florida with a bottle of Sweetwater Spice Co.'s Apple Chipotle Brine for their BBQ grill.
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Sweetwater had recently sent us some of their new BBQ Bath brine concentrates to test, promising that they'd make some great BBQ.


So, I asked Mitch to take some brisket, ribs or any carbon-based life form and give the marinade a try. He eagerly accepted.


The company assured us that the marinades are ready-to-use right out of the bottle and prep was easy - cover your BBQ with BBQ Bath and equal parts water -- let soak for 30 minutes - and fire up the grill.  I thought this would be perfect for a busy professional couple to use on a weeknight. Here's what they discovered.


Prep Time

The preparation was exactly as described: mix as directed and soak for 30 minutes.


The Thrill of the Grill

After removing the ribs from the Sweetwater Spice marinade, Mitch fired up the grill and cooked the ribs to his (and Jacquelin's) liking.


How'd They Taste?

Jacqueline said the smoked apple flavor really came through - but wasn't overpowering. They liked the slightly sweet, smoky flavor and how the marinade locked in the juices to keep the meat tender. "We did still feel the need to dip the ribs in BBQ sauce as we ate them," Jacqueline added, "but we are sauce people." Note: Sauce is a BIG DEAL on Charlotte's side of the family. These folks would put BBQ sauce (or ketchup) on anything - and usually do.  


Other Flavors?

Sweetwater Spice Co. makes fat-free and all-natural BBQ Bath in three flavors: Apple Chipotle, Smoked Habanero and Lime Jalapeno. It also offers the Republic of Texas Ancho & Chipotle Brisket Bath for  Texas BBQ brisket.


Shameless Plug

If you're a pet lover (translation: you can't listen to Sarah McLachlan's Angel without tearing up) then click on over to Lost Angels Animal Rescue and make a donation if the spirit moves you. When Jacqueline and Mitch aren't chowing down on Sweetwater Spice BBQ, they're volunteering at this no-kill shelter in Tampa, FL.


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