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Easiest-Ever Barbecue and Baked Beans

By Charlotte on August 1, 2014 1:59 AM

Like most Texans, Bob and I need a regular barbecue fix. Make it chopped beef or pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans and a spicy sauce (extra for me, please!) and we're happy campers.

I've been known to spend all day slow roasting pork to perfection. But who has that kind of time during the week? That's why the folks at Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q want to give one lucky reader a quick and easy route to smokehouse flavor ... FREE. From Texas (of course!), these Austin-based barbecue gurus have joined us to give away a $30-value coupon bundle good for an assortment of fast, cookout-inspired favorites. 

You could enjoy delicious smokehouse flavor at home FREE thanks to Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q. They've joined us to give away a $30-value coupon bundle good for any:

Click "Read More" for details on this appetizing prize package and information on how to enter. Contest* ends Aug. 21.

Stubb's six new, frozen, heat-and-eat meats and sides have real, made-in-Texas taste.

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With this appetizing prize package, you get the following FREE:

Two Stubb's Frozen Meats and Sides - Not your standard freezer fare, this new collection of frozen, heat-and-eat meats and sides has real, made-in-Texas taste.

The three USDA-certified, all-natural meats - Chopped Beef, Pulled Pork and Spicy Smoked Sausage with Four Peppers and Cheddar Cheese - are hand-seasoned and slow smoked then quickly frozen to seal in the flavor. They can be enjoyed on their own, on a bun or tortilla, or in chili, enchiladas and other recipes calling for smoked meats. ($7.99-$8.99 each)

Great for adding smokehouse flavor to any weeknight dinner or party spread, the sides ($5.99 each) include:

You cook both the meat and sides in the microwave.

Two Stubb's Sauces, Marinades and Rubs - A Boomer Brief favorite, Stubb's award-winning barbecue sauces, marinades and rubs are all-natural and certified gluten free.

One of Stubb's Cookin' Sauces - Made to simplify skillet and slow-cooker meals, these flavorful new sauces include Bar-B-Q Slider, Chili Fixins, Hatch Chile and Smokehouse Bourbon. ($3.99 each)

We had the Seasoned Pulled Pork last Monday night with homemade baked beans. Talk about easy!

On the table in about 10 minutes, Stubb's Seasoned Pulled Pork cooks in the microwave.

Seasoned Pulled Pork 600.jpgIt took about an hour total to whip up my go-to baked beans. Chili powder and brown sugar give them that spicy-sweet flavor we Texans adore.

You need eight ingredients to make my go-to, spicy-sweet baked beans.

Ingredients-600.jpgBut the pulled pork was ready in minutes. If I'd been smart, I would've picked up Stubb's Cowboy Beans as well when I was on the frozen food aisle at Walmart. But I was so busy piling the new frozen meats in my basket that I totally forgot to pick up any sides. Duh!

I waited until about 10 minutes before dinner to fix our pork. Then I followed the box directions, setting the sauce packet in hot water and microwaving the meat on high six minutes. The heavenly, smokehouse aroma brought Bob to the kitchen midway through the process. I didn't even have to call him to dinner!

Afterwards, I let the pork rest a minute before trimming and shredding it for what turned out to be ever-so-tasty sandwiches. One package includes enough meat and sauce for three to four servings, unless you're condiment crazed like me. We (mainly me) polished off all that spicy sauce in one sitting. Yum!

Like Stubb's other frozen meats, the pulled pork is hand-seasoned and slow smoked then quickly frozen to seal in the flavor.

Stubbs BBQ - 600.jpgJust thinking about it makes me want another taste. So you know we can't wait to try the rest of Stubb's new freezer collection. I'm thinking Spicy Smoked Sausage with Four Peppers and Cheddar Cheese next week so long as I get dibs on most of the sauce.

Simple Baked Beans

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook bacon in a medium skillet until browned and crisp. Move bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, saving drippings.

Sauté onion in drippings until soft and golden colored. Remove pan from heat. Add remaining ingredients, excluding cooked bacon. Stir well.

Pour into a small baking dish which has been spritzed with baking spray. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.

Remove from oven and top with crumbled bacon.

On the Shelf

Stubb's new frozen foods are only available at Walmarts in Texas; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Louisiana; Wichita, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri. All other Stubb's products are available at grocers and mass retailers across the country.

We're offering one lucky Boomer the chance to enjoy delicious smokehouse flavor at home FREE. The folks at Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q have joined us to give away a $30-value coupon bundle good for any:
  • Two Stubb's new frozen meats and sides
  • Two Stubb's sauces, marinades and rubs
  • One of Stubb's new Cookin Sauces
The frozen foods are only available at Walmarts in Texas; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Louisiana; Wichita, Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri. All other Stubb's products are available at grocers and mass retailers across the country.
To enter the contest*, email your name, mailing address and phone number to Enter@BoomerBrief.com by Aug. 21 and put "Stubb's Sweepstakes" in the subject line.

* This contest is only open to entrants in the 50 United States.

We'd like to shout out a big thank you to Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q for providing samples for review and testing.

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