BBQ Box Subscription Review – November 2017
BBQ Box is a monthly barbecue subscription box brought to you by Myron Mixon, a champion barbecue cook who’s starred on TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters and is the mind behind Jack’s Old South.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About BBQ Box
The Subscription Box: BBQ Box
The Cost: $24.99 a month plus shipping (shipping to Pittsburgh is $6.98)
The Products: A sauce or marinade, a rub or spice, a snack (such as jerky), sample package of premium wood chips, and a custom recipe card.
Ships to: Worldwide. Shipping costs vary by location.
BBQ Box November 2017 Review
I like how snuggly everything is packed in here, with foam on the top and bottom to protect the glass bottles of sauce and spices.
Each month you’ll receive a custom recipe showing you how to use all of the items in your box. Since this is the November box, the category is pork and the recipe is for a holiday ham.
The reverse side tells you what you’ll need, has some recipe tips from Myron, and gives you step by step instructions. There’s also a description of the ready to eat item included “for the wait”. This month it’s Striplings Pork Jerky (more about that later).
I don’t have a smoker, but I’ll be enjoying these ingredients (maybe save the wood chips) all the same.
They’ve also included a coupon code to get 10% off your order at Big Ridge Outdoor Kitchens.
Vaughn Wood Products Pro-Blend Gourmet W0od Chips, 8 oz. sample – Buy a 12 lb. box for $30.00
First things first, you’ll need wood chips. It makes sense that you’d achieve different subtle flavors of meat based on the type of wood chips you’d use while smoking, but I guess it never really occurred to me. They’ve included the “Pro-blend” here which are apparently the best on the market. Vaughn’s website actually has a great description and how to prep them:
While filtering these chips removing all the dust, we have also kicked the larger chips to the side making for a more uniform and even burning chip. We recommend soaking our Wood Chips in water for 30 to 45 minutes prior to use. After soaking drain the water off, before laying on your charcoal/wood chunks and or chip box for the perfect smoke.
Savory Spice Georgia Boys All-Purpose BBQ Rub, 3 oz. – Retail Value $5.60
Next, you’ll want to slather that ham (or whatever meat you’re using) with a tasty spice blend. The Georgia Boys All-Purpose Rub is a really great marriage of sweet and spicy. I immediately tasted sweet brown sugar before I got a little kick of chiles with some sweet smoked paprika and other spices to make this really complex. Right on the jar, they’ve suggested putting this on fruitwood smoked pork (especially ribs shoulders and hams) to keep it “Georgia Style”. If you’re following the recipe included, they direct you to really use a generous amount of this rub (with olive oil) to make sure you are getting this into every nook and cranny of the ham.
Jasper Blackburn’s G’Daddy Southern Made BBQ Sauce, 12 oz. – Retail Value $5.00
Jasper Blackburn created this recipe in 1959 and finally, a handful of years ago decided to share it with the world. This seems to be a pretty legit Mom ‘n Pop operation since you can only get it through the lo-fi Jasper Blackburn website, or from a short list of locations in Georgia. The sauce itself isn’t super thick, so you can easily slather this all over the ham you’ve been smoking (slathering commences 3 hours in), or onto some ribs or wings. The first ingredient is ketchup, which I picked up on right away, but you can also taste a smooth spiciness as well that cuts a bit of the sweetness that the included honey delivers.
Stripling’s General Store Pork Jerky, 2 oz. – Retail Value $4.29
Lastly, there’s the pork jerky that they’ve given us to snack on while we’re smoking that ham. Also hailing from GA, Stripling’s General Store makes their jerky in-house and has been recognized by Food & Wine as one of the “Top Ten Test Kitchen Discoveries”. I love me some jerky and these pork strips are super peppery and delicious! I like that they sent pork jerky to keep with the theme. I can’t stop snacking on these!
Verdict: BBQ Box sent some small batch high-quality BBQ goodness this month with a dual pork/Georgia theme that I thought was awesome! Receiving full-size products is always a treat, and it’s thoughtful of them to send a ready to eat item as well for that instant gratification we all crave. Out of this pack, the wood chips are the only thing I can’t use myself, but this box is probably better utilized by a more enthusiastic BBQer who may have a smoker on hand. For a total cost of $31.97 I received four items that have a retail value that doesn’t really go over $15 (not including the wood chips), so this isn’t really a box for someone looking for a “deal”. The items are a bit harder to find though, so keep in mind that you’d have to pay shipping to get all of these sent to you. I could see this being a good gift for someone who loves BBQing and wants to try new recipes.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you sign up today, you’d get the welcome box as your first. The following month you would receive your first regular BBQ Box.
From BBQ Box:
Due to a large, unknown number of monthly sign-ups we have to have 1 box as a welcome kit (version 1.0 of each box) ready by the shipping date so we have enough in stock for all of our new customers. For that reason we order thousands of items for the three Welcome Boxes, ready to go since the shipping window (25th-30th) is so small after the cutoff time (the 24th), so we can get you your box asap.
Value Breakdown: At $31.97 ($24.99 for the box + $6.98 for PGH shipping) for this box, each of the four items roughly costs you $7.99.
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