Tuesday, August 19


A couple weeks ago, Al Malekovic reached me and invited me to share his small business with y'all. I was as tickled as a nudist in a feather factory to hear from someone who is downright famous in my household. My first celebrity!

What? You've never heard of Al before? Well, to be honest, I didn't think I had either. But when he shared the name of that small business, I knew he was kin. Mr. Malekovic represents Country Bob's All-Purpose Sauce. My family has called this divine sauce "Uncle Bob's" for years. See? Kin! I wish I could say it was something the kids accidentally came up with, but I actually am the one who first got it wrong when I was a kid. I insisted it was called Uncle Bob's. When I finally realized it was Country Bob's and not Uncle Bob's, I just used my imagination and declared he really was my uncle and that was why I was permitted to still call it Uncle Bob's. We've perpetuated the myth with our own children who might actually believe they have a distant Uncle Bob somewhere who makes this famous sauce. This myth may be hard to dissuade now that the kids know "Uncle Bob" sent us a package last week containing said sauce.

Mr. Malekovic was kind enough to let me ask him a few questions. I had to ask about his name (not Bob) and about his C.E.O. Here is his gracious reply:

There was a Country Bob. He passed away about 7 years ago. He was my daughters father-in-law. Bob and his son Terry and Me and my son Reed formed a corporation 25 years ago and off we went. It was very hard in the beginning since none of us had and sales and manufacturing experience. But with the Lord's help, He got us through and we can't thank Him enough. I have 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, we all live within 5 miles of each other and all go to church together. I accepted Christ and was baptized when I was 29 and by knowing Him and what He teaches (love, joy, peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) He has made Us what we are today. Thanks for taking time for us and God Bless! Al Malekovic

Now, let's get on to the sauce. If you do not know what I'm talking about, you are missing out. Truly. You're missing out on something spectacular. Do not sniff your nose and mutter something about not being interested in BBQ sauce. THIS is no barbecue sauce. Neither is it a steak sauce. No, this is in a different class altogether. It is good on just about any dish that doesn't contain chocolate as a main ingredient (possibly those dishes, too, but I'm not brave enough to try it.) My children eat it with anything that they would otherwise use ketchup, BBQ sauce, or Ranch dressing. Next time you are at a steak house, or Cracker Barrel, or whatever....ask for Country Bob's. I am pleasantly surprised at the number of restaurants that now offer it. Mmmmmm, Colton's. It's been a while. Now I'm craving steak. Or Baked Beans. I made killer baked beans on Sunday with Uncle Country Bob's.

Enough talk, let's get to the giveaway!

Mr. Malekovic is generously giving away 2 full-sized bottles of his All-Purpose Sauce and a Cookbook. Can't beat that with a stick, can you? And trust me, it's soooooo good. Curious about what variety could be found in a cookbook of this nature? Well, Uncle Country Bob's lends its flavor to a variety of dishes, ranging from Chicken with "Orange Pecan Rice," to "Caviar Dip," to "Men's Slop." Makes you curious, doesn't it?

If you would like to enter your name in my drawing, you may

1. Leave a comment with a way for to contact you. That's all that's needed.

2. For an extra entry, leave a link on your blog telling about this contest.

3. For yet another entry, visit Uncle Country Bob's website and tell me about a recipe that sounds yummy to you....but it can't be one of the three I mentioned!

Contest ends Saturday night at midnight.


granny janny said...

I of course love Uncle, Country Bob.
How do you do that strikethrough thingy. Does that make him my brother. I guess only if he's a Christian. You can contact my about my winning at. Oh you know how to get a hold of your mama!

Jessica said...

your page won't load on my school computer. :( i'll have to catch up when i'm at church i guess.

Ginger said...

Hey Jenn,
I'm going to try out your pickle recipe. Our garden went gangbusters with the cucs this year. So how many exactlyish do you think would make a gallon? And what is pickling salt? Would regular old salt work? Thanks!! :) chirgies at msn dot com.

Anonymous said...

Oooo this stuff sounds good. I'd love to make my hubby the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wings from their website.


windycindy said...

Hello! What a fun contest! My husband loves to cook, grill and bake. He has a birthday next month and would love these goodies. The "Country Bob's Fantastic Bakes Beans" Recipe sounds fantastic. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

Natasha said...

Who doesn't love a good cookbook? Besides, the family must be getting sick of my 'old faithfuls' by now! I'm going to try the recipie for 'Crockpot Orange Honey Chicken' - sounds great, and even better, uses my all time favorite...the crockpot! Great giveaway, thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Entry #1 I have heard of Country Bob's sauce but have not found it in our stores. I even had a free coupon for it a couple of years ago, but couldn't find it on our shelves. Thanks for the opportunity to win this yummy item !
allibrary at aol.com

Tamara said...

Oh, I just love to try new Sauces. Went to the Country Bobs Website and looked at the recipes. Now my mouth is watering. I found the Country Bob's Meatloaf delcious recipe and got to thinking I haven't made a meatloaf in years. Thank-you.

Chucki the Parrothead said...

I have a weakness for cookbooks, and my husband has a weakness for new sauces so I'm in. And, hey, if I win I can make Creole Roast. I love Cajun foods.

Oh, you can get me through my blog if need be.

ihchicky said...

This looks like a great giveaway! I'd love the chance to win. Thanks for hosting it! :)


ihchicky said...

The recipe that sounds great to me is the Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff. yummy. Thanks! :)

Misty said...

Uncle Bob rocks!!! I haven't been able to find him in NY though.
You know how to get in touch with me.

Jenni said...

Okay, I'm interested in trying this sauce your uncle makes. I wonder if Wally World or Tar-jay would have it.

Great parenting posts above! You're doin' good, Mama.

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