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Summer is almost here. When I think of summer, I think of BBQ, grilling, and picnics. Nothing is more fun than getting friends and family together to enjoy good food and even better company. That is exactly what we did this past weekend in order to celebrate my brother in law’s birthday. To make the party a little more exciting, I put together a BBQ taste test party. We did blind taste tests with the Heinz Pitmaster Collection BBQ Sampler Pack. This would be a fun party to recreate for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or even Father’s Day. We had so much fun that I have a feeling we will be doing something like this again!
The Heinz Pitmaster Collection BBQ Sampler Pack is pretty cool. I love that you can pick up 4 different sauces all in one package. It’s the perfect party collection. The bottles even look cool! You can’t pick up the party pack without picking up the Heinz BBQ Sauce Classic Sweet and Thick. I had to get it too! All of these sauces can be found at retailers nationwide.
For this party we put all the food on the screened patio and let the guests eat outside overlooking Bonity Bay. It was a great setting for a summer BBQ. Sure, it may still be spring, but here in Southwest Florida we have had summer weather for months.
I love how the screened in porch kept Jackson out of trouble while the big kids played in the pool.
This party couldn’t have been more fun to put together. I loved setting up the different sauces for a blind taste test. The Heinz Pitmaster Collection BBQ Sampler Pack worked out perfectly. I was able to cover up the labels with scrap paper and stickers. Download the printable stickers here.
The guests got to blind taste all of the sauces on pulled pork, shredded chicken and tofu sliders. I printed out taste testing cards for them to take tasting notes and take their guess on which sauce was which. The winner got to take home the sauces.
Each guest had to choose from one of the four partnerships with Regional Pitmasters: Kansas City Sweet and Smoky from Joe & Mike Pearce with Slap’s BBQ; Memphis Sweet and Spicy from Dan Brown at Leonard’s PIT Barbecue; Texas Bold and Spicy from Robert Sierra from S+S Pit Crew; Carolina Tangy from Sam Jones at Skylight Inn. Heinz traveled the country to bring you a sauce that captures the full tradition of American barbecue.
When I do BBQ, I always do pulled pork. As a southerner, I can’t imagine a BBQ without pulled pork. While we loved grilled food in our family, we always do pulled pork in the crock pot because it gives us more time to grill other things like corn. Check out my pulled pork recipe at the end of this post.
The pork was perfect for taste testing the different sauces on rolls to make sliders. Can you ever go wrong with sliders? I think not.
Of course you can’t have good southern food without delicious sides. I made a lightened up coleslaw salad, green tomato and corn salad, and baked beans to go with our sliders.
As for decor, I kept it cheap and simple. I used lots of reusable items such as mason jars for the drinks, chalk board signs and banner, and a vinyl tablecloth. I always try to use reusable items so I can use them for multiple parties. It helps me save money so I can throw better parties more often! I love using black and white for plates, utensils and straws because I can always pick them up on clearance and use them for any party.
Putting together the decor for parties is my favorite. Never mind, cooking is my favorite. Honestly, I can’t decide. Pulling off a party is such a satisfying feeling. Exhausting, but satisfying.
I can’t get over how much people loved testing the different sauces. Everyone had a different favorite. They also had different tasting methods. Some people tasted on their plates.
Others skipped the plate.
Overall, everyone had a blast giving all the sauces a try. You can tell that the meal was a success by all the clean plates!
I couldn’t stop eating these little sliders. Toward the end of the night most of the pork was gone so I had to make some chicken sliders. I saved time by shredding a rotisserie chicken in case we ran out of pork. I’m glad I had a back up!
Isn’t the view beautiful? Picture perfect for a BBQ!
Want to make your own pulled pork for a Heinz Pitmaster Collection BBQ Sampler Pack taste test? Check out this easy recipe!
- 3 pounds of pork butt
- 1/2 C. Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet and Thick Sauce
- 1/4 C. of rub seasoning
- 1/4 C. of apple cider vinegar
- Rub pork butt with seasoning
- Mix the Heinz BBQ sauce with the apple cider vinegar and pour into crock pot
- Place pork butt in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours
- Take out of crock pot and shred with two forks
- Serve the pulled pork with one of the four sauces in the Heinz Pitmaster Collection BBQ Sampler Pack
Want more? Check out other recipes and party ideas using Heinz BBQ sauces here!