Yes on Prop 37 Giveaway: Win A Case of Outta The Park BBQ Sauce – $84 Value
Alright y’all, it’s giveaway time! I have a case (12 bottles) of Outta The Park BBQ Sauce for one lucky winner.
The winner will get a case of their choice of Outta The Park’s Original or Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce. You can also get a combination of the two, if you prefer.
Outta The Park BBQ Sauce Giveaway – $84 Value
I have to admit, I haven’t actually tried Outta The Park BBQ Sauce. I tend not to use commercially-made BBQ sauces for one major reason: They’re rarely made from Real Food.
This one actually excites me though. It’s a BBQ sauce that isn’t made with GMO ingredients, that doesn’t have high-fructose corn syrup or MSG. Outta The Park has even gone so far as to make sure their spices are not irradiated! Unfortunately, I can’t keep this case of sauce for myself because I really, really want to try it.
The owners of Outta The Park are from North Carolina, so that bodes well for this sauce. If it can sell in BBQ Country, it has to be good! Sorry West Coasters, but we all know the best BBQ comes from the south.
Why Is Outta The Park Different?
Here’s what I think separates Outta The Park BBQ Sauce from other sauces I’ve seen and used: the ingredients. For starters, it has about half the sugar that most sauces have. Second, there’s no soybean or corn oil. There’s real butter in one and safflower oil in the other. All of the ingredients are non-GMO and there are no ingredients requiring a dual Ph.D. in astrophysics and molecular biology to read.
Y’all know I’m serious about Real Food, so I wouldn’t even be offering this giveaway if I didn’t think this sauce upheld those standards. This is something that I talk about quite often though: not all packaged foods are “processed foods”. Here’s how Outta The Park describes their sauces and the ingredients:
At Outta the Park Eats, we are passionate about all natural foods and ingredients. When we say our sauces are “all natural,” we mean Truly Natural, where every ingredient is grown and not made in a lab. You’ll find real bits of fresh peppers, freshly grated ginger and organic ketchup made from ripe organic tomatoes in our sauces. The ginger and jalapeno peppers plus an all natural brown mustard and hot pepper sauce give our Original sauce its mild-medium level of heat. We use hotter chile peppers to bring the heat to our Hot & Spicy sauce. Both sauces contain brown cane sugar and unsulphured black strap molasses to add the right amount of sweetness, and apple cidar vinegar to balance out the flavors with a pleasant hint of tangy goodness. With our Original sauce we add just a bit of real butter to give our sauce a rich texture that makes it great for grilling. With our Hot & Spicy we use expeller pressed safflower oil instead of butter for that added touch of rich, thick texture.
Yes on Prop 37 Giveaway
Of course, there’s more to this than just giving away what looks to be some righteous barbeque sauce. This giveaway is about raising support and awareness for Prop 37, the GMO Labeling ballot measure in California. It might not be perfect, but once again, we can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.
I’d greatly prefer a government that didn’t promote an agricultural policy based on GMOs, which then requires additional laws to allow consumers some insight into what they’re eating. Unfortunately, that isn’t the world we live in. The world we live in says that, even though 90% of consumers want to know what they’re eating (and even though 50+ other countries in the world have GMO bans or labeling laws), we have to fight, scrap, and claw our way to get anything.
RIGHT NOW is our chance to actually get the wheels turning to allowing consumers full choice of what they put in their bodies. Organic standards are under attack. On Nov 6th, California voters are getting the chance to vote to label GMOs when they go to the polls to cast their votes on Proposition 37, setting a precedent that will likely take little time to move through the nation.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the opposition (Monsanto, Dupont, et al) has raised over $20 million to try to sway Californians to vote no on Prop 37
We need to raise money to tell the truth about the dangers of GMOs — on TV commercials, billboards, etc. — and get Californians out on November 6th to VOTE YES on PROP 37.
Here’s what I find interesting about one particular lie the anti-Prop 37 groups are using: Outta The Park, a small company, can put the lengthy rBST-free disclaimer on their labels without excessive cost. But Monsanto and these other huge companies complain that adding “Contains GMO Ingredients” is going to be a burdensome expense that will have to be passed on to consumers. How is it that a small company can put use far more ink and label real estate without whining while a multinational, multi-billion dollar company can’t write three words on the label without undue expense? I think we all know the real answer isn’t about the expense of writing on the label.
How To Enter To Win
The contest closes on Oct 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 am. One winner will be announced on the blog on Oct 23rd. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their full name, address, and phone number.
All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter widget below and (1) Sign up for my weekly newsletter (or send in a postcard — see official rules for details) and (2) Make a voluntary donation to Yes on Prop 37 (or comment below about why you support Prop 37).
You don’t have to donate to win — this is voluntary — but hopefully you’ll find a way to donate something! I’ve donated and I don’t even live in California. Even if you can only donate $10, every little bit helps!
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PLEASE NOTE: This contest is open to residents of the United States, except Rhode Island, New York, Florida, Hawaii, and Alaska.