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AMAZING CLUBS

As a Top Consumer Reviews winner for various clubs such as Coffee and Salsa, it's no wonder that Amazing Clubs continues to delight when it comes to BBQ Sauce. There's no need to travel the country in search of small-batch, all-natural BBQ Sauces when you've got a subscription to their club, which delivers two varieties to your doorstep with every shipment.

With every flavor of BBQ Sauce passing a rigorous taste-testing experience by Amazing Clubs' team, you can be assured that your next cookout, family dinner, or even gift-giving opportunity will make you the star. All of the BBQ Sauces that Amazing Clubs selects come from small-batch manufacturers who use only all-natural ingredients, in varieties that you're not likely to find on your local supermarket shelves. Previous shipments included such mouth-watering selections as JB's Favorite Apple Bacon, Croix Valley Cranberry, and Ledgestone Farms Texas Sweet Sauce.

Every shipment includes the BBQ Sauce Lover's Newsletter, which offers interesting information about each of the monthly selections, grilling tips, fun facts, and more.

Membership Overview:

  • BBQ Sauce Selection: 2 full-size (12-24 oz.) bottles per month
  • Duration: 3, 6, 12 months or Seasonal (every 3 months, 4 total shipments)
  • Frequency: Monthly or Quarterly (Seasonal)
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

Amazing Clubs has the most flexible BBQ Sauce Club in our review. Do you want to pay as you go, or would you rather pay up front for all of your deliveries? That's up to you - and the price is the same either way. Just make your choice on the Create Your Club section of the page by choosing "Pay in Full" or "Pay Per Shipment". Do you want 3, 6, or 12 months of deliveries? Or maybe you'd rather get something seasonally, receiving a new BBQ sauce every 3 months? You guessed it - you can do that too. Want your gift delivery to start in December, but you want to print out or email a gift announcement now? Again, Amazing Clubs says "no problem".

This company continues to impress with its customer-friendly policies. For example, shipping is included in the already-low price of their BBQ Sauce Club; given that each shipment includes two full-size bottles of meat-enhancing goodness, this is the best value in our review. Additionally, Amazing Clubs guarantees that they'll have the lowest price. To top it off, every club they offer is backed by their "They'll Love It!" Guarantee: if you don't love your membership for any reason, they'll refund you in full for the unshipped portion of your plan, no questions asked.

We also love how easy it is to see what other people have thought of their BBQ Sauce Club. With so many of the other clubs in our review, it was hard to find any feedback specifically regarding the BBQ Sauce shipments. Not so with Amazing Clubs: scroll down on the page to see exactly what previous customers have said, but the short version is "We love it!"

Amazing Clubs makes it easy, affordable, and fun to get the most tempting, meat-hugging BBQ Sauces delivered right to your doorstep - because, let's be honest, you may just decide that the gift is for yourself once you've taken a look. (Maybe you can invite your friends over for your next cookout instead!) Whatever you decide, we're confident that you'll love what Amazing Clubs offers in their BBQ Sauce membership.

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ARMADILLO PEPPER

Armadillo Pepper's team all hail from the South, and as they put it, "The South knows good food!" Specializing in the best BBQ sauces, hottest hot sauces, and even unique items like alligator jerky, Armadillo Pepper sources its products from around the world, in order to bring you award-winning flavor.

Membership Overview:

  • BBQ Sauce Selection: 2 bottles or 1 bottle/1 dry rub per month
  • Duration: 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: Included in the cost (lower 48 states)

Armadillo Pepper offers two main clubs when it comes to BBQ Sauce. If you're just looking for sauce, check out the Sauce of the Month Club that comes with two bottles a month. Or, if you'd prefer a little variety, you should consider the BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub Club. Each club starts at $74.95 for a 3-month plan, with your first shipment going out within a week of your order, and subsequent deliveries happening during the last week of each month.

If you're looking to save a little extra on your BBQ sauce, here's a pro tip: wait a little while before exiting the site. When we did this, we were rewarded with a pop-up offering us an immediate 5% discount if we entered our email address. Do note that this was a different pop-up from the first one that will ask you to join their email newsletter for "Discounts & Monthly Recipes" - you'll just need some patience to wait for the second one to show up with the 5% offer.

Armadillo Pepper makes it very easy to send the BBQ Sauce Club as a gift. You can enter a gift note in the "Special Instructions" section during the order/check-out process. The retailer automatically hides any price information when the shipping address is different from the billing address - no need to worry that your recipient will know how much you spent! Want to make it extra-special? No problem! Armadillo Pepper has gift specialists on staff; just email the company and let them know what you're thinking, and they'll help you come up with the perfect present.

No matter which plan you order for yourself or as a gift, you can rest assured that your BBQ Sauce Club will not renew automatically after your 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription comes to an end. Of course, if you love everything you received and want it to keep coming, you can always renew your membership.

Everything Armadillo Pepper sells is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Although we would have loved to see a company rating with the Better Business Bureau or similar verification agency, we were pleased to see mostly positive reviews on the Armadillo Pepper Facebook page and in several other places.

In other words, if you choose Armadillo Pepper for your BBQ Sauce Club, get ready to be impressed. And full!

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GRILL MASTERS CLUB

Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, Grill Masters Club wants to help you "turn a slab of meat into a gift of tender juicy goodness." Think you're up for the challenge? Consider their BBQ Sauce Club.

Each month, you'll get a selection of 4-5 items that include rubs, marinades and sauces, wood chips, and, of course, recipes to help you pull it all together.

Membership Overview:

  • BBQ Sauce Selection: 4-5 products per shipment, including rubs, sauces, marinades, and other "mystery items"
  • Duration: 1, 3, 6, and 12-month plans
  • Frequency: Monthly, shipping on the 7th
  • Shipping: $8.99 per shipment

Here's a hint for saving a little extra: move your mouse as if you're going to exit from the site (like by clicking the "x"). When we did this, we got a limited-time offer with a code to save $5 on our order. We really like that we didn't have to subscribe to their mailing list to get that discount, unlike similar pop-ups on other retailers' sites.

That savings may come in handy: you do have to prepay your club membership if you choose the 3-, 6-, or 12-month plan, instead of being able to pay as each shipment goes out. (Alternately, you can choose the one-month plan for $32.95/month, if that's a better fit for your budget.) You also should expect to pay $8.99 per delivery, regardless of where you live in the US. This information isn't readily available on the site; we plugged in shipping addresses in WA, AZ, and FL on the order screen to figure it out.

Other important details were similarly missing from the Grill Masters Club site. Do they have a return policy? A satisfaction guarantee? Can you suspend your shipments if you're going to be out of town? Those are all great questions that go unanswered on this mom-and-pop site and that require customers to email them to find out (no toll-free number is provided).

Another question we had, especially after reading customer reviews, is whether or not the Grill Masters Club boxes are a good value. On the one hand, we read some comments that said that their boxes included 4-5 full-size products - a terrific value. Other customers complained that the first box was impressive, but subsequent boxes were less than stellar; the items were smaller and sometimes the quality wasn't terrific. With no posted satisfaction policy and only email for contact information, that could be an issue.

Because we love the active Facebook page and site blog with lots of recipes and helpful tips, we know that Grill Masters Club has a lot to offer. In the future, we hope that their BBQ Sauce Club will come with more details prior to subscribing and a well-defined, customer friendly satisfaction guarantee.

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MONTH CLUB STORE

Month Club Store is no stranger to the monthly club market. In business for more than ten years, this Nebraska-based company offers nearly 30 clubs, including Fruit, PIzza, and Flower of the Month.

Like most of the BBQ Sauce Clubs in our review, Month Club's BBQ of the Month products are selected for uniqueness and flavor, sourced from small, regional producers and discovered at food shows, restaurants, and cook-offs around the nation. When choosing Month Club for your BBQ Sauce deliveries, you'll need to choose between two packages: one that delivers two sauces each month, and another that includes one sauce and one rub.

Month Club does try to keep costs low. If you opt for a year-long membership, you'll only pay $17.92 per month, while the 3-month membership is still reasonably-priced at $19.67 per month. Shipping is included with all Month Club orders.

Membership Overview:

  • BBQ Sauce Selection: Select between 2 BBQ Sauces or 1 Sauce/1Rub
  • Duration: 3, 6, 9, 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, every other month, every third month, every fourth month
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

Month Club does offer quite a bit of flexibility with respect to scheduling deliveries. In the drop-down boxes on the order page, you'll see that you can opt for deliveries ranging from every month to every fourth month, and you can choose the month to start your deliveries. If your BBQ Sauce Club is meant as a gift, you can also choose to send a personalized gift greeting; be aware that there doesn't seem to be a way to specify when that greeting is sent, and no way of knowing if it is sent with the first delivery or at the time of your purchase. Also, if you prefer to send the greeting via regular mail, you'll be paying for the cost of the stamp - which struck us as a little cheap on Month Club's part.

Compared with the rest of the BBQ Sauce Clubs in our review, the shopping experience on the Month Club site was less than impressive. There was no information about what to expect in each month's shipments, only an image of some of the sauces they've sent out in the previous 11 years. We were confused by the information under the "Add to Cart" button too - there's a random "No" hanging out there, leaving us to wonder what exactly we were being denied. It was only when we clicked "yes" for the personalized gift greeting that we realized it was a summary of the options we had chosen in the drop-down boxes.

Although the Month Club Store claims to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, at the time of our review we found their grade to be a slightly lower "A" with only two complaints registered and one as yet unresolved. The one complaint visible on the BBB site showed some issues with getting a response when trying to contact Month Club Store's customer service department directly, but they did respond professionally and pleasantly on the BBB site itself.

Also, when we called the toll-free number to ask if any of the sauces in their club contained an ingredient related to a food allergy, we were extremely impressed by the response. The representative with whom we spoke gave us her direct email address and asked us to send her a list of each allergen and the length of the subscription we desired. She then promised to personally look at each sauce's ingredient list and get back to us with the results, so that we wouldn't accidentally get something with that ingredient. That definitely bumped up Month Club in our eyes.

Despite the fact that Month Club Store doesn't have a specific satisfaction guarantee on their site, they do clearly state that memberships that are cancelled will receive a prorated amount for any unused portion of the subscription.

In short, while we would love to see more detailed information and a smoother look and feel on their website, Month Club deserves points for low prices and above-and-beyond customer service when contacted directly.

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BBQ BOX

If you're a fan of competitive BBQ or the TLC reality TV show BBQ Pitmasters, you probably know the name Myron Mixon. Known as "the winningest man in barbecue" with more than 1700 contest wins, he knows his BBQ sauce. And, he shares his love of meat and sauce with customers through his monthly subscription, the aptly-named BBQ Box.

Unlike most of the BBQ Sauce Clubs in our review, Mixon's shipments include not just a sauce or marinade, but also some tasty extras: a snack, a rub or other spices, a small package of wood chips for the grill or smoker, and a recipe for getting your meats competition-perfect.

The BBQ Box costs $24.99 per month, plus shipping. With this club, your subscription is automatically month-to-month; there's no need to select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month plan as with most other club memberships.

According to the FAQ, every customer's first shipment is a Welcome Box, no matter what time of year you sign up. Given that it's the same box every time, we would have loved to see the exact details of what's included; in the Shop section, the only information provided was that the contents are for cooking pork and a recipe for Boston Butt is included. According to other customers, it looks like you can probably expect it to contain Myron's Meat Rub, Pork Barrel BBQ bacon jerky, Myron's Hog Sauce, and a small package of maple wood.

In that same Shop section (found by clicking the link at the top of the page), you can see many of the different shipments for the year. Again, there are no specifics listing what each box will contain, but some of the photos showed actual items (like Cash Cow Beef Rub and BBQ Buddha Memphis BBQ Sauce). We also noticed that there was no listing for the current month, even though the month was more than half over.

If you're looking for a la carte BBQ items, you can also get 3-packs of various meat rubs and sauces, all of which are priced at $24.99. On the second page of the Shop, you will also be able to purchase a $25 BBQ Box gift card or an 8-pack of BBQ Chicken Bites.

Membership Overview:

  • BBQ Sauce Selection: 1 sauce or marinade per month, plus 1 rub or spice, 1 edible (such as jerky or another snack), 1 sample package of premium wood chips
  • Duration: Month-to-month; can skip months as desired
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: Approximately $7.50 to $14, depending on delivery address

As you begin the process of subscribing, you'll be asked to fill in a short survey to specify your gender, your favorite BBQ region, favorite meat/protein, and then how you heard about BBQ Sauce Club. Then, you'll have to click "I Agree" on the site's Terms and Conditions and Monthly Subscription Agreement before proceeding to the billing and shipping info page.

It felt a little strange to read through a long service contract when starting the ordering process. In that contract, we were left puzzled by the part that said that our credit card would be charged on the 5th of every month, but that our box wouldn't ship until the following month. Why should we be charged more than a month in advance for our BBQ Sauce box?

We were also confused to read in the contract that BBQ Box offers three different subscriptions, when we could only find one on the site.

Although there are very few customer reviews available for BBQ Box, many of those we found agreed on this point: what you get in subsequent boxes (after the Welcome selection) isn't worth what you pay. Adding up the cost of the individual items usually falls well short of the monthly cost. And, when you figure in the shipping costs - ranging from the low end of $7 to Florida, for example, and going all the way up to nearly $14 for delivery to Seattle - it makes BBQ Box seem like even less of a deal.

And, with no guarantee or return policy, BBQ Box leaves you hanging if you don't like what you get. Yes, you can cancel your subscription at any time; you're not committed to a certain length of subscription like most other BBQ Sauce Clubs, which is great. But, since you pay on the 5th for a box that doesn't ship out until the following month, you may still wind up with one paid-for shipment that you didn't want even if you've already cancelled.

On the other hand, we did like that you can log into your account and skip months, if you're going to be out of town or if you're able to see that a future box doesn't have what you're looking for.

Although Myron Mixon is well-known as a grillmaster, his BBQ Box subscription leaves us with a less-than-pleasant taste in our mouth. In the future, we hope that the site will include much more information about each shipment's contents and a satisfaction guarantee more like the other BBQ Sauce Clubs in our review.

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BBQ Sauce Clubs

No BBQ meat is complete without the perfect sauce. What is the right sauce for your next grill-fest? The answer to that question likely depends on two things: the kind of meat you're preparing and your regional preference.

Maybe you're fan of a Kansas City BBQ blend that includes ground celery seeds and pickle juice for the distinctive flavor it lends to your pork ribs. Or perhaps you like to weigh in on the East-vs.-West debate in North Carolina - cider vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper on the East, or the same mix with the addition of ketchup and brown sugar in the West - all used when cooking the whole hog, of course.

Whether you like dark and tangy or sweet and spicy, joining a BBQ Sauce Club is one of the best ways to get world's best blends for your cooking. Every month, you - or the lucky person who gets a subscription as a gift from you - receive a delivery of delicious BBQ sauce, usually from boutique shops whose flavors can't be found on your local grocery store shelves. Some of these monthly shipments include extras like jerky, rubs, and even wood chips for your grill or smoker.

How do you know which BBQ Sauce Club is the right one for you or the person you're shopping for? Keep in mind these four things as you make your decision:

  • Selection. What is included in each shipment? Are you looking for a club that sticks to the sauce, or would you enjoy getting extras like snacks or spices?
  • Cost. How much does it cost per month? Do you make payments monthly or are you required to pay for the entire subscription upfront? Is shipping included in the membership cost?
  • Flexibility. Can you choose the length of your membership? Are you able to "take a break" and suspend deliveries if you're going to be out of town?
  • Reputation. What do other customers have to say about the club? Are the sauces fresh and flavorful? Does the company have a good track record of customer service, especially with respect to fixing problems and/or issuing refunds?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best BBQ Sauce Clubs available today. We hope this information helps you find the club that will give your cooking a tasty, flavorful kick!



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