It seems almost surreal to have Andria’s as a sponsor. They have been part of the website from practically the beginning before they had ever heard of us. I scrolled through the archives and in my fifth post, Spiral Sliced Stuffed Pork Loin, I mentioned Andria’s for the first time. The site had been up for less than a week. The very next post was a NY Strip Steak that I also marinated in Andria’s. And the post after that was the first time Andria’s was seen in a pic (on the left below):
All of this was in the first week of the existence of the site. Andria’s has been on the site from the outset. Back when I couldn’t take a good picture to save my life.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to show that when we endorse a product we will only do it for products we believe in and use, and Andria’s may be the one product we have used the most on this site other than meat, charcoal, and smoke wood! I’m not kidding.
Those in the St. Louis area see the products on the shelves at the local grocers and can go have an amazing meal at one of two restaurant locations in the St. Louis area, O’Fallon, Illinois and their new location in .
Those not from the St. Louis metro area are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. How do I explain the nature of this magic elixir? How do I explain how it brings out the flavor in so many foods? How do I explain how that dark, thick liquid can take what you grill to a whole new level? Simply stated, I can’t explain it. I can only rave about it and hope you try it yourself so you can experience the flavor. I can only show time and time again how I use the product well before Andria’s came on board as a sponsor and of course when I continue to use it.
The recipe for the sauce is a closely guarded secret but the results are amazing and it is incredibly versatile. I’ve used it on pork, beef and even seafood. Next time you are grilling scallops, throw a couple of them in a quick 30 minute bath of Andria’s and compare them to the ones that don’t get the bath as I did here:
I promise you that you will marinate all of the scallops the next time you grill them. I have ever since I did that taste test myself.
It can not only be used on multiple types of meat and seafood but it can also be used in a variety of ways. I’ve put it in chili and meatloaf to add extra flavor. But the place I use it most often is as a marinade. I’m a big believer in marinating just about everything to improve the flavor as is well documented on this site. I use it straight as a marinade but have also been known to mix it with a variety of things like red wine on occasion, Worcestershire sauce (particularly when all that’s left in the bottom is the bits of deliciousness but not enough fluid to pour onto the meat), but most famously is the combination of Andria’s and Coke or Diet Coke:
This is the magical combination we use to make our increasingly famous Rib Eye Steak Sammiches. That recipe is a home run every single time. I use the Coke/Andria’s combo almost always when I do steaks for myself and my family at home.
Along with being an excellent flavor enhancer for chili and meatloaf and a great marinade it also makes a fantastic basting sauce. Brush it on a steak or chop while grilling it and you will be blown away. Do it once and you will be hard pressed to not used Andria’s in the future. Every steak you have from that moment on you will think that it’s missing that certain something that only Andria’s can provide.
So how do you get your hands on some Andria’s for yourself if not from a St. Louis area grocery store? Easy. Click on the picture to the upper right of an Andria’s steak which will take you straight to the Andria’s Steak Sauce order page. Please note that Andria’s is running a special right now which if you order a case they will send you two extra bottles. It may sound crazy ordering the sauce by the case, but I bet a lot of you who order a bottle or two the first time will order a case the second time. It’s just that good.
I will close with a quote from my father who said of Andria’s Steak Sauce, “it’s a regional product that screams to be shared with the world.” I am honored to be able to share it with all the Grillin’ Fools out there which I have been already been doing for the last 18 months considering every one of the pictures above was taken from posts on the site prior to Andria’s joining the site as a sponsor.