REVIEW: July Spindletop Box

THE HUSBAND:

       We were laying in bed one night when The Wife all the sudden jumped up to a sitting position and boisterously squealed “Oh! I forgot to tell you what I did today!” and then proceeded to sweetly drone on about this new company and I sheepishly admit I mostly tuned her out. I was like “Okay, cool babe. That sounds neat.” and didn’t really think too much about it because I was exhausted and just wanted to go to sleep.

SIDE NOTE: Does anyone else’s spouse get their second wind right at bed time? My beautiful wife will sometimes (not so) gracefully pass out on the couch after dinner claiming she is exhausted. When bed time hits, I wake her up and try to coax her to go crawl into bed. She grumbly curses at me while zombily (totally not a word) washing her face and brushing her teeth and yawns as she crawls in bed. But, I swear to all that is holy – once her head hits that pillow it’s like someone gave her a caffeine enema and she is possessed with the energy of a 4 year old on a sugar high. All the sudden she’s like oh this and that, one day I want this, oh I forget to tell you, do you think I should, I saw this thing on Facebook, so then John said, and….mother fucker, she can go on for an hour! Meanwhile, I am trying my damnedest not to pass out on her for fear she will stab me awake.

       Anywho….it was one of those nights. Where I was half-listening and slyly tugging at my leg hairs to keep myself awake while she adorably rambled on about a Texas-based subscription box blah, blah, blah. Well, we got our first box and when I picked it up from the PO Box I was like…”Bad ass, wonder what this is?”. Well, when I called The Wife to let her know I had picked up a mysterious and awesome looking package….she squealed loudly in my ear and said this is the one she told me about, and didn’t I remember? Oh yes, honey, I TOTALLY remember. So I pretended I knew what was going on and made the trek home.

.         Long story short, she has gotten me hooked on this box. I now anticipate it’s arrival as much as she does. Between the White Label sauce and Prickly Pear Jelly from last month and all the products in this month’s box, I am a huge fan. I admit I have stolen her phone more than a few times to catch sneak peeks of the box to come. For those of you that don’t know this month’s box was “Backyard Barbecue” themed. I figured this box is right up my alley so I will be the one gracing you with a review this time. So gear up and prepare to read my eloquent reviews on the products from July’s Spindletop Box.

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TEXAS BBQ SAUCE by Alamo Red

Houston, Texas

Alamo Red TExas BBQ Sauce

“Alamo Red Texas BBQ Sauce delivers that sweet and spicy flavor that Texas BBQ is known for. This sauce is perfect for all of your smoked or grilled meats. Also try it on grilled veggies or as a table side condiment for a unique flavor.”

OUR THOUGHTS: THIS SAUCE IS THE TITS! No lie, The Wife accuses me regularly of being a complete barbecue elitist. I think any Texan who knows their way around a grill or a pit is a barbecue snob to an extent. I wholeheartedly believe that good BBQ requires no sauce. That being said, not everyone knows the correct way to smoke meat and sauce becomes a requirement. Let me tell you, this is hands down the BEST fucking sauce I have ever had. I am not just saying that either. It is deceiving – sweet at first taste and then you get that good lingering heat at the back end. It was so damn good we were eating it on chips the night we got it. The other BBQ sauces we had in our fridge that we THOUGHT were good – were actually totally trash in comparison and I threw them out immediately. You will be sorry if you miss out on this sauce. 

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WATERMELON LEMONADE SOY CANDLE by Alkaia’s Boutique

Austin, Texas

Watermelon Lemonade Soy Candle

“A scent of a refreshing blend of watermelon and freshly squeezed lemons. Alkaia’s Boutique soy candles are handmade in small batches that are infused with natural ingredients and essential oils, and a cotton, lead/zinc wick to ensure a natural burn.”

OUR THOUGHTS: I am a lucky man to be married to an OCD neat freak. Thanks to The Wife’s obsession with cleaning products and candles our house always smells damn good. The Wife was excited to try a new candle and I have to admit, this one surprised me. I, obviously, prefer the woodsy, smokey, more masculine scents and was skeptical this was going to be too sweet and give me a headache. However, The Wife had this burning the other day when I got home and it immediately took me back to memories of my childhood summers. It is DEFINITELY fruity and sweet but in a pleasant way. Definitely not cloyingly sweet like I had anticipated. Plus, The Wife prefers to use eco-friendly products so she was ecstatic to have another soy candle. 

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RED STEAK SEASONING by C&J Farms

Corsicana, Texas

C&J Farm Red Steak Seasoning

“Created for red meat- A blend of sweet paprika, fine sea salt and spices including added turmeric for taste. This red steak seasoning is blended using the freshest ingredients, gluten free, dye free, with no additives, preservatives, or silicone packets. It can be used as a dry rub or added to oil for a marinade that will make red meat on the grill, broiled or saute’d, delicious with one blend.”

OUR THOUGHTS: We were both ecstatic to try this. It is no secret we are carnivores in this house. We have enough steak and bacon at all times we could feed a small army. But, we won’t cause I’m a stingy bastard. Get your own damn steak and meat candy! 

Since steak is a staple, we are (The Wife is) always looking for ways to change it up and we were excited to have another option. When we just dipped our fingers in for a taste-test we were pumped! We tend to be heavy-handed with garlic in damn near every dish we make so we were happy campers. We finally tested it out last night and were not disappointed. It surprised me that we got more hint of onion than garlic, but we were NOT mad at it at all. Fellow carnivores, take heed and add this to your steak seasoning rotation! 

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SAWDUST FIRE STARTERS by Clark’s Sawdust

Houston, Texas

Clark's Sawdust Fire Starter

“These fire starters are a must have for camping or fire pits. These starters are handmade with woodcarvings and wax. To use, place one fire starter in the middle or underneath your kindling, light the wood shavings at the top of your fire starter and voila! Your fire will be going strong!”

OUR THOUGHTS: Unfortunately, with the rain and my work schedule we have not had a chance to have much down time in the past few weeks so we have not had a chance to test these yet. But, I am real fucking excited to test these when we escape to the ranch next month for some overdue R&R. I already packed them in our “ranch bag” so we don’t forget them. I am already planning on testing these out in the fire pit to accompany my scotch and a good cigar. Keep a look out and we will update you when we do. 

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NATURAL BUG SPRAY by Goods Apothecary

Dallas, Texas

Bug Spray

“This all natural essential oil bug repellent spray is crafted with 100% pure essential oils and coconut oil to help keep the bugs away so you can enjoy the outdoors while spending time with friends and loved one. Packaged in a 1 oz recyclable glass spray bottle that is perfect for tucking in a backpack for camping and hiking, or dropping in your pool bag.”

OUR THOUGHTS: I was already familiar with this because The Wife had actually purchased this a while back. We use this regularly in our house. Every time we step outside in the evenings to walk the dogs she hoses me down. At first I was annoyed she was always spraying me but since this shit works, I am happily hosing myself down now. 

However, what she won’t tell you is that even though we are all over 30 years old – when our friends get together we all revert back to teenagers. Well, we wanted to see what happened if we sprayed this stuff on one side of the front door on a light and we sprayed OFF Deep Woods on the other side under the other light. (Sorry we wasted your spray, honey! You can’t get mad, it was for scientific research!) Let me tell you, had I not seen it with my own eyes I probably would not have believed it. But the side we sprayed with this had, not none, but very minimal bugs swarming the light. But the side with the OFF was FUCKING COVERED UP in bugs. I have already requested she purchase more prior to our fall camping trip! 

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BAD ASS KOOZIE by Spindletop Box

Conroe, Texas

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“Keep your drink cold with your very own Spindletop Box can cooler! Colors: Sage, Camo, Camel, Burnt Orange.”

OUR THOUGHTS: Mine. As soon as we opened the box I claimed it. Sorry, honey. I do love you, but all is fair in love and war. Plus, it was camo! So yes, I hid it in my truck away from her. I’m not proud of it, but it happened. I’ve already used it multiple times and have requested The Wife purchase more since they are all of $2. Go get you one! Or five. 

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PHOTO CREDIT: All pictures taken directly from shop website and/or social media.

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