Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
BBJ - Mike talks with Michael Seale from the Birmingham Business Journal about local business headlines. They discuss Birmingham's bank scene, the long awaited BikeShare program, and Virginia Samford Theatre's facelift. For more on these and other business stories, visit birminghambusinessjournal.com.
BEST NEW PRODUCTS - Better Homes and Gardens, along with leading market research firm BrandSpark International, announced the winners of the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards - BestNewProductAwards.com. The Best New Product Awards is the leading consumer-voted CPG awards program in North America, honoring consumer products in the categories of Beauty, Food & Beverage, Health & Personal Care, Household and Kids. The winning products were determined solely by more than 70,000 consumers who participated in an extensive nationwide survey, conducted by independent marketing research firm BrandSpark International in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. The 2015 survey had 294 entries and 93 winning products across a range of categories. Better Homes and Gardens will showcase the winners and select insights within its print, broadcast and digital properties. In addition to determining the winning products, the BrandSpark/BHG American Shopper Study uncovers what is on the minds of American shoppers. Some highlights from this year's survey ... 78% of American shoppers are interested in trying innovative new products and many are open to the idea of paying a premium for quality innovation. 85% feel proud when they get great value for their money, and American shoppers see value in established brands. 83% of Americans believe that there is a lot they can do with food and nutrition to prevent illness, and 53% rely on the nutritional info shown on product packaging to help them eat healthier. 89% of Americans shop online. In CPG, beauty leads e-commerce with nearly 1 in 2 shoppers buying beauty products online at least occasionally, compared to 13% for food & beverage and 15% for household care products. 7 in 10 American shoppers now own a smartphone and more than half use their mobile devices when shopping in-store. More than 80% of shoppers consider it extremely or very important that products are well-priced and proven effective. While 42% are trying to purchase more natural household cleaning products, shoppers rate effectiveness as the most important attribute in a majority of household categories.
TEXAS BBQ - Rocky Stubblefield doesn't just like Stubb's barbecue sauce – it's in his blood. His grandfather C.B. "Stubb" Stubblefield invented the famous sauces, rubs and marinades that have become the nation's number one super-premium barbecue line. Like most kids in Texas, Rocky grew up loving barbecued ribs, brisket and chicken, especially those from his Pepaw's legendary Stubb's restaurant. As Rocky grew older, he followed his grandfather into the family business, Stubb's Bar-B-Q. There, he learned the secrets of the grill and his grandfather's famous sauce while listening to the sound of blues music coming from the dining room. Today, the company and Stubb's legacy has grown to national recognition, and Rocky shares his grandfather's traditions and Stubbisms as a spokesman and grill master for the company. For more information and recipes, visit stubbsbbq.com.
Rocky shared Stubb's Famous 3-Step Barbecue Method: Stubb's simple three-step process – rub, mop and sauce – is a foolproof method for cooking moist and delicious ribs, chicken, brisket, steaks, chops or pork.
Step one: Rub the meat or poultry with Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub, which is made with a blend of sea salt, paprika, garlic and black pepper. Let it rest 10-15 minutes before cooking.
Step two: Grill over direct or indirect heat, basting with Stubb's Moppin' Sauce - not barbecue sauce, it burns too quickly- to keep the meat moist. Baste 3 to 4 times during the cooking process. When cooking over indirect heat, no flipping of the meat is required. If you want to eat sooner, cook over direct heat, basting and turning the meat once halfway through cooking time - 5-6 minutes per side for boneless, skinless chicken; 7-10 minutes per side for 1-inch thick steaks or chops; adjust up or down depending on thickness and how rare you prefer.
Step three: Once the meat is cooked check with a meat thermometer – 165 degrees for chicken, 185 degrees for brisket and pork is recommended, then serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.
He also offered tips for Grilling Veggies:
- Soak vegetables in water for at least 15 minutes, the longer the better, to help keep them from burning.
- Veggies can go directly on the grill or you can put them on foil if you're working with smaller pieces that you're worried might slip through the grates.
- You can also put them in a foil pouch with olive oil and seasonings – I like to use Stubb's Steak Spice Rub for asparagus, yellow squash and zucchini.
- A kebab is another great way to grill your veggies. A wooden skewer should be soaked in water - overnight if possible but for at least 15 minutes - to prevent it from burning. You can layer on onions, bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, squash – just about anything. Brush them with olive oil, season and throw them on the grill.
- Flip veggies every few minutes using tongs to prevent charring and take them off the grill when they are just tender.
- Grill corn right in its own husk for 15-20 minutes on a covered grill, turning every 5 minutes to keep it from burning. If you've bought corn that is already husked, rub the cob with butter and some Stubb's Bar-B-Q Spice Rub, wrap it in foil and grill for about 20 minutes, turning every couple of minutes to keep it from burning.
JACK HANNA - Animal expert "Jungle Jack" Hanna is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. His hands-on approach and experience with wildlife has won him widespread acclaim as an author, television personality, conservationist, and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Having cultivated a love for animals on the family farm, Jack spent his teenage summers helping a local veterinarian by cleaning animal cages. After graduating from Muskingum College, Jack and Suzi, his wife and college sweetheart, opened Pet Kingdom, a successful pet store and petting zoo. From there it was only a few years until Jack was named director of the Central Florida Zoo. Jack took flight in 1978 when he received the opportunity of a lifetime: directorship of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. The zoo was struggling and in need of rejuvenation when Jack arrived. His keen understanding of public relations sparked this remarkable turnabout and transformed the floundering establishment into the state-of-the-art zoo and aquarium it is today. Jack has taken his ineffable passion to the airwaves through his successful television programs, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown. Jack and his family take viewers all over the world to visit amazing animals and fascinating cultures. Catch "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" at 9am and "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild" at 9:30am right here on FOX6 on Saturday mornings. And don't miss an evening full of entertainment to help celebrate the Birmingham Zoo's 60th Anniversary. Adults 21 and up are invited to enjoy live music by Gentleman Zero, bar-b-que, a cash bar, silent auction and animal encounters at the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board's fifth annual event in the Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children's Zoo! Guests can also enjoy a ride on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure. Net proceeds from the event benefit the Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail, coming soon to the Birmingham Zoo. And meet International Animal Expert and TV Personality Jack Hanna, star of the Fox show, "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild!" Tails in the Trails 2015 is tonight from 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama runs today through Sunday at the world-famous Barber Motorsports Park. Tickets start as low as $15! Visit barbermotorsports.com for race weekend information. Children 12 under admitted FREE with a ticketed adult courtesy of Alabama Power. It features the fastest drivers in the world such as Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal - son of legendary Bobby Rahal, Marco Andretti, Will Power, Scott Dixon, and Ryan Hunter-Reay - Indy 500 winner and two-time Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama champion, and more! The Grand Marshal is WBC World Heavyweight Champion & U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder. American country music singer Drake White will sing National Anthem. The weekend includes more racing, more off-track attractions, and more fun than ever before! The races featured throughout the weekend include the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights 100 presented by Legacy Credit Union, Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series, Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires, and USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. There is free on-site parking on Friday and Saturday and free off-site parking for Sunday at The Outlet Shops of Grand River with short shuttle ride to and from the track. CM's Trackside Tavern, premier hospitality located on-site including food from Golden Rule BBQ, La Paz, PT's of Soho, Michal's Restaurants, complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and more!
SAVVY SHOPPER - Our Savvy Shopper Christie Dedman joined us with a few deals. She told us that Target.com is offering a buy one kids' rain gear item and get 50% off a second item. Plus, using the coupon code "KIDS15" cuts an extra 15% off. Shipping starts around $7. However you can get free shipping if you use your Target RedCard or spend $25 or more. The coupon code and sale ends April 25. Raincoats start at $10. FinishLIne.com has Under Armour Women's HeatGear Alpha Capris for $19.99. Select "store pick up" to avoid the $6.49 shipping charge. They're available in size XS to L. At finishline.com select women's sale apparel and look for capris or Under Armour. The also have other great deals on Under Armour shirts, shorts and more. Vera Bradley via its eBay store is offering up to 73% off a number of handbags, travel bags, baby items, and accessories, with prices starting from $1.99. All orders score free shipping. The offer ends April 25. This is a perfect idea for Mother's Day. For more great deals, visit christiededman.com/.