Thursday, December 31, 2009

Let's play FunniBonz "Did You Know!"

...that FunniBonz products are now Gluten-Free?  You didn't?  Well, you do now!  Can't you hear all of those people with Celiac's disease breathing a collective sigh of relief as we speak?  And no more searching the jar for that one elusive ingredient that always manages to ruin the whole thing for you!  Just look for the words "Gluten Free" right on the label!

...that the entire family of FunniBonz sauces are Certified Kosher?  What?  You're losing a lot of points here, try to keep up!  We were officially certified by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America all the way back in October of 2009.  So the answer is "Yes, you can serve FunniBonz spicy veggie dip at your son's Bar Mitzvah!"  (Phone calls are being made... caterers are updating their party menus... it's a MAD house!)  Just be sure you see the Orthodox Union symbol on the label!

...that we are coming out with not one but TWO new products?  Ok, yes, you probably did know that.  But did you know which two?  And better yet, do you know when?  Aha!  I knew we would stump you!

As noted in our header, one of the new products will be a Sweet and Tangy Mustard sauce.  I know!  We are excited as well.  Just think of all of the things you can do with a tangy mustard sauce accented with sweet clover honey...  top your roast beef sandwich... coat your pork chops and then bake them to perfection...  spread it on that warm but lonely slice of ham on your plate... dip your soft Philly-style pretzel braid...  oh, the possibilities are endless.  (Here - grab a napkin - I think you're drooling...)

You're gonna want to hold on to that napkin because the next sauce we are introducing is a Fiery Chipotle sauce (Fire being the operative word! Stay with me here.)  We know you love Spicy.  We can tell by the speed in which we must restock it in our stores.  If you are already a fan of our Spicy sauce and nothing else will do then, by all means, stick to what you know. 

But if you are one of those folks that loves a challenge, if you enjoy the feeling of having your nose run while you devour your wings, if you love to eat ribs while not actually being able to feel your tongue...  ok, maybe it's not that bad!  Actually the Fiery Chipotle Barbeque sauce has the flavor and characteristics of the Spicy sauce with one big diference.  Where the kick in our Spicy Sauce has a mellow finish, the Fiery Chipotle Sauce keeps the heat coming.  And it will still have you coming back for more.

Look for both of these new sauce beginning in March 2010.  We know you are probably already planning menus around these sauces.  Believe us, it will be worth the wait!

So how'd you do?  Did you already know all of this stuff or did you learn something new today?  If you'd like to find out these things first-hand - you know... be in the know... sign up for our newsletter on the left.  We won't bombard you with junk mail or sell your info to anyone (we PROMISE!) but we will send you the occasional newsletter, special offer, event notice or coupon.  And (bonus!) you will always pass these tests with flying colors!

Thanks for playing!  Have a Spicy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

FunniBonz Across the Country

So... you're about to eat some deliciously tender chicken wings, hot from the oven and dripping with juices.  But, wait... something's missing.  You can't possibly enjoy those wings all by themselves.  They're... they're NAKED!! 

"Never fear," you hear emanating from the kitchen door (which is especially creepy because you live alone!)  "FunniBonz is here!"

As you look up, excitement builds, tears well up in your eyes, the music swells (you know that's just in your head, right?) and you see a large bone wearing a cape, standing in your doorway and holding that one thing that will make those chicken wings sing!  A brand new, unopened jar of FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce. (It's your dream, you can decide whether he's holding Original or Spicy!)

As the tears subside and you feel the steam seeping through your hot glove, you put down that succulent tray of chicken wings and go to retrieve that fantastic jar from Mr. Bonz. 

You open the jar and dip your first wing right in (we don't recommend this practice if you don't live alone) and soon you have the sweet, spicy sauce dripping down your chin while your fingers are covered in the most delicious wing sauce you have ever tasted.  "There is a heaven," you think, "and it's in this jar!"

As you wake from your fantasy and realize 1) you're out of chicken wings, 2) you live in Fulton County, Georgia, and 3) there probably isn't really a Mr. Bonz, you realize that this tantalizing food fantasy just can't come true.  Or can it?

Good news to all of you Fulton County, Georgia residents...   FunniBonz now is in a store near you!

FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce can now be purchased in both of the Natural Food Warehouse locations.  And guess what?  They also sell chicken!  Slowly but surely, your fantasy is becoming reality.

If only there were really a Mr. Bonz...

Natural Food Warehouse
10591 Old Alabama Connector Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30076
(770) 998-9500
Fax: (770) 998-9100

Natural Food Warehouse
6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy
John's Creek, GA 30022
(770) 418-2828
Fax: (770) 418-2802

Sunday, November 22, 2009

FunniBonz at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

On November 7 and 8, FunniBonz joined hundreds of other vendors and celebrity chefs at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Washington DC.  Here are some shots of the show:

Jim III, Evonne, Darryl, Lauryn (left) and Jim Jr., Jo, Casi and Jordan (right)

Lauryn collecting names for the newsletter.                                                    Casi and Top Chef's Carla Hall

Sisters Jeannie Roché and Jo Barbour with cousin Lynn Peniston.  There's nothing like the love and support of family!!

Staff (and new FunniBonz Fans) from Ella's Wood Fired Pizza in DC.  Delicious food, perfectly mixed drinks, excellent service. We highly recommend it! (And it's more than just pizza!)

New friends and fans.  Thank you all so much for making our days at the show so memorable.  We loved meeting you!

Jordan and Lauryn enjoyed the cooking classes for kids.

Serving the masses...  (Our line was never-ending!  It was awesome!)

New Fans Dierdre and Nadine passed the sauce on to Paula Deen and her hubby Michael.  Hope she likes it!

Monday, November 16, 2009

More Quick Mentions

We love and appreciate our fans for all of the support that we receive at each store demo and food show.  Here are a few more recent quick mentions of FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce:

Thank you all so much for the love and interest and for passing on the sauce, the coupons, the recipes and giving the jars and baskets away as gifts.  We are more grateful than you could ever know!

The FunniBonz Family!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

FunniBonz at the Elixir Fund Event

David Duncan was the winner of the FunniBonz Survival Basket

FunniBonz attended the Elixir Fund's Third Annual Cocktail Party & Silent Auction at the Mercer Oaks Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.  The Elixir Fund is an organization created by Executive Director Megan McQuarrie in honor of her brother Kevin, who succumbed to cancer in 2003. 

Kevin, who was always Hollywood handsome, had an outgoing personality and a boatload of talent, inspired this wonderful program that helps provide comfort amenities to cancer patients such as DVDs and players, massages, manicures, music and more.

Over 30 items were auctioned off at the event including a complete set of books written and signed by Jamie Lee Curtis, a thick, soft hand-made flannel baby blanket, a Finding Nemo movie poster signed by the entire cast, a day of golf for four at Jasna Polana, center ice tickets for a Flyers hockey game, an autographed copy of Barbara Walters' autobiography and, of course, a FunniBonz Survival Basket.

Cocktails and hors d'ouevres were enjoyed by all and the Elixir Fund was able to raise some money for a wonderful cause.  FunniBonz certainly hopes to be involved in many more Elixir Fund events in the future.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quick Mentions

FunniBonz is slowly but surely becoming the talk of the town (no matter what town you live in!)  Here are a few mentions of FunniBonz that we've found recently:

My Upper West

Thank you so much for the "shout outs" and keep them coming.  We really appreciate the fact that people love our sauce enough to taste it, share it, give it as gifts and pass on the buzz.

Original graphic from The Politics

Monday, October 12, 2009

October has been a Blast!

And we've only just begun!  This past weekend, in spite of the fact that we started out with a little bit of rain, FunniBonz managed to make appearances at four separate venues.

On Saturday morning, we made our usual stop at the West Windsor Farmer's Market.  It was rainy but a few dedicated fresh food lovers braved the weather and helped make our morning. 

We also joined in on the celebration at the Hightstown Hometown Harvest Festival where we met some of the nicest residents and vendors ever.  (Much love to Gina from the Windsor Seafood Market, the girls from Muscle Maker Grill in East Windsor and the ministers from Out of the Pit BBQ!) The weather cleared up nicely and the residents started coming out to taste the sauce and take home some jars.

We rounded out our Saturday at Mercer County Park's Burger Mania where local businesses sold their own versions of the famous hamburger slider in competiton with one another.  Jeff Johnson of Hamilton's Carolina BBQ was the ultimate winner.

FunniBonz decided to opt out of the contest and serve something different.  We offered FunniBonz Sloppy Joe and Pulled Pork slider platters instead.  The pulled pork was slow roasted for nine hours, coated in FunniBonz Barbeque sauce and then topped with fresh home made cole slaw.  Our line didn't end until the evening was over and all bellies were full. A HUGE shout out to McCaffrey's of West Windsor for all of their help and support at the event.  We couldn't have done it without them!

Check out this article about Burger Mania from the Sunday Trenton Times.

On Sunday Jim made an appearance at the ShopRite of Mount Laurel at Union Mill Road where he sampled more of his now-famous pulled pork and cole slaw.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much to all of our Customers, Fans and Friends who continually support us, and recognize that this sauce can be used all year 'round, even when it isn't "grill season" anymore.

Special thanks to the Lisa Sinatra Ward and her family for creating fans as far away as Arizona and to Robbin Kemp Dean for bringing some jars back to South Carolina!  We love and appreciate you!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

FunniBonz at the Hightstown Hometown Harvest Fair

On Saturday, October 10th FunniBonz will be sampling and selling sauce at the Hightstown’s annual Hometown Harvest Fair! This year’s family-friendly tradition is scheduled for Sat. October 10th from 10am – 4pm. Main Street will be closed to traffic in order to increase safety and enjoyment for all. Admission is free, and a rain date has been set for Sunday, October 11th.

Sponsored this year by 1st Constitution Bank, Verizon, CCL Label, and Allen & Stults Co., attendance has grown tremendously at this annual event. Based on last year’s estimates, as many as 5000 visitors are expected this year. Over 100 vendors are expected to participate.

Fair events will include a rubber ducky derby, chili cook-off, pony rides, craft vendors, pedal boat rides on scenic Peddie Lake, and non-stop live entertainment on two stages, including dance, musical performances and fitness demonstrations. A fashion show is planned, along with an artists’ alley on West Ward Street.

The all-new children’s pavilion will offer inflatables, face painting, sand art, pottery, tattoos, balloonist treats and activities, as well as a puppet show and magic show to entertain kids of all ages.

Were proud to announce there will be a performance by critically acclaimed children’s music artist, Jonathan Sprout, at 10:30AM

Antique autos will also be featured at the fair, along with a motorcycle show and railroad show.

Download fair map and event listings here!

2009 Fair Map Front.pdf

2009 Fair Map Back.pdf

It will be a fun day for all.  We hope to see you there!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The ink hasn't even dried...

...on the last two and we've already debuted in another new store.

You can now find FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce at Jack's Super Foodtown in Wayne, NJ. 

This week they are celebrating their Italian Festival so, when you go to pick up your jars of FunniBonz (just in time for the games this weekend!) you can also get the chicken breasts, Italian sausage or London broil that you plan to slather with FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce ON SALE!  Pork tenderlons are also on sale and, along with our sauce, they make awesome pulled pork sandwiches.

Enjoy the game, celebrate the weekend and don't forget the FunniBonz!

By the way... You can also find Jack's on twitter.  Just go to and click "Follow."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Two Brand New Locations

FunniBonz can now be found in two new locations.  The first is a gorgeous Gourmet Shop right on Main Street in New Hope, Pennsylvania called Randolph & Main.  This beautifully classic Victorian house has been turned into a sophisticated shop that provides everything from rich brownies to hard-to-find wine accessories to humorous refrigerator magnets.  The owners also support their community by carrying quite a few locally-made products including Giuseppe's line of delicious Italian tomato gravy (A must-try!) and FunniBonz Barbeque sauces.

If you are looking for an unusual gift or want some great items for a stylish gift basket, Randolph & Main is definitely the place for you!

The second location, in Newburgh, NY, is called Adam's Fairacre Farms.  There is no better place in Orange County, New York to get farm-crisp produce, freshly made baked goods or beautiful flower bouquets than Adam's.  They also carry juicy butcher-cut meats and seafoods, a remarkable assortment of imported cheeses and an immaculate gourmet department.

We haven't even gotten to the outside stuff such as landscaping, fencing and gardening equipment.  You just have to see it to believe it.

Become a believer and stop by either Adam's Fairacre Farms in NY or Randolph & Main in PA to get your favorite FunniBonz sauces.

Ain't nothin' funni 'bout a sauce this good!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ultimate Burger Contest Planned for Mercer County

By Site Contributor

Love Burgers? Have a local favorite? Then don't miss the first battle for the bragging rights and title for "Mercer County's Ultimate Burger Award'' at the first Burger Mania Cook Off, featuring live music by 2U and Jimmy and the Parrots, on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 3 to 8 Mercer County Park, near the ice skating rink. Admission is free.

Mercer County restaurants and caterers will grill up their favorite recipes and sell "sliders'' to visitors, who also will get a chance to vote. The free concerts kick off at 3 p.m. with Jimmy and the Parrots, followed by 2U at 6 p.m. The Goddard School Kid Zone will feature games, Howell Farm Hay bale Maze, Shooters Paintball Gallery and prizes for kids of all ages. Also featured will be the Hibernian Beer Garden and holiday crafters.

Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for the Holiday Food Drive, to be donated to Mount Carmel Guild, which has served Mercer County since 1920. Those who donate will receive raffle tickets to win tickets to Corner of Chaos Haunted Maze, Corner Copia Family Fun Maze and Active Acres Farm’s Haunted House.

Competing Mercer County restaurants and caterers include Dublin Square Irish Pub, McCaffrey’s, Killarney’s Publick House and Funnibonz, who will be sampling their BBQ Sauces and selling tender, mouth-watering BBQ pulled pork sandwiches!

Judges include Mercer County Community College Hotel, Restaurant Institutional Management Professor Douglas Fee and Professor Frank Benowitz, and special guest Pat Tanner, the Princeton-based food and travel writer, restaurant reviewer, and radio talk show host.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

FunniBonz at Uncle Guiseppe's

Can't get any fresher than this!

FunniBonz is on sale...

Fred and Jim... working it out!


New Fans welcome!!!

Visit us at any of the Uncle Giuseppe's locations:
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace
364 Port Washington Blvd.
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-0699

Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace
2330 Hempstead Tpke.
East Meadow, NY 11554
(516) 579-1955

Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace
95 Route 111
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 863-0900

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Who Are The Billies?

The Billies is the magical, musical alter-ego for singers/songwriters Christina Santoni and Craig Smith.

We are eternally grateful for their humorous, informative and catchy jingle.

You can check out more of their work on their website.

Thank you so much, Chrisie and Craig!

The FunniBonz Family

Sunday, August 23, 2009

How to Make FunniBonz Baked Beans

FunniBonz Original Baked Beans can be made in a vegetarian variety also, since FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce is both vegetarian and certified kosher. Here's a quick and easy way to make FunniBonz Famous Barbeque Baked Beans.

Dice about four slices of bacon. Quick tip: If the bacon is soft, use kitchen shears to more easily cut the bacon into pieces.

Place bacon into pot and render until golden.

While the bacon is cooking, drain and rinse beans.
(We recommend Goya as they are tightly packed and the texture works very well with our sauce.)
Here I used pinto beans but navy, northern, cannelini, lima and butter beans all work just as well. You can even mix them for an awesome medley.

Once the bacon is cooked down some, drain off most of the bacon fat. If you are making a vegetarian version of the beans, simply add enough oil to the pan to sauté the peppers and onions.

Add the vegetables to the bacon.

Mix well and sauté until tender.

Next, add the beans to the pot.

Then add your favorite FunniBonz Barbeque Sauce.

Mix well. Be gentle so that you don't break up softer beans.

Put on the lid, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 15 or 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Pinto beans are larger and denser than most.  I usually let them go for about 40 minutes or so.

Serve piping hot with your favorite steaks, ribs, sausage, burgers, dogs or all by itself all year round!
It's like Summer in a jar!