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Getting Saucy with Gold Rush BBQ in Venice, Florida

Getting Saucy with Gold Rush BBQ in Venice, Florida

| Sande Caplin |

With April delivering mild temperatures and beautiful days, it has been great to cook out at home or visit a favorite restaurant.   The smell of ribs grilling on a pleasant Sunday afternoon is just about as good as it gets.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Slather your smoky racks of goodness with the best BBQ sauce you can find, because you know it’s important. 

Stevia Sweet BBQ SauceForgetting the BBQ sauce is like heading to work without your clothes, there is just something missing.  Yes, barbeque season is a year-round event for Floridians and that can make it problematic when it comes time for swimsuit season.  And what if you or someone you love is struggling with health issues and can’t consume the sugar-laden BBQ sauces found in all the stores and restaurants you visit? It is a constant balance finding healthy foods that can accommodate the tastes of your family members while meeting the needs of those struggling with diabetes and other health concerns.  If only there was a sauce served in a local award-winning restaurant that is reduced sugar and tastes just as good as the unhealthy stuff?  Hold on to your chicken wings folks, Gold Rush BBQ in Venice has your favorite meats covered with a healthier sauce that is bowling people over.

If you know barbeque, then you know Gold Rush BBQ.  Serving the Venice area for nearly 20 years with award-winning dishes, Gold Rush BBQ has earned a reputation of consistently good food, service and ambiance, where a gold-mine themed restaurant adds fun to the dining experience.  Their menu reads like your favorite barbeque experience:  ribs, chicken, steaks, chops, shrimp, dogs, burgers and more of the same.  They do it all, and they do it well.  Fresh sides like coleslaw, beans, taters, mac-and-cheese do the trick by completing your taste buds’ dinner wishes.  Scrumptious desserts like key lime pie, spice cookie sandwich, and homemade brownies end the meal as a celebratory nod to some great eats.  Daily specials mean you won’t break the bank if you bring the whole gang, and beer and wine are also available.  It’s a fabulous place and one you should try, just ask the locals.  

Gold Rush BBQ Venice, FloridaGold Rush is owned and operated by three friends, Bob Overholser, and husband and wife team Patrick and Susan Caudill.  They have loved serving their clients a well-rounded menu full of delicious choices.  But for Bob, who has Type 2 Diabetes, eating the tempting dishes he was preparing was an issue.  He craved a reduced-sugar BBQ sauce that didn’t taste artificial like everything he was finding in the stores.  And as for the restaurants?  He couldn’t find a restaurant that served any, and if they did, well, it was not very palatable.  Taking things into his own hands, Bob set out to find the perfect sweetener, and for him, Stevia has been a game changer.  

After months of testing pseudo sugar products that did not make the cut in transforming a normally sugar filled BBQ sauce into something more healthful and tasty, Bob landed on Stevia and has not looked back.  His customers, a tough BBQ foodie crowd, were his staunchest critics, and to his delight, they are gobbling up his Stevia Sweet BBQ Sauce.  Many customers even prefer it to the other popular sauces flavored with loads of sugar.  It has been a great experience for Bob and the gang at Gold Rush BBQ.  They hope you’ll stop into Gold Rush and pick up a bottle or two or look them up on Gold Rush Amazon.   With only 100 mg of sodium per 2 Tbsp. of sauce, it qualifies as a low-sodium food, and is also low in carbs and calories and gluten free.  Don’t let the healthy stats fool you, this stuff really is liquid gold coming right out of the mines of Gold Rush BBQ. To learn more about Gold Rush BBQ, please visit If you would like more information about Stevia Sweet BBQ Sauce, please visit  

Photos courtesy of Gold Rush BBQ website and 

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