Nature’s Own Thrill of the Grill Challenge: We Have a Winner

True story: this picture was taken while C and I and the kids were on vacation and I took it to prove one simple point — Caroline and I are down with Nature’s Own. Even when we’re away. We buy their bread products all the time at Butler and Bailey in Rocky Hill. Really like their multi-grain sandwich rounds and use them for (get this) sandwiches, but also as buns for burgers.

But now there’s another reason why I love Nature’s Own. They invited me to be a part of a very cool contest — the Nature’s Own Thrill of the Grill Challenge where six (I think it was six) bloggers squared off to see who would be named Nature’s Own Grill Master. The winner was to receive a large Big Green Egg® + starter kit.

Only I told them that I wanted to transfer my chance of winning to one of my readers and I thought it was totally cool that they let me do just that. And guess what?

We won. Which means that I’ve officially been declared Nature’s Own Grill Master. Thinking about having some ribbed wife-beaters done up to help spread the word. Something simple like “Grill Master: JCO, Bitches!” with like a spatula and a flame airbrushed on it. Maybe have the spatula be the “J” or something.

Okay, no I’m not. I don’t really wear tank tops a lot, plus the whole profanity bit probably wouldn’t fly with the kids. But still, I am excited about my new moniker. But not as excited as I am that someone’s gonna get an $800 grill out of the deal.

And, yes, y’all — I was very liberal in deciding what qualified as a “grilling tip.” So “let your hubby grill” totally counted. So, too, did “crack open a cold beer,” if for no other reason than a good 90% of my grilling is, indeed, done under such direction.

Plus, since it took them a while to choose a winner, I counted every comment that came in up until I was informed I had won, which was yesterday, Wednesday, around 4-ish. (There was only one comment that came in after.) So, yeah, no sense in being a huge stickler because I’m a big “spirit of the rule” guy, and the spirit of this rule, for me at least, was (a) having fun and (b) expressing gratitude.

Anyway, before I announce the winner, I do wanna explain how the winner was chosen. I went to per the suggestion of some friends who do give-away-type stuff online. Then I submitted every entrant’s contact info and had do the drawing for me. You know, so y’all would know everything was on the up and up. Even though I bet all y’all know that I’d never do you dirty.

Still, you can check it out for yourself by clicking this link: Just put in the contact info that you left in your comment (assuming it had even the faintest semblance of a grilling tip — there were only one or two I didn’t count) and you’ll see that you did, indeed, have a 1 in 117 chance of winning.

But there can only one winner, y’all. And that winner is…

Chris Skalet.

He’s (a) my former neighbor, (b) an incredible appraiser should you be a Ktown peep in need of such services, (c) a good friend and (d) the exact reason why I entrusted to do the drawing — you know, because with my luck, I knew a friend would wind up winning and I wasn’t up for hearing any BS about a hanging-chad Florida recount.

Anyway, congrats to Chris and thank you to everyone who left a comment or clicked to read. And THANK YOU to Nature’s Own. This was really a lot of fun, y’all, and I appreciate you inviting me to participate.

And lemme know if any of y’all got a line on some ribbed wife-beaters, okay?

PS — here’s a screen grab of what my screen looked like when I was told Chris had won:

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • Chrisskalet

    I would like to thank Nature’s Own for the Big Green Egg.  My kids have had about 1000 peanut butter sandwiches on their bread, so it’s kind of nice to win and get something unexpected back. 

    I read John’s blogs often and have been awarded emotionally, but now this whole material thing is blowing my mind!  I am very appreciative to Nature’s Own and John and know that I will put the Egg to good use. 

    • John Cave Osborne

      chris, you’re a good man, indeed. i’ll pass these kind words along to Nature’s Own and look fwd to seeing you soon, my friend.

  • Kristin

    So exciting that your blog won! Hooray for your readers!

    • John Cave Osborne

       totally agree. hooray for the readers. and thank you to the readers, too. including those like you who are among my very faves!