For those with a good memory, you may remember back to a time where DJBBQ only had one book out and had a rub back then called ‘Mix of Rad’. Fast forward to 2020 and he has 3 books now and brand new line up of 6 rubs. These rubs have been in existence for a little while but us UK fans have had to wait to get our hands on them, so are they worth the wait?[Read more…]
I’m a bit of a sauce addict, I’m lucky that I get sent a fair few to try, many are very similar riffs off the same style, so it’s nice when I open a bottle and something a bit different jumps out.[Read more…]
Meat Church Rubs
If you have ever ventured into the world of buying a rub that has been imported from America, then you may well be familiar with the Meat Church brand. They long been a favourite of many a BBQ team and backyard BBQ fan and have seen their range expand year on year with new products.
Amongst the favourites are Honey Hog which puts down the best colour and sweet flavours onto your chosen meats, and they there is Honey Hog Hot which takes the same rub and kicks it up a little with some heat too. If Beef is your thing then Holy Cow is the one for you, taking its inspiration from Texas style BBQ which is where Meat Church are based, but also building on that and adding a little more to make it a competition level rub too.
A few years back a Bacon BBQ rub was added to the line-up and proved very popular, but the end of 2018 saw a limited edition Honey Bacon BBQ rub added to their line up and I knew I had to try it before it disappeared. Luckily in September last year I managed to get my hands on some, and taking no risks I made sure it was a 1lb bag to give me plenty of uses.
So let me start by saying this. It’s good. If you are into the sweet & salty thing that’s popular at the minute, then you need to give this a try. Luckily for us the rub is now available in the UK and Europe via www.bbqgourmet.co.uk in a generous 14oz shaker size for £11.95. I’ve used this rub on a few cooks now including some bacon wrapped meatballs and more recently on some bacon cinnamon rolls.
Yes, I rolled up some bacon into some cinnamon rolls and added in a shake of the rub too and cooked them on the BBQ. It was a taste sensation and a perfectly balanced and healthy breakfast. Proven to be at least 3 of your 5 a day. Go look up the Meat Church range and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Smokin’ Yankees BBQ Sauce
Apple & Whiskey are great friends for a lot of flavours, and in this Smokin’ Yankees Apple & Whiskey BBQ Sauce they certainly make for a wonderful naturally sweet, well thought out sauce. It’s really great seeing the BBQ scene developing in UK & Ireland, and there are some teams who are really getting their products out which is great to see. Unlike a lot of American sauces they are not too sweet, and it suits my palate perfectly. [Read more…]
Charcoal Meat Lipstick
There was an awful lot of excitement in the CountryWoodSmoke Facebook Group when Jess Pryles’ new BBQ rub Hardcore Carnivore Black arrived on these shores. For anyone not aware of her, Jess has shot to BBQ fame an Aussie living the BBQ life in Texas, and founder of the Australasian BBQ Alliance. This is one of her new rubs, the other being Hardcore Carnivore Red. The first of these rubs, the black version arrived at Great Outdoors BBQ Co. in Northern Ireland and they kindly sent me a tub to review.
As I like to do with dry rubs, I tried a little straight from the tub, the dark black colour from the charcoal makes for a very striking colour to the rub. Upon tasting, the first and biggest hit was garlic, then a taste I couldn’t quite pin down, perhaps from the charcoal, or the subtle spices. I decided to try on some venison steaks to see how it performed on a strong tasting red meat. I sprinkled the rub over the steaks and cooked quickly on a high heat direct over hot charcoal. The rub responded really nicely to the heat, probably a mix of the charcoal and sugar forming a lovely bark very quickly. The bark worked really well and the flavour of the garlic was lessened upon cooking, it was very delicious and worked really nicely. I’m looking forward to trying this rub on some more dark meats such as short rib and hanger steak, which I think it will work particularly well on. I look forward to further experiments.
Contact Roger Allen at Great Outdoors BBQ Co. for more details and availability.
I was sent the rub to try for free, but was free to give my opinion in this review.
Quiet Waters Farm Rubs and Sauces
This is less of a review, more of a heads up, you need these in your life shout out…
To be upfront, John Gower the man behind Quiet Waters Farm is a very good friend, we have cooked together, and spent many great times talking, drinking, cooking and eating. He also sells a couple of rubs we worked on together. So maybe I am a bit biased, but his rubs and sauces are something a bit special. John has delved into the world of flavours that work with food cooked with fire and smoke to come up with a real epic adventure of flavour. I’ve been lucky to try pretty much all of John’s products and love them all in their diversity.
Two new products that I have been fortunate to try as they have just come out are ‘Meat Splosh’ a rich fruity garlicky bad boy, that’s pretty perfect on a range of meats, I sploshed this thick sauce onto a rack of spares, and was bowled over with the heat and spice of this big hitter.
The new rubs I tired were Kellys Kansas Steak Rub, you can read more about how this rub came about from Kelly’s fab Dreaming of The Good Life blog it’s a great story about community and interactions, crossing over styles, flavours and textures of food to create something new and wonderful. I love it… I cooked it up on Picanha steaks and the complex spices, garlic and citrus really were quite stunning.
The other rub I recently tried was the Zui Hao Chinese style rub, I cooked up a Cherry Smoked Duck using the Zui Hao, kind of like a five spice but with some real depth of flavour, it worked so well with the duck, and helped the skin go nice and crispy. So if you want a flavour journey on your food and are looking to experience some amazing new flavours, then I suggest you visit Quiet Waters Farm website to see what’s going on..
Victory Lane BBQ
Victory Lane BBQ are a highly decorated American Competition BBQ team, led by Heath Riles. They produce a range of dry-rubs, sauces and injections that have been created off the back of years of competition circuit success. [Read more…]