Dark and Sticky
The best of the U.S. in the U.K.
As the growth in U.S. style BBQ grows, there’s a real need for products imported from the U.S. and especially a little guidance as to what is good to help us through the vast array of available products. Dry rubs and Sauces are now easy to get hold of here in the U.K. thanks to BBQ Gourmet which has been bringing over the best of U.S. sauces and rubs since 2013, the owner Richard is passionate about his BBQ, and stocks a great range. I picked up a few of the well rated rubs and sauces, including the Oakridge BBQ “Black Ops” Rub above, I tested this on some thick Beef Ribs, and was impressed as to how it just seemed to amplify the beefiness of the meat. A lot of this will be due to the umami kick of the Shittake Mushrooms in it. Great stuff, the CowTown Hog Rub was nice, but like a lot of the hog dry rubs a little one dimensional for me, but still will give good results. Overall really impressed with the range BBQ Gourmet stock and the service, delivery was quick and efficient.
New British BBQ
The Racks Of Ruin Original BBQ Sauce is the end result of the passion for BBQ from the Racks of Ruin BBQ Team.
There’s a move away from many of the US style BBQ sauces and rubs, which to many of our tastes here in the UK we often find too sweet or salty, we also like to pep things up with more herbs and spice.
Finding a balance of flavours is a real art, and this was achieved perfectly in this sauce, enough to win it a Great Taste Award, well deserved for the master behind the sauce Phil Newton.
I love this sauce, it works so well with ribs, chicken, and can hold itself up against stronger tasting beef ribs and brisket. Well balanced, just the right amount of sweetness, a lingering heat and a real porky hit. If this is the new wave of British BBQ Sauce, then we are onto a good thing.
Brush on or dip, the choice is yours.