We have had an influx of new rubs and sauces at the BBQ Pro Shop and last night we felt like Skirt Steaks and thought we should try them with Rub rather than the usual Soy Vey which is our standard. So last night we did a Skirt Steak Smackdown and compared Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub, Smokin Rub Steak Seasoning, and Wine Country Chef Organic BBQ Spice Rub just to see how they all taste on a cheap steak like skirt steak.
Having worked at butcher shop for many years in high school, trimming skirt steaks, grilling skirt steaks, I discovered that the secret to the perfect skirt steak is to have it tenderized at the butcher. Gretchen discovered that Whole Foods will run it through their tenderizer for you and this opens up the meat, makes it pretty thin and allows it to be tender and delicious. The thicker the better if you like it somewhat rare, but if you marinate or put rub on it, the taste is fantastic.
So we seasoned up the steaks and put them on the grill directly over high heat and it is important to pay close attention to the grill as depending on the thickness of the steak, it could burn. As you could see from the photo these were really thin, so a quick sear on each side usually does the trick. After grilling these, I rubbed the Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub and then sauced it after coming off the grill with Cripple Creek Barbeque Roasted Garlic Sauce (Unavailable at press time, thanks @cripplecreekBBQ) and it was delicious. The spice in the rub combined perfectly with the spice in the sauces and the garlic flavoring was just perfect. Loved it!
The next steak was seasoned with Smokin Rub Steak Seasoning which is coming very soon to BBQ Pro Shop and then sauced with Big Butz BBQ Sauce – Original which was our first try of big butz and the first time we used Smokin Rub Steak Seasoning as well. We found that the Smokin Rub Steak Seasoning was perfect on steak! It combined the seasonings and taste you would expect on steak and it brought out the flavor of the meat more than anything. Our belief is that this is all about the meat, especially when you are spending money on beef, that you can taste it.
The Big Butz BBQ Sauce – Original was sublime, what Gretchen I felt was the classic, perfect BBQ sauce. Great sweetness, smokey flavor and a little spicy bite that lets you know that this was made with some love! This sauce is homeade in small batches and we just loved it Complimented the steak and allowed the flavor of the meat through which was pretty exciting that it didn’t over power the meat. Got my wife singing, “I like Big Butz….” Buy it at BBQ Pro Shop and it comes in a lot of flavors, check it out in our BBQ Sauces section.
Finally, we loved the Wine Country Chef Organic BBQ Spice Rub as these organic ingredients in the rub make it so flavorful and it really does excite the senses from the aroma of the spices to the natural flavor of the organic spice rub. Gretchen felt like it had somewhat of a peppery overtone that she did not like, however I love pepper on my steak/beef, and along with the other flavors this worked out really well. I dipped the Wine Country Chef Organic BBQ Spice Rub steak in both of the sauces and the result was very complimentary.
This wasn’t a competition as much as a tasting and although we preferred some over the other, we believe in all of the products that we carry. Give all of these Spices and Rubs and try by ordering today at BBQ Pro Shop or on Amazon!