Posts Tagged ‘Spice Rubs’
Gretchen and I are pleased to welcome many new products to BBQ Pro Shop. The latest offering is from The Rub Co which is out of California and they bring us three new All Natural rubs that we are sure you will just love.
Santa Maria Style – A blend of salt, garlic and spices, it is sure to spice up just about anything that you put it on. We have used it on roasted chicken and it is highly recommended to try it on beef as well.
Barbecue – It has a sweet touch of heat and is excellent on pork, chicken or in chili. This is a classic but very special rub.
Competition Style – This is the one that will win over the judges in your family. It has a sweet flavor and a little heat that will help let your friends and family know it is coming.
Original – This Original Rub from The Rub Co, is considered “Spicy” but it is also savory with a kick! Great way to spice up all meats and vegetables.
The Rub Company was formed to provide cooks of all types with top-notch, all natural seasonings. The offer gourmet rubs from high quality ingredients at an affordable price. BBQ Pro Shop has heard a lot about these rubs and we are more than confident that you will be blown away by The Rub Company’s second-to-none gourmet rubs.
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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!
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Cripple Creek Barbeque – The Little Company With a Big Conscience as their web site says, was someone that we stumbled upon while following our BBQ Tweets on Twitter (@BBQPRO). BBQ Pro Shop is working hard to search for rubs and sauces that are not only tough to find, but that are so good and wholesome that you cannot BBQ or Grill without them! When we went to their site, we realized that we needed to taste their products:
Cripple Creek Barbeque started from a love of good barbeque, the actual art of grilling, and the sauces and flavors used to create an unforgettable experience for the palate. Chef John Lynch, in a quest to create foods that aren’t full of sugars, artificial flavors, and chemicals, first created the spice combination that gives CCB its distinct flavor. That combination became the base of the sauces – blended with other all natural ingredients his sauces became rich, deep, and full of flavor. All of our sauces are all natural and contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.
That last piece was the kicker for us, we love all natural and organic products and some of the sauces we taste just seem like they are glorified ketchup. Not Cripple Creek Barbeque! First of all, their All Purpose Spice Rub is one of the most aromatic spice rubs I have ever had the pleasure to inhale. It has a fantastic blend of natural herbs and spices and it is not predominantly salt and sugar like some we have tasted. As part of our “BBQ Pro Shop” test we rubbed two chicken breasts and two pork chops with some Cripple Creek Barbeque All Purpose Spice Rub and the result was heavenly. If you like a southwest, chipolte flavor, this is the rub for you. We cannot wait to try them on Baby Back Ribs.
Their Chipolte BBQ Sauce and Original BBQ Sauce is a whole other story, but we will cover that in a future post. All of Cripple Creek Barbeque’s products are now available at BBQ Pro Shop and we have them on special so you can get them on your table!
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John Willingham’s Original Mild Rub or W’ham Seasoning as they call it in Memphis is one of our best selling BBQ spice rubs. We know why, it is just incredible. Willingham’s Original Mild has been my go to spice rub on ribs, pork chops and pork butts for my formidable years and is one of my favorites.
We Paired Willingham’s Original Mild Spice Rub with the Grill Friends Stainless Steel Rub Shaker so that you can have the best of both words and a really nice reusable shaker to make your own spice rubs or fill it with Mike Mills Magic Dust or John Willinghams W’ham!
Here are some Willingham’s W’ham Seasoning and Sweet and Sassy Sauce Tips:
- Split all beef or kosher hot dogs and sprinkle W’ham seasoning and then throw them on the grill under medium heat and let them cook low and slow.
- Add Willingham seasoning to your vinegar and oil dressing or other salad dressings or just sprinkle on top of you favorite salad for some added flavor.
- Sprinkle W’ham on tomatoes, cucumbers, or other vegis & allow to marinate
- Great on fresh apple slices
- Sprinkle and rub Willingham’s seasoning on Ribs, Chicken, Fish, Ham, Chops, Beef or Pork Roasts before oven baking, broiling, grilling or smoking.
Recipe for Willingham’s Meatloaf
Mix up your favorite meatloaf recipe.
Mix Willingham’s Mild or Willinghams Cajun spice rub with some tomato sauce.
In the last 10 minutes of baking, grilling or smoking your meatloaf, using the Grill Friends Silicone Angled Brush, apply a small amount of the BBQ sauce and W’ham mix over the meatloaf.
After it comes out of the oven do a 2nd light coating, let it cool and serve it hot.
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Since our good friend and mentor Elizabeth Karmel first introduced me to Willinghams Wham Seasoning, my life has never been the same. I used to work at a butcher shop as a kid, and there was nothing that couldn’t be seasoned better then with salt, pepper and garlic powder. People used to rave about my hamburgers just because I throw Lawry’s season salt on them and they never tasted better.
So I feel like I owe it to the Backyard BBQ Community, to share with you the secret of the “Spice Rub“. Karmel’s new book Soaked Slathered and Seasoned highlights the art of making things taste good and if everyone could see how easy it is, the world could be a happier, spicier place! Here are a couple of my favorite spice rubs because they are so darn good.
Spice rub is any mixture of ground spices that is made for the purpose of being rubbed on raw food before the food is cooked. The spice rub forms a coat on the food. The food can be marinated in the spice rub for some time for the flavors to incorporate into the food or it can be cooked immediately after it is coated in the rub. The spices are usually coarsely ground. In addition to spices, salt and sugar may be added to the rub, the salt for flavor and the sugar for caramelization.
Wilingham’s Original Mild Spice Rub is one of the very best, all around spice rubs that I have found. We recently started to sell the Willingham’s Cajun Hot Seasoning and although it is supposed to be hotter, I find that both rubs have a nice kick to them. The original Wham is fantastic on pork chops, baby back ribs and pulled pork butts. It has a great taste to it that really compliments the pork. We have also used Willingham’s spice rub on chicken breasts, boneless and bone in and it really gives a great bbq base flavor to the food. Rub this on a few hours before cooking, put it in the fridge until cooking time and you will form a great marinade on the top.
We recently added Plowboys BBQ Bovine Bold Spice Rub and Plowboys BBQ Yardbird Spice Rub to our store to expand upon the world of spice rubs that we carry. So we put it to the test this past week and put some Plowboys BBQ Yardbird on the chicken and pork chops and we made some chicken with the Bovine Bold on it and both were fantastic. It is nice to see that these spice rubs work great on just about anything, but I must say that the Plowboys BBQ Yardbird on Pork Chops, rivaled the Willingham’s Wham! Use the same steps as above and make sure that you slow cook the meat, even on the grill so that it doesn’t dry out and the juice mixes with the spice rub.
Finally, if you only use one type of seasoning for your chicken for the rest of your life, make it Sarah’s Sea Salt Mediterranean Salt. It has the most delicious blend of spices, and on chicken it is tough to beat. We recommend a whole chicken, cooked on a Chicken Sitter Stand with some beer, wine or just plain old water poured inside the chicken sitter. Then wash the chicken in cold water, rub some olive oil on the skin and sprinkle the Sara’s Sea Mediterranean Salt all over the chicken. Place on your grill or smoker, with indirect heat for 45 minutes to an hour and you will end up with a crispy skinned, melt in your mouth meat chicken that is so tasty! Try the same with Nantucket Off Shore Renaissance Spice Rub and you will get the same result, just a little spicier version.
The fact is that with a few of these BBQ spice rubs in your kitchen, you can make any mean taste gourmet in just a few minutes. Life is too short not to season your meats, and grilling items, this is great on vegetables and even better on fish! So try a spice rub today and start to make your BBQ taste like the Pros.
What is your favorite rub?