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AlbuKirky Seasonings Bountiful Blog Giveaway

This is another “post and Run” about another great contest I came across today.  This contest is courtesy of AlbuKirky Seasonings (who I believe is currently a sponsor of one of my favorite online BBQ shows The BBQ Central Show).

AlbuKirky Giveaway Items

AlbuKirky Giveaway Items

The giveaway includes the following items:

  • One bottle of AlbuKirky Seasonings World Famous BBQ Rub
  • One bottle of AlbuKirky Seasonings BBQ Sauce
  • One AlbuKirky t-shirt (size large)
  • A copy of “Grill It” by Bobby Flay
  • One bar of Grime Soap by Buck Naked Stuff
The contest is easy to enter, and you can enter up to three times.  You can find the blog post outlining the contest details at http://albukirky.blogspot.com/2011/08/bountiful-blog-giveaway.html.  The contest ends at midnight MDT time on September 5th.  As always, let ‘em know that Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog sent you.  I appreciate it!

Arrrr, matey! I be tryin’ Pirate Jonny’s BBQ Rubs!

I had a chance recently to try out the Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub from Pirate Jonny’s with quite a bit of success.  Based on how that turned out, I was really excited about trying out 2 more of their rubs — original BBQ rub and Caribbean Barrr-B-Q rub.

As I believe I mentioned before, Pirate Jonny’s is based out of Tampa, FL, and specializes in BBQ and Caribbean spices and seasonings.  Their offerings range from a basic BBQ rub to a Cuban Mojo seasoning.  The Caribbean Barrr-B-Q rub placed 2nd in the 2011 National BBQ Association Awards of Excellence for BBQ rubs.  Today I will be featuring the Caribbean Barrr-B-Q rub as well as the Original BBQ rub.

Naked Observations

When taking a first look at the rubs, they looked very similar to one another in terms of color and composition.  The original BBQ rub was a little bit clumped together due to the amount of brown sugar.  The Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub contained not as much in the way of brown sugar as well as other spices to give it the unique flavor that it has.

Original Rub

Original Rub

Original Rub Close-Up

Original Rub Close-Up

Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub

Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub

Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub Close-Up

Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub Close-Up

The next step, naturally, was to take a taste test.  To completely oversimplify it, the original BBQ rub trends on the sweet side while the Caribbean Barrr-B-Q rub trends on the spicy side.  However, to leave it at that does the spices injustice.  The seasonings have a lot of Caribbean influence, especially in the Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub.

To the MEat of the Matter

I’ve been on a rib kick lately.  I wanted to use this seasoning on some baby back ribs.  However, the sample packs that I had did not really adequately season them like I wanted.  Then a thought occurred to me…  use ‘em both together!!  I slathered the ribs using Famous Dave’s Original BBQ sauce and then applied the majority of the original BBQ rub.  After refrigerating overnight, I then applied the Caribbean Barrr-B-Q rub to the ribs just before putting them in the cooker.

Seasoned Ribs, Ready to Go!

Seasoned Ribs, Ready to Go!

I went with a 2-1-1 cooking method for these ribs where I cooked the ribs uncovered for 2 hours at between 225 and 250 degrees.  Then I foiled the ribs and added some brown sugar and honey and cooked for an hour.  In the final hour of cooking, I unfoiled the ribs and added a glaze of BBQ sauce from Draper’s BBQ.  During this last hour, I also glazed the ribs with 30 minutes remaining.

Finished Product

Finished Product

The ribs had a beautiful dark red color to them, and they had an excellent flavor!  The seasonings did not overpower the meat but worked cohesively with the ribs.  Even my wife, who does not normally eat meat with bones in it, devoured her share of ribs.

The aftermath

The aftermath

Would I recommend these rubs?  Oh yeah!  If I had to pick a favorite, I would probably pick the Caribbean Barrr-B-Q Rub.  To me, that rub has an excellent balance of sweet, salty, and spicy to make it an excellent seasoning to use on your BBQ.

Pirate Jonny’s can be found on the web at http://www.piratejonnys.com, where they also have an online shopping cart.  You can also find Pirate Jonny’s on Facebook.  If you become a fan of  Pirate Jonny’s, tell ‘em Big Wayner sent you!

Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout Drawing

First off, I owe a huge “Thank  you” to the companies who contributed giveaways to Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout — C-Dub’s BBQ Rub, Draper’s BBQ, Willie’s Hog Dust, Uncle Kenny’s BBQ, and Pirate Jonny’s.  Second, I want to thank everyone who entered the contest and made it a huge success!  There were a grand total of 266 entries!!  As much as I would love to give everyone some sort of prize, I only have one bundle.

My first intent was to place a video of the drawing up on YouTube.  However, I ended up having technical difficulties doing so.  So I decided to simply take a picture of the winning entry…

The lucky winner!

The lucky winner!

Congratulations to our winner above!  You have 48 hours to email me at bigwaynerbbq@gmail.com so that I can get your prizes sent out to you.

Thanks again for entering Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout and making this a huge success!  Continue to follow Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog on Twitter and Facebook where I’ll continue to post reviews and other miscellaneous banter.

Big Wayner’s Birthday Blowout!

When was the last time you got a gift for someone else’s birthday?  Well if you are one lucky person, you will be getting quite a BBQ package for my birthday.  My Birthday Blowout BBQ Bundle is worth approximately $35 and consists of the following:

So now I know what you’re asking… how do I enter?  Because I want to give you as many chances as possible to enter, I’m going to offer multiple ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post — 1 entry, can do this daily.
  • Follow me on Twitter — 1 entry.
  • Become a fan of Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog on Facebook — 2 entries.
  • Subscribe to receive email notifications every time a new blog is posted (can be done under “Email Subscriptions”). — 2 entries.
  • Post “Happy early birthday to @brownkw #BigWaynersBirthdayBlowout” on Twitter — 1 entry, can do this daily.

This contest would not be possible without the BBQ rub and sauce companies being generous enough to contribute to the giveaway!  All of the companies have presences on Facebook and/or Twitter.  If you become a fan or follow them and let me k now that you did so, I’ll throw in an additional bonus entry per follow.

This contest will end at 11:59pm EST on Saturday, August 6.  The winner will be determined by a random drawing.  Only US residents are eligible.

Good luck, everyone!

Review: Pirate Jonny’s Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub

I was contacted by Terri Toner of Pirate Jonny’s LLC asking if I would like to review some of their rubs.  By now you know that I’m always game to try out new things.  Today’s article goes into detail about Pirate Jonny’s Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub.

Pirate Jonny's Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub

Pirate Jonny's Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub

Pirate Jonny’s is based out of Tampa, FL and specializes in rubs that are low-sodium, MSG free, and gluten free.  Their Caribbean Barr-B-Q rub won 2nd place in the 2011 National BBQ Association Awards in Excellence.  They offer several different products ranging from an original BBQ rub to a key lime chili seasoning.

Naked Observations

Some of the key ingredients in this rub include brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, sea salt, and coffee.  The rub is a browish-red color, as you can see below.  The aroma of the rub leans strongly towards coffee and chili powder, as does the taste.  The rub is not an overly salty rub.

Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub

Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub

Rub closeup

Rub closeup

To the Meat of the Matter

Steak.  Wonderful, glorious, juicy steak.  That is the meat du jour for this rub.  It advertises itself as a steak rub, why not try it out on a steak?  And when you mention steak, it’s sure hard to beat a ribeye.

Ribeye

Ribeye

I preheated the grill for indirect cooking to 450 degrees, seasoned the steak liberally with the rub, and cooked the steak on indirect heat for about 15 minutes.  After that 15 minutes, I turned the heat to high and seared the steak for about 5 minutes.  Below is the final result.

The finished product

The finished product

I’m going to preface this statement by saying I’m generally a terrible steak cook.  However…  this had to be the best tasting steak I’ve ever cooked.  The tenderness of the steak was absolutely perfect, and I probably could have used a butter knife to cut the steak.  The flavor of the steak was spot on.  The chili powder and paprika gave the steak a good color, and the coffee in the rub was the star.  Absolutely tasty!

If the rest of the products offered by Pirate Jonny’s is as good as the Caribbean Cowboy Steak Rub, then they have a bright future ahead.

The website for Pirate Jonny’s is http://piratejonnys.com, and they have an online store where you can purchase their products.  Pirate Jonny’s can also be found on Facebook here.

Book Review: Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned

For my birthday last year, my wife bought me a couple of BBQ and cooking-related books.  Up until recently, I did not take the time to really look into them.  Then a few weeks ago, I picked up one of them and really started to check it out.  That book is “Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned” by Elizabeth Karmel.

Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned

Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned cover

Elizabeth Karmel is the executive chef of Hill Country BBQ (with locations in New York and Washington, DC) and founder of Girls at the Grill, a website that advocates women using the grill.  Her North Carolina roots give her an insight into BBQ, and she has become one of the primary grilling and BBQ  resources for food writers and cookbook authors.

If you are a fan of sauces, rubs, marinades, or vinaigrettes, then you will absolutely love this book!  Karmel has broken down the 400 or so recipes into logical sections, and each section has an introductory segment dedicated to the transfer of knowledge for that particular subject.  She also includes a “Grilling 101″ section to go over the basics of grilling (including direct vs. indirect heat).

There are more sauce, rub, marinade, and glaze recipes than you can shake a stick at!  However, the absolute gem in this book is a small section at the beginning of the chapter for rubs where Karmel gives a chart for making your own rub.  It’s absolute genius!

While the book doesn’t necessarily have the down-home storytelling feel that Peace, Love, and Barbecue has, it does exactly what it’s advertised to do.  And it does it very well!

The book is available through most major book resellers such as Amazon.  However, you can purchase an autographed copy of the book through BBQ Pro Shop.

Giveaways and Contests and Prizes Galore!

Summer is in full swing, and so are all the great BBQ and grilling prize giveaways! So as a favor to you, here is a comprehensive list of BBQ and grilling prize contests and giveaways that I know of so far.

  • As I’ve recently posted, Kevin’s BBQ Joints is collaborating with LocalPages.com to give one lucky winner a gift certificate of up to $100 to any BBQ joint in the United States!  Link to the contest is here and is running until July 1st at noon PST.
  • Kevin is also collaborating with Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, TX for a giveaway.  Prizes include brisket, beef ribs, and an assortment of sauces and rubs.  This contest runs through June 30th, and more info can be found here.
  • Canadian BBQ blogger Wilfred Reinke (aka the Oshawa Ogre) has teamed up with Grill Charms to give away a set of Grill Charms — the Spicy Collection, to be precise.  The contest rules are on his blog.  This one ends on June 27th at midnight EST.
  • Interested in winning $50 worth of BBQ sauce, seasonings, and rubs from Iguana Isle?  Check out this contest courtesy of Man Up: Tales of Texas BBQ.  It ends at midnight on July 4th.
  • Grilling with Rich is celebrating his one year anniversary of being on the Internets with a nice package giveaway.  Details for entering this contest can be found here.  Contest ends on July 4th at 5:00pm (I assume EST).
  • Huck’s Hut is looking for a good slogan for their site, and the best entry gets the winner an 18-piece BBQ tool set and Hydro Blaster Grill Brush.  Think you can come up with a good entry?  You can submit entries here untilJune 29th at midnight.
Know of a contest that I forgot to mention above?  Please leave me a comment below, and I will add your contest!  

Best Of: June 12-19

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers and fathers-to-be out there!  It’s a late night “Best Of” post for this week since my wife and I just returned home from the beach about 2 hours ago.  Let’s see what happened this week…

  • Grilling with Rich gets an interview with Chris Lilly — vice president of Big Bob Gibson BBQ, head of the competition team that won the 2011 Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship, and all around BBQ legend.
  • So did Tom Porter of Big Butz BBQ Sauce survive his first KCBS competition?  Check out the results in his own words here as well as the aftermath.
  • Looking for tips on how to make that perfect “putting green” competition turn-in box?  Check out this great how-to article from DivaQ!
  • Baked beans with my BBQ?  Why I believe I will!  Check out this guest post on The BBQ Smoker Site written by Paul Haight of No Excuses BBQ.
  • And finally, Robyn Medlin Lindars (aka GrillGrrrl) shows us some tasty wings using Draper’s BBQ Sauce and rub..

Results for Father’s Day Frenzy with Draper’s BBQ Giveaway

First off, I want to thank Shane Draper at Draper’s BBQ for asking me to help him out with this contest.  We had a good response to the contest with 63 entries!  Most importantly, I want to thank all of you for entering the contest.  Without you, this contest would have not been possible.

For the drawing, I took all of the entries, sorted them in alphabetical order, and then used http://www.random.org to select three random numbers.  The following entries were selected in order of drawing:

  1. Winner of the 1-Pint Gift Pack (includes BBQ sauce, BBQ rub, and pint glass) — TheBBQDude (entered via Twitter)
  2. Winner of the BBQ sauce and BBQ rub bundle — Patrick Paquette
  3. Winner of a choice between BBQ sauce and BBQ rub — guardmp_MOM (entered via  Twitter)
If your name is listed as one of the winners, please contact Shane immediately at shane@drapersbbq.com with your shipping information.  Thank you once again to everyone who entered the contest, and I hope you continue to visit Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog for more contests, recipes, and other interesting things pertaining to the world of BBQ.

Father’s Day Frenzy with Draper’s BBQ — Final Push

As you may know, there is a little giveaway going on right now on this blog, courtesy of Draper’s BBQ.  Draper’s BBQ is offering up three great prizes for three different winners:

  1. One-pint gift pack, which includes a bottle of sauce, a bottle of rub, and a great pint glass
  2. BBQ Sauce and rub bundle
  3. Your choice of BBQ Sauce or rub.
As I mentioned on the blog entry for the contest, there are three different ways to enter — Facebook, Twitter, or this blog.  Now it’s time to give a little incentive for entering.  The methods of entering will be the same:
  1. Twitter — spread the word on Twitter!  Follow Draper’s BBQ on Twitter (@drapersbbq) and then tweet “I just entered the Father’s Day Frenzy with @drapersbbq Giveaway!  @brownkw  #drapersgiveaway”.
  2. Facebook — become a fan of Draper’s BBQ on Facebook here.  Leave a comment on his page about the way you’d use Draper’s BBQ Sauce and Rub if you win.  AS A BONUS, if you post a picture of your grilling or BBQ setup on the Draper’s BBQ Facebook page, you will get an additional bonus entry.
  3. This Blog — Post a comment below or on the original contest blog on how you would use Draper’s BBQ Sauce and Rub if you win.
Here’s the added bonus: for every friend that you refer to enter this contest that says they heard about it from you, you will receive a bonus entry into the contest!  How do you like that?  Your friends will get a chance to win, and you’ll get even more chances!
This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada and will end on Tuesday, June 14 at midnight EST (tomorrow night).  Winners will be announced the next day.
GOOD LUCK!!