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Review: Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” Sauce

Not too long ago, I did a review on Doomer’s Original “Q” Sauce.  When Todd sent me this sauce to review, he also sent his other two sauces — Dark and Hot & Spicy.  Today you’ll see what I think about his Hot & Spicy Sauce.

Naked Observations

Like the original Q sauce, Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” sauce pours out not quite as thick as a typical Kansas City style sauce.  However, it’s a bit thicker than a pure vinegar-based sauce.  It has a nice dark red color.  You can also see specks of pepper and other spices in the sauce.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

When I tasted the sauce, I again got the contrasting flavors of sweet and tangy working together.  The black pepper was definitely present and on the forefront.  However, unlike the original sauce, there was some noticeable back heat.  It was not terribly overpowering, but I definitely knew it was there.

To the Meat of the Matter

I actually tried this sauce in a couple of different manners.  The first was about a week or so ago.  I picked up a BBQ pork sandwich and some mac & cheese from Rock Store BBQ and brought it home.  I used Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q Sauce on there.  In this picture, you get a better feel of the consistency and thickness of the sauce.

The sauce worked nicely on the sandwich.  It blended down into the meat, thus allowing some of the flavor to be distributed more.  The heat was noticeable but not overly prevalent.  Again, I definitely tasted pepper.

The second time to use this sauce was on some chicken thighs as part of a cook to try out multiple sauces.  I took some chicken thighs, trimmed them up some, and seasoned them with chicken rub from Bandiola Spice Co.

The thighs are then put on the Weber kettle grill skin-side down for 10 minutes (using Kingsford charcoal and wine-infused oak from Greenleaf BBQ).  Afterwards, I flipped the thighs and sauced them.  The thighs sauced with Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q sauce are the two that are to the left of the ones sauced with the mustard-based sauce.

After about 20 more minutes on the grill, I pull them off the grill and plate them.  And I have to admit… I really, REALLY liked the look of the thighs with the Doomer’s Hot & Spicy Q Sauce.

I was very pleased with how these thighs turned out.  They had a great color.  The meat was very moist and tasty.  There was a little bit of heat, but nothing overly overpowering.  All in all, a nice flavor.

If you are interested in finding out more about Doomer’s Hot & Spicy “Q” Sauce or about any of the other sauces, you can go to http://www.doomersonline.com.  You can also find Doomer’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Review: Dead End BBQ, Knoxville, TN

For our return trip from Lynchburg, Jay Prince and I ended up travelling through Knoxville, TN.  Naturally, I sent out a tweet asking if anyone had any recommendations for good BBQ in Knoxville.  Within 5 minutes or so, I got a response giving me a place to try out.  So we made a beeline for Dead End BBQ in Knoxville, TN.

At the end of a dead-end street, a group of neighbors gathered to hone and perfect the art of barbecue.  From this group the Dead End Society was formed.  Owners George Ewart and Robert Nutt continued to hone their craft in the dead end as well as on the competition BBQ circuit, and the end result was Dead End BBQ located on Sutherland Ave. in Knoxville, TN!

The restaurant was very neat and clean when we walked in.  The kitchen is partially open, but the area where the smoker is located and the meat prepared is completely transparent and behind a glass window.  The walls are decorated with memorabilia from the area, and some of the walls contain relevant quotes from famous people in the world of BBQ.

I decided to go with a combination plate of pork and brisket with pimento mac & cheese and beans & smoked sausage.  While waiting for my order, I found that Dead End BBQ offers three different sauces, each varying in levels of heat from a mild sauce to a hot sauce.

After about 5-10 minutes, my order arrived, and I have to admit that the food sure did look tasty!  I couldn’t wait to dig in!

Both the pork and beef brisket had an excellent flavor, and I could tell that this was some serious ‘que.  The only drawback was that it was slightly dry.  Saucing the pork definitely helped.  I tried all three of the sauces with pork (because I just can’t bring myself to voluntarily sauce brisket).  All three of the sauces were excellent.  The mild sauce was sweet and reminded me of a sauce made from beer or some other alcoholic beverage (maybe rum or whiskey).   The medium sauce, my personal favorite, added a touch of heat on the back end to let you know that it was there.  The hot sauce packed more heat and flavor into its punch.

The sides were excellent!  The mac & cheese was a very tasty and rich mac & cheese.  The beans and smoked sausage — wow!  I could have made an entire meal off of a large bowl of that!  It was a perfect blend of proteins that complemented each other very well.

The price point was right about where I expected for a combination platter, so it wasn’t insanely expensive.  I think the guys who run this place definitely have a good thing going on with Dead End BBQ.  I just happened to get some meat that was a little dry, but I won’t let that stop me from recommending this place.

Dead End BBQ is located at 3621 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37919.  You can find their website at http://www.deadendbbq.com, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Dimples BBQ Sauce Makes Me Smile!

After reading a review done by my good friend and colleague Wilfred Reinke (aka the Oshawa Ogre) on this sauce, I knew I had to give it a shot for a couple of reasons.  First off, Dimples BBQ Sauce is a North Carolina product, and I’m always game for trying local products.  Second, if it gets a great review from the Oshawa Ogre, then I’m more eager to try it!

A few weeks ago, Dimples BBQ Sauce ran a contest on Facebook giving away a bottle of sauce.  While I did not win the contest, Rich from Dimples was gracious enough to send me a bottle to review.  I finally got a chance to try it out tonight.

Dimples BBQ Sauce

Dimples BBQ Sauce

A little bit on Dimples — the sauce is the brain child of Rich Campana of Raleigh, NC.  Like all good sauces, Dimples got its start from hearing people say over and over that they should sell the sauce.

Naked Observations

The sauce has a nice, smooth texture.  There’s not much in the way of spices or pepper flakes visibly present in the sauce.  Thickness is good… not too thin, but not so thick that it’s hard to pour out of the bottle.

Sauce Swatch

Sauce Swatch

So like I do with all sauces, I take a taste.  WOW!  This sauce has a great flavor!  It’s a great sweet and smoky sauce.  Not a lot of heat on this sauce.  All in all, my taste buds were jumping for joy, and I was looking forward to how it’d work on some meat.

To the Meat of the Matter

My wife pulled out some leftover pulled pork out of the freezer from a cook I did a couple of weekends ago.  So it was time for some pulled pork sandwiches!

Sandwich with Dimples BBQ Sauce

Sandwich with Dimples BBQ Sauce

Close-up of Saucy Goodness

Close-up of Saucy Goodness

The sauce blended very very well with the pork!  The flavors complemented the pork in a beautiful blend of BBQ harmony.  I could use this sauce with just about everything — especially a nice rack of ribs!!

This is a sauce that I wholeheartedly recommend with no reservations whatsoever!  Rich, if you’re reading this… I can’t wait for you to get your product into the Charlotte market!

Dimples BBQ Sauce can be found online at http://www.dimplesbbqsauce.com.  You can also find them on Facebook.

Review: Kyle Fletcher’s BBQ — Gastonia, NC

Last weekend after work, I hopped on I-85 heading towards the mountains of western North Carolina to judge in Franklin, NC.  I couldn’t for the life of me decide where I should stop for dinner.  One of my co-workers mentioned that I should try Kyle Fletcher’s BBQ in Gastonia, NC.  Sure, why not?

Obligatory Signage

Obligatory Signage

Kyle Fletcher's BBQ

Kyle Fletcher's BBQ

Kyle’s is the quintessential barbecue joint.  It’s literally a little hole-in-the-wall building.  Parking is very much at a premium.  Kyle’s only accepts cash (so make sure that you make an ATM visit before stopping here).  Seating is done based on the honor system where everyone seats themselves.  And finally, when you step inside, you will have no doubts whatsoever that you are in a North Carolina BBQ joint — the interior decor is covered in all things UNC and NASCAR.

Interior

Interior

After browsing the menu, I decided on a large BBQ plate with hush puppies, fries, baked beans, and slaw (which ran about $7).  Naturally, I had sweet tea to drink (and quite a lot of it that night — I was really thirsty).  About 5-10 minutes after ordering, my food came out.

Large pulled BBQ plate

Large pulled BBQ plate

The slaw was a finely chopped slaw.  It was a faint pink color, caused from (I believe) mixing BBQ sauce into a white slaw mixture.  It had a nice balance of sweet and tang to it while maintaining a good texture.  The beans were nice and bold, although I would’ve liked to have seen some green bell pepper or onion in the beans.  The fries were nothing special, quite frankly, and the hush puppies were above average.

And now… the pork…

Pork close-up

Pork close-up

The pork was very moist and flavorful.  The consistency of the meat was between a coarse pull and a chop, so there was some texture retained.  There was a definite smoke flavor to the meat.  I also tried the pork with their two sauces — a sweet tomato-based sauce and a vinegar-based sauce that was supposed to be hot.  The vinegar-based sauce was not as hot as I thought it would be and did not add much flavor to the meat.  The tomato-based sauce, however, was quite excellent and would work well on any sort of meat.

Oh, and I did snag a photo of their cookers.  Kyle Fletcher’s cooks their BBQ behind their restaurant using hickory wood.

One of the cookers

The cooking area

So is this joint worth a repeat visit?  I’d say so.  And judging by the crowd I experienced when I was there, others are probably thinking the same thing.

Kyle Fletcher’s BBQ is located at 4507 Wilkinson Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28056.  They accept cash only.  I could not readily find their hours of operation.  If someone happens to know, I would certainly appreciate knowing as well!

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Review: 521 BBQ & Grill — Indian Land, SC

I was out and about on a Saturday in the southern part of Charlotte, NC.  I realized that I was within striking distance of a BBQ joint that I had not tried yet.  So at the recommendation of my friend Steve Gibbs, I decided to stop in at 521 BBQ & Grill in Indian Land, SC.

521 BBQ & Grill

521 BBQ & Grill

This BBQ joint is located approximately 10-15 minutes from the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, just over the NC/SC state line.  The decor of the place is very down-home, with picnic tables nestled among standard restaurant tables.

Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior

The menu at 521 BBQ & Grill offers pulled pork and ribs as well as items off of the grill (pork chops, chicken, etc.).  After perusing the menu for a few minutes (and soliciting the advice of the super-cute waitress who took care of me), I decided on the BBQ tray which consists of pulled pork (which ended up looking closer to chopped than pulled), fries, and hush puppies.

BBQ Tray

BBQ Tray

The first bite of pork was just a little bit on the dry side.  After that, it was absolutely delicious!  The pork had a beautiful color, with bits and pieces of the outside bark mixed in.  It had a nice touch of smoke in the taste, thus allowing the pork to be the star.

Pork Close-up

Pork Close-up

I’ll visit the sides shortly, but I want to talk about the sauces.  There are 2 different sauces available — a thick sweet Kansas City style sauce and a vinegar based sauce.

Sauces -- KC style on the left, vinegar on the right

Sauces -- KC style on the left, vinegar on the right

The KC style sauce was very thick, very sweet, with a nice touch of smoke.  It went well with the pork.  The vinegar-based sauce, on the other hand…  it was fabulous!  The color of the sauce is a darker color than most traditional vinegar-based sauces (very similar to the homemade vinegar-based sauce that I make).  This sauce really gave the pork that extra zing.  Excellent sauce!

Now, back to the sides…  the fries were fried up perfectly.  They were very crispy and flavorful on the outside.  The hush puppies were tasty as well, although I would’ve liked to have seen just a touch more flavor in them.  Nevertheless, I ate them anyway.

A Happy BBQ Tray

A Happy BBQ Tray

So is it worth the trip from Charlotte to Indian Land to check out this joint?  Without a doubt!  I’m certainly glad I checked it out.

521 BBQ & Grill is located at 7580 Charlotte Highway, Suite 100, Indian Land, SC 29707.  Their website is http://www.521bbqandgrill.com, and they can also be found on Facebook.

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Review: Hubba Hubba Smokehouse — Flat Rock, NC

One of my favorite blogs to follow is Kevin’s BBQ Joints.  Earlier this year, I was reading a blog post talking about the favorite BBQ joints of Amy Mills Tunnicliffe.  When I saw Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC mentioned, my first thought was, “Hey, that’s close to my in-laws!”  Well this past weekend, my father-in-law and I decided to give it a shot.

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse

If you’re not keeping your eye out as you drive, you may very well miss this joint!  It is set off the road behind a collection of shops and eateries in Flat Rock, NC.  There is no indoor seating — instead, there are multiple outdoor seats available ranging from picnic tables to covered seating areas.  Ordering is done at one window, and food is picked up from the other.  One thing that gave me encouragement was the big woodpile.  According to the website for the smokehouse, they are supposedly one of only 30 wood-fired smokehouses in the state of North Carolina.

The wood pile

The wood pile

Watch out for the chickens!

Watch out for the chickens!

Both my father-in-law and I decided to order the pork plate — I ordered mine with cole slaw and potato salad, while he ordered his with cole slaw and baked beans.

Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw and Potato Salad

Pulled Pork with Cole Slaw and Potato Salad

The pulled pork had good flavor.  It was not overly smoky, and I could actually taste the meat and not some sauce.  The one word to describe the slaw — fresh.  The slaw had very little liquid base and almost consisted entirely of veggie goodness.  The potato salad had a very interesting flavor — it was a blend of a white potato salad and a classic yellow potato salad.

While ordering, I saw a slew of sauces at the counter (try saying that 3 times fast…).  I decided to get a sample of each and give them a shot.

The Sauces

The Sauces (from L to R: original, mustard, vinegar, chipotle, tomatillo)

I was expecting the tomato sauce to be a little bit sweeter, but it tasted fine by itself.  It gave the pork a little more flavor as well.  The mustard-based sauce is your classic SC mustard sauce and would work well on a pulled pork sandwich.  The vinegar sauce holds true to the eastern Carolina style vinegar based sauce.  The chipotle had a nice smoky kick to it — not overpowering, but enough to balance out the flavors.  The tomatillo sauce was interesting — it reminded me of some grilling sauces I’ve had in the past in terms of its fresh taste.

All in all, I enjoyed the trip to Hubba Hubba Smokehouse and would not hesitate to return there again.

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse is located at 2724 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731.  Their website is http://www.hubbahubbasmokehouse.com/, and they can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Review: Jake’s Good Eats — Charlotte, NC

As far as restaurants go, this is a departure from the typical restaurant that I would review on here.  However, after seeing Jake’s Good Eats featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and  Dives”, I knew I would have to check it out (especially since it’s located within a 10 minute drive of my house).  After months of mentioning it to my wife, I finally convinced her to go to dinner there last night.

Jake's Good Eats -- Guy Ate There

Jake's Good Eats -- Guy Ate There

Jake’s Good Eats is located in a building that was originally built as a Gulf filling station in 1929.  The restaurant opened in 2008 and has quite a loyal following, especially among local residents.  Much of the original structure of the building is still in use, and the restaurant’s decor is perfectly accented to give diners the feeling of going back in time.

The menu is a blend of old Southern and new Southern cuisine, with such offerings as fried green tomatoes and crawfish/shrimp etouffee.  Their most well-known items are the venison quesadilla appetizer and maple-glazed pork chop entree.  Entrees are served after 5pm, while the lunch menu is available all day.  Entrees range from $8 for a vegetable plate to $23 for a New York strip steak, while lunch items are priced from $4 to $9.

Now… on to the food porn!  Heather and I decided to split the spinach and artichoke dip appetizer.

Spinach and artichoke dip

Spinach and artichoke dip

The dip itself was not too heavy or rich, and the spinach was very fresh!  The homemade tortilla chips were absolutely delicious, and both my wife and I concluded that we could have made an appetizer on just the chips alone.

We both decided to order from the lunch menu on this visit.  I went with the BBQ plate with white slaw and homemade chips, while Heather ordered the cheeseburger “all the way” with chili, mustard, and onions.  (Slaw is also available, but she requested no slaw).

BBQ pork plate with slaw and homemade chips

BBQ pork plate with slaw and homemade chips

Cheeseburger "all the way" with chips

Cheeseburger "all the way" with chips

My wife kept on saying “Mmmmm, that’s good!” with each bite of her cheeseburger, so I’m going to guess that she liked her meal.  The BBQ plate — -chopped pork with an Eastern Carolina style vinegar sauce — was excellent in flavor.  There was not very much smoke in it, but I did not expect there to be much smoke.  The slaw was very fresh and not overly heavy, a perfect complement with the pork.

We also splurged for dessert.  I ordered the banana pudding, and she ordered a slice of chocolate and almond butter mousse pie.

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Chocolate and almond butter mousse pie

Chocolate and almond butter mousse pie

In one word: WOW!  Both desserts were very rich and delightful.  I started out with the banana pudding, and Heather had the pie.  About halfway through, we ended up switching desserts.  Either way, it was a winning proposition.  If I had one complaint to make about Jake’s Good Eats, it’s that there were several flies in the dining room that kept irritating us throughout our meal.

As we were walking out to the car, my wife turned to me and said, “You did a bad thing, Wayne, by showing me this place.”  That pretty much sums up our feelings on Jake’s Good Eats, as we will definitely be returning to dine here again.

Jake’s Good Eats is located at 12721 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte, NC 28227.  Their hours are from Tuesday thru Thursday from 11am until 9pm.  On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 11am until 2:30pm and from 5pm until 9pm.  Their website is http://www.jakesgoodeats.com.

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Review: Sauceman’s BBQ, Pizza, and Grill — Charlotte, NC

I am always on the lookout for new places to try in and around Charlotte.  So when one of my employer’s clients suggested that I try Sauceman’s in Charlotte, I decided to give it a shot.

Sauceman's

Sauceman's

When I first pulled up the website, I saw that they also did pizza and grill-style foods in addition to BBQ.  I was a little concerned (unjustifiably so) in that the ‘que here was going to be sub-par.  Then I continued reading through their site to find out more about them.  Sauceman’s was founded in 2010 and specializes in North Carolina style BBQ (Lexington style, to be specific).  It is located in the South End district of Charlotte, NC  at the corner of Tryon St. and West Blvd.

At Sauceman’s, you place your order and pay for it, and then your order is brought out to you.  After browsing the menu for a bit, I decided to order the coarse chopped BBQ plate (which comes with hush puppies and slaw) with potato salad as my side of choice.  Less than five minutes after paying for my order, out comes my plate.

Coarse Chopped BBQ plate

Coarse Chopped BBQ plate

One bite into the pork, and my taste buds jumped for joy!  This was some of the most flavorful and moist pork that I have tasted.  There were nice big chunks of bark in the pork that were super tasty, and the meat itself was very moist!  The slaw (a red slaw — white slaw is also available) was very vinegary and peppery.  It may be a little too vinegary and peppery if you are not used to this style of slaw.  The potato salad was very delicious, with nice large pieces of potatoes that weren’t overly slathered.  The hush puppies were very large and very crispy!

I got to speak with Zach Goodyear, the pitmaster for Sauceman’s.  We had a very pleasant conversation and talked about some of the many good things in store for Sauceman’s.  After speaking with him, I decided to take a look at their sauces.  There are three different sauces available — a vinegar-based sauce, a sweet tomato-based sauce, and a mustard-based sauce.

Sauces from Sauceman's

Sauces from Sauceman's -- tomato-based on the left, mustard-based on the right

The vinegar-based sauce (not pictured) was a classic eastern-Carolina style vinegar sauce that was very tasty.  It  would work very well as a dipping sauce for the pork, if so desired.  The tomato-based sauce was very, very sweet with predominant flavors of brown sugar and molasses.  The mustard-based sauce was also sweet, although not as sweet as the tomato-based sauce.  It also had a little bit of kick to it in terms of spice and heat, though not enough to be overpowering and predominant.

I was getting ready to leave when I saw this beast of a sandwich show up at a neighboring table.  Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the Clark Griswald.

The "Clark Griswald"

The "Clark Griswald"

The “Clark Griswald” stands at a whopping 3 lbs of pork (although the guy working the register told me that it was 4 lbs) and is served with slaw, hush puppies, and choice of side.  And if you can finish this beast in 30 minutes or less, it’s on the house.  Otherwise, it’s $14.99.  That’s still a heckuva deal for that much pig!!

I can gladly say that I will be adding Sauceman’s to my list of places to visit over and over again for BBQ in Charlotte, and I suggest that you should too!

Sauceman’s is located at 228 West Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28202.  Their website is http://www.saucemans.com.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Confessions of a First-Time KCBS Judge

As a lot of you probably already know, I like barbecue a little bit.  If you didn’t know that… well now you know.  In October of last year, I finally broke down and joined the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS).  Soon after joining, I learn that there would be a judging class in November of that same year not too far from where I live.  I took the class and joined that elite society known as KCBS judges.

With my newly anointed judgedom, I set off in search of competitions to which I could apply to be a judge.  One of the first competitions I was accepted to judge for was the Firehouse BBQ Cookoff in Kings Mountain, NC.  For those who are interested in the results, you can find them here.  As the day grew closer, I started to get a little more nervous.  Even though the judging class was very thorough in covering what to expect for judging a competition, I was still not sure what to expect.

For those of you who do not know, KCBS-sanctioned competitions have four main meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.  These categories are judged according to set criteria.  Each individual contest may have additional ancillary categories, but they each have the four meats.

Once I walked in and was given my assigned table, it was like an episode of Cheers — where everyone knows your name.  The others at the same table as me were all very friendly and pleasant to talk to and made this newcomer feel welcome!  Once again, my perception of BBQ people being absolutely genuine held true!

Now to my opinions on the food… it was all excellent!  Each piece of chicken, rib, serving of pork, and brisket was all very tasty.  Obviously some were more tasty than others.  The one thing I did notice — especially with ribs and chicken — is that an overly sweet sauce was used as a glaze on the meat.  Now I don’t mind sauce on chicken or ribs… but the sauces seem to take away from the meat rather than enhance it.  The sauces seem to be just sweet and didn’t really have any depth to them.  I’m not sure if this is a trend in competitions nowadays.  Maybe one of the competitors can give me some insight into it.

All in all, the money and time invested in becoming a judge was absolutely worth it!  The Firehouse BBQ Cookoff was well organized and fun to judge.  I’m looking forward to future competitions and hopefully applying to judge the Firehouse BBQ Cookoff again!

Makin’ Some Grub with C-Dub’s BBQ Rub

It’s really amazing how the BBQ world has really embraced Twitter.  Who would’ve ever thought that we could talk so much, establish close ties, and build friendships in 140 characters or less?  That continually amazes me!

Not too long ago, I met some of my Twitter friends in real-life when Charles & Allegra Wilson of C-Dub’s BBQ Rub came to the Carolinas for a visit.  I previously wrote about this meeting.  They were kind enough to give me some of their rub, and I’ve had a chance to use it over the last few days.

A little bit about C-Dub’s… C-Dub’s is based in Washington state, which is better known for its coffee than its BBQ.  It is a family and veteran-run business.  Charles uses his North Carolina roots to produce and market a line of quality rubs at reasonable prices.

The first rub I decided to try is the original All Natural BBQ rub.  It is composed of garlic, pepper, sugar, salt and other spices.  Below are my naked observations…

Naked Observations

In order to better show the rub’s color, I decided to sprinkle some onto a paper towel.  Naturally, I took a picture:

C-Dub's BBQ Rub Close-Up

C-Dub's BBQ Rub Close-Up

At an initial glance, the rub has a very good color that is typical of most BBQ rubs.  However, a close-up shot reveals just how many spices are in play here with the rub.  I took a small taste and found that I tasted garlic more than I did salt (which is a pleasant change).  I also tasted a hint of something smoky within the rub.  It wasn’t an overpowering flavor, but very complementary in terms of the other flavor profiles present in the rub.

C-Dub’s suggests to cook your food low and slow when using their rub.  However, since I was preparing this meal after work, I would have to make use of the gas grill and cook some pork chops.  I lightly coated the chops with vegetable oil and then gave them a generous helping of the rub.  The rub gave the chops a nice beautiful red color.

Pork chops seasoned up

Pork chops seasoned up

After cooking for 20-25 minutes, the chops came off the grill.  I was able to get some pretty decent looking grill marks on the pork chops.

Finished pork chops

Finished pork chops

I could taste the flavors of the rub as I bit into the pork chop.  The flavor profiles present in the rub balanced quite nicely with the flavor of the pork.  I made a note to definitely use this again in the future.  Turns out the future was much sooner than expected…

When I purchased the pork chops, I also purchased some boneless skinless chicken breasts (because my wife won’t eat meat with bones in it…  don’t bother, I’ve already tried).  I finally got around to cooking the chicken breasts (again, on the gas grill…  I’m on a lazy streak).  Since there were four pieces of chicken to cook, I decide to do half of them using C-Dub’s Original BBQ Rub and the other half using C-Dub’s VooDoo Rub.

Naked Observations

The consistency of the VooDoo Rub was very similar to that of the Original BBQ Rub.  A quick taste test confirmed very similar flavor profiles, with the exception of the heat factor.  It had a very nice heat — it was not overbearing but it definitely let you know that it was there.

C-Dubs VooDoo Rub Close-up

C-Dubs VooDoo Rub Close-up

As I mentioned before, I grilled four pieces of chicken.  I used C-Dub’s Original BBQ Rub on half of them, with the rest getting rubbed with C-Dub’s VooDoo Rub.  The package of VooDoo Rub was a “One Nighter” (intended for one meal), but luckily there was enough left over for a “nooner” another day!  :P

Seasoned Chicken Breasts

Seasoned Chicken Breasts -- Original on the left, VooDoo on the right

After spending 20 minutes on the grill, I sauced the chicken breasts.  The pieces that had the Original BBQ Rub were sauced with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce, while the ones with the VooDoo Rub got a basting with the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ (read my previous review of Uncle Kenny’s Spicy BBQ Sauce here).

Chicken's Done!

Chicken's Done! Spicy on the left, regular on the right.

The flavor of the chicken was great!  My choice for the night was the spicy chicken.  And it was definitely spicy.  The heat from the rub and the sauce kept me wanting more….  (water, that is).

For anyone who is interested in ordering some of C-Dub’s rubs, you can do so on their website at http://www.cdubsrub.com.  They also have a presence on Facebook and Twitter if you would like to follow them there.