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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.

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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!

Top Five Gifts for BBQers Under $50

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We all like getting gifts, right?  It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like a good gift every now and then.  If you are looking for a good gift to get that special BBQ guru in your family, then let me offer some suggestions sure to make that special person happy:

1.  BBQ SAUCES AND RUBS

We all like trying new sauces and rubs.  Sometimes we find ones that may be good for everyday grilling, and sometimes we find those special combinations that bring home the trophies and checks at competitions.  Below are several of my recommendations on excellent sauces and rubs:

2.  BBQ TOOLS / KNIVES

While a great cook may have innate talent, it definitely helps to have some good tools.  While there are literally hundreds and probably thousands of different tools out on the market, these stand out:

3. BBQ BOOKS

Yeah I know what you’re thinking…  “I didn’t know BBQ people could read!”  Well we can, although most of the time we keep the subject of our reading to all things BBQ and grilling.  There are many books out there, but these stand out:

  • Peace, Love, and Barbecue — written by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, this book gives a rarely-seen behind-the-scenes perspective into the world of barbecue as seen by a world champion pitmaster.  This book is one of my all-time favorites.
  • Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings — this offering by Dr. BBQ himself divulges multiple recipes to allow one’s palate to slightly deviate from your typical grilling faire.
  • Grilling America — Rick Browne not only offers up over 150 tasty recipes, but he also takes us around the country checking out some of the most colorful BBQ festivals around.

4. Competition Supplies

This one sort of took me by surprise.  However, after thinking about it, I can see how the serious caterer or competitive pitmaster would greatly appreciate these items.  Good quality cutting boards, and heat-resistant gloves seem to be in high demand.

5.  Miscellaneous fun stuff

This one is kind of wide open.  It just really depends on what that special someone likes.  With ideas from quality coolers to music box sets to gift cards, this one is really wide open!  Who knows, maybe you event want to give them cologne to help out that mood…

Now I’m very interested in hearing your ideas!  Let me know your top 5 gifts for the BBQer in your family for under $50.

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!  😛

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.

NC BBQ Tweet-Up: Big Wayner meets C-Dubs BBQ

I have met some really wonderful people in the world of BBQ and grilling thanks to the power of Facebook and Twitter!  I know I keep saying this, but BBQ and grilling people are some of the most genuine and wonderful people to be around.  Two of these people are Charles and Allegra Wilson of C-Dub’s BBQ Rub.

C-Dub’s BBQ Rub is the brainchild of Charles and Allegra.  The blending of cultures (Charles is from North Carolina, Allegra is from British Columbia) has helped C-Dub’s in creating outstanding flavors with their line of BBQ rubs and seasonings.  Charles and Allegra were in the Charlotte area for the week visiting family, so they were gracious enough to meet up with me for lunch today!

C-Dub and Big Wayner

C-Dub and Big Wayner

We met today for some Eastern Carolina style barbecue at Bill Spoon’s Barbecue in Charlotte.  I had the best time with Charles and Allegra.  They were very personable and friendly.  We shared many good laughs and stories as well as some excellent barbecue and dessert.  I had such a great time, in fact, that I lost track of time and realized after about an hour and a half that I had to go back to work.  Time flies when you’re having fun, after all.  Charles and Allegra were also gracious enough to give me a really sweet BBQ apron as well as some rubs that I will be using at the first opportunity.  Now I can “Get Naked” every time I fire up the smoker!

I was extremely glad to meet Charles and Allegra today.  They were an absolute testament to how BBQ and grilling people are genuine and wonderful!  I cannot wait until we get the chance to meet up again.

C-Dub and Big Wayner (picture courtesy of C-Dubs BBQ Rub)

C-Dub and Big Wayner (picture courtesy of C-Dubs BBQ Rub and Allegra's cell phone)

“Best Of” for this week

Here are some articles/links I highly recommend checking out:

  • My good friends at C-Dubs BBQ Rub just got their new toy.  Check out their first adventures with their smoker here and here.
  • Yazoo’s Delta Q gives the skinny on the fattie here.
  • BBQ and grilling expert Cyndi Allison explains in this post why the Obamas should travel a little further in either direction past Charlotte on I-85 for good BBQ when the Democratic National Convention comes to Charlotte in 2012.
  • Don’t forget about the free giveaway of some awesome BBQ Gear by Southern Soul BBQ being brought to you by Kevin’s BBQ Joints.  Details on the giveaway can be found here.
  • And, oh yeah… there’s a football game on Sunday night.

Review: C-Dub’s Hot Wing Rub

On Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to receive a test sample of hot wing rub from Allegra Klett-Wilson of C-Dub’s BBQ Rub (@CDubsBBQRub on Twitter).  Today, I finally had an opportunity to give this rub a test drive.  I was told that this is a spicy rub, and I was certainly not disappointed.

As with all new rubs that I try, I gave this one a naked taste as soon as I brought it in from the mailbox.  WOW!  I immediately get hit by the heat in this rub.  So on an errand this morning, I pick up a small pack of chicken wing drumettes for this test drive.  The drumettes soak in a beer and water brine mixture for about an hour, after which they get a thin layer of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of the hot wing rub.

Wings with C-Dub's Hot Wing Rub

Wings with C-Dub's Hot Wing Rub

I decided to throw these wings on the grill using Kingsford Competition Charcoal Briquettes and cherry wood chips, and on went the wings.

Firing up the Grill

Firing up the Grill

Wings on the Grill

Wings on the Grill

Closeup of the Wings

Closeup of the Wings on the Grill

While the wings were cooking, I had another decision that needed to be made.  I still had some rub left over, and I needed to figure out what to do with it.  And then the answer hit me: HOT WING SAUCE!  So I concocted a quick hot wing sauce using butter, a mild homemade pepper sauce, the remaining hot wing rub, and just a little bit of sour cream.

C-Dub's BBQ Rub

Leftover rub

Sauce in Progress

Hot Wing Sauce in progress

After about 25 minutes on the grill, the wings came off and got saucy.

The final product

Wings after saucing

As I took my first bite, I noticed that the rub did not overpower the chicken at all but complemented it really well.  As I took another bite, I wondered if the rub had a different effect when applied to food as opposed to a “naked taste”.  By bite #5, I found the heat.  It was a slow building heat that swelled to a dramatic crescendo in my mouth and on my lips.  It was a sweet, sweet burn!   Out of the 9 wings, I finished 5 of them.  I bagged the remaining 4 wings along with some leftover wing sauce and put in the refrigerator for another time (which turned out to be about 2 1/2 hours later).

Those of you who like heat levels more on the mild side may find this a bit intimidating.  But if you are a fan of spicy foods, then this rub will work wonders on your poultry.  I do not know when C-Dub’s will bring this product to market, but let’s hope it is very very soon!

Website for C-Dub’s BBQ Rub: http://www.cdubsrub.com