Scott Thomas describes himself as an absolute barbecue junkie. “Get me within 100 miles of a grill / barbecue place and I’ll find my way out and spend $ 100 without exception,” says The Grillin ‘Fools blogger. “I have a whole wall, from floor to ceiling, in my pantry for rubs and sauces. It’s so tightly packed that my wife will ask that I throw something away when I bring more home. Fortunately, she hasn’t found my secondary supply yet. ”
We can relate. With the barbecue season in full swing, now is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for your next barbecue evening in the garden. To get you started, we’ve checked in with three grill professionals: Thomas from St. Louis; Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner and author of Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue; and Kita Roberts, who works closely with Spiceology and runs the Girl Carnivore food blog, which focuses on everything meat-related.
It’s time to heat up the grill, have your favorite chicken, pork, steak, fish, and vegetables ready, and get ready to take your meal to the next level with these recommended barbecue rubs and sauces. who is hungry?
Gates Bar-BQ ‘Original Classic’ Sauce ($ 17.69, originally $ 19.35; amazon.com)
Gates Bar-BQ “Original Classic” Sauce
Miller calls this his all-time favorite barbecue sauce. “Gates is one of the venerable African American-owned grill restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri,” he says. “They make a tomato-based sauce that isn’t too thick and has a nice balance between spicy and sweet.”
Old Arthur’s Spicy BBQ Sauce, 3-Pack ($ 29.40; amazon.com)
Old Arthur’s Spicy BBQ Sauce 3-pack
When he wants something with more kick, Miller opts for hot and spicy sauce from Old Arthur’s. “Old Arthur Watts was born an enslaved African American in 1837,” he says. “He became a famous barbecue grill later in life, and his descendants keep his legacy alive. This slightly sweet tomato-based sauce burns slowly without overwhelming your palate. ”
Head Country Barbecue Sauce Variety, 4-Pack ($ 26.44, originally $ 28.87; amazon.com)
Head Country Barbecue Sauce, 4-pack
“Head Country can be found pretty much anywhere in the country and has a great arsenal of sauces, from chipotle – which is fantastic in Instant Pot chicken for tacos – to apple habanero, which when tossed over smoked Brussels sprouts, yes the right heat adds the dish, ”says Roberts. “It’s not too hot, not too watery and sticks to the food for a velvety-rich coating. I have a selection of their entire line in my pantry all the time and they are my point of contact for hosting needs. They even recently released a keto-friendly barbecue sauce that is sugar-free – that’s exceptional with shrimp. ”
This set includes Apple Habanero, Original, Hickory Smoke and Hot & Spicy.
Cowboy Charcoal Prairie Fire Sauce, 3-pack ($ 25.67; amazon.com)
Cowboy Charcoal Prairie Fire Sauce, 3-pack
“I love tossing wings in it or spreading it on burgers when I really want to spice things up,” says Roberts. “It comes out of the bottle super thick and has the perfect punch for anyone who can take a bit of heat.”
Meat Mitch Whomp! BBQ sauce ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Meat Mitch Whomp! Barbecue sauce
Thomas, a first place winner at the National Barbecue and Grilling Association’s 2020 Awards of Excellence, says Whomp! is a must have in his pantry and refrigerator. “It’s just an all-round fantastic sauce,” he says.
Blues Hog BBQ Sauce Variety, 4-Pack ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Blues Hog BBQ sauce variety, pack of 4
“The entire sauce series is absolutely fantastic and a mainstay on the competition route, where the jury only guarantees the participants one bite,” said Thomas. “When they use Blues Hog, they often get that second bite.”
Try four flavors – Original BBQ, Tennessee Red, Champions Blend and Smokey Mountain – with this variety pack.
Andria’s Brush on Steak Sauce ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Andria’s brush on steak sauce
“This comes from St. Louis, Illinois across the river and is sometimes confused with steak sauces that the cooked steak is dipped in to mask the taste of subpar beef or add liquid to an overcooked or dry steak,” says Thomas . “But that’s not what Andria is about. It’s a marinade and sauce to pour over that I’ve been using for nearly three decades. Brush it up while the steak cooks and you’ll learn how addicting it is. It is loved by presidents too. The White House has ordered a case of Andria every year for decades. ”
Savory Spice Shop Black Smoke Seasoning Set ($ 29.99; savoryspiceshop.com)
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Savory Spice Shop Black Smoke Spice Set
Miller partnered with the Savory Spice Company to create the Black Smoke Spice Collection (the set contains five half bags including Black Smoke Seasoning, Beaumont BBQ Rub, Tsire West African Spice, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, and Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning) .
“The signature Black Smoke Seasoning is based on the recipe from John Frank Garth, who went to my church and was a legendary grill in my hometown of Denver, Colorado,” he says. “It’s a good all-purpose rub for any meat or vegetable. The collection also includes a Beaumont BBQ Rub that is a salute to the Creole-influenced barbecue of east Texas. It’s a nice combination of spicy and sweet. ”
Christie Vanover for Spiceology Pork Rub ($ 25.49; amazon.com)
Christie Vanover for Spiceology Pork Rub
When it comes to rubs, says Roberts, Christie Vanover’s “Girls Can Grill” line is hard to beat with award-winning chicken, brisket, and pork rubs. “They are an excellent base for all of your summer barbecues when meat dominates the grill,” she says. “Each is a perfect balance of heat, flavor and blend that has been meticulously tested for success.”
She recommends pairing Vanover’s Brisket Rub with her own Girl Carnivore Ooomami powder to add a rich component to everything from classic steak to grilled mushrooms. “The combination of Girls Can Grill BK and Girl Carnivore Ooomami was presented on these grilled short ribs and works as a dynamic duo for every piece of beef. There’s pretty much nothing hearty that you can’t add ooomami as a base to really increase satisfaction – it’s incredibly versatile from burgers to aiolis. ”
Carnivore Girls for Spiceology Over Easy Egg and Everything Seasoning ($ 14.95; amazon.com)
Carnivorous girls for the spice lore about simple egg and all spices
Roberts says Spice Rubs are often too heavy and too hot, but their Over Easy, a collaboration with Spiceology, is a light combination of light citrus, fresh herbs, and a touch of chili. In addition to eggs, she uses it for grilled potatoes and other vegetables, but suggests mixing it with Garlic Junkie by Adam McKenzie of This Jew Can Que, also in collaboration with Spiceology, to add to grilled salmon, artichokes or pork chops use.
Thomas also praises Girl Carnivore’s Spice Rub for eggs. “As someone who absolutely loves egg yolks in all their sticky, yellow glory, I was skeptical,” he says. “Now I can’t order eggs when eating out for breakfast unless I bring some of that rub.”
Derek Wolf for Spiceology South American Variety Pack ($ 24.99; Spiceology.com)
Derek Wolf for Spiceology South American Variety Pack
“Derek Wolf from Over the Fire Cooking has a fun line of spices that is heavily influenced by the South American churrasco grill style that he introduces in his newly published cookbook, Food by Fire,” says Roberts. She adds that the mixes are perfect for high-profile dishes like picanha, which “rubbed with gaucho spice and slowly roasted are a feast you would get in Brazilian-style steakhouses.”
Jack Daniel’s Steak Seasoning ($ 9, originally $ 10; amazon.com)
Jack Daniel’s steak seasoning
Roberts is a fan of this coarsely ground steakhouse mix for coating red meat. “From lamb fillet to crispy tomahawk steak, it’s a classic choice with a peppery bite that is reminiscent of restaurants where meat and potatoes are king,” she says.
Dead Bird BBQ DB180 All-Purpose Seasoning Grater ($ 15.95, originally $ 17.95; amazon.com)
Dead Bird BBQ DB180 all-purpose spice grater
“Although the DB means ‘Dead Bird’ in the name and the title doesn’t mention beef, this is my favorite steak rub,” says Thomas. “It’s not an overwhelming rub that obscures the taste of steaks; it only amplifies it. ”
Meat Church BBQ Deez Nuts Honey Pecan Rub ($ 14.99; amazon.com)
Meat Church BBQ Deez Nuts Honey Pecan Rub
Thomas calls this rub the perfect combination of brilliant marketing and outstanding taste. “My growing sons love this rub,” he says. “Partly because they love to giggle when they say the name and also because it has incredible taste.”
White Label BBQ Rub and Heavy Smoke Spices ($ 16.99; walmart.com)
White label BBQ rub and spices with heavy smoke
“This rub was developed on the competition track and has received many, many awards,” says Thomas. “It’s great for pork, but can be used for almost any protein.”
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