For today’s Barbecue Rub review I am going to be reviewing Mike Rude’s All Purpose Seasoning and Rub. Now this isn’t something that you can buy off the internet, so this was a great treat to even try. When Mike contacted me about it, I didn’t even skip a beat and said yes. For me, whenever you get a chance to try something that isn’t even on the market, gives me a check of reality, of how much Grilling with Rich has grown and also how it has become the #1 source for BBQ news, recipes and so much more for over 100,000 people worldwide.
There was one little addition that Mike mentioned to me and that was once you try it you will be hooked on it and boy was he correct. I can’t wait for the next time I have people over for a grilling adventure, because I know what all purpose seasoning and rub I will be adding to my steaks, chicken and some other interesting foods.
For those who do not know who Mike is, let me give you some background. Mike Rude is the Pitmaster of Brown Chicken Brown Cow or as many call them (BCBC). Last year they came in second in the pork shoulder category at Memphis in May, so they have some serious chops. I have gotten to know Mike over the past year and not only have we talked often about BBQ, he has answered a lot of my questions and provided me some great insight on how to put together a perfect pork shoulder. I think that since I have started to listen to his advice my shoulder has greatly improved, (we will see how good my pork shoulder is in a couple weeks at the BBQ Jamboree).
Now to the review of Mike’s All Purpose Seasoning and Rub. There seems to be a lot of great all purpose seasonings and rub’s out on the market. If you step back and think about it for a second, it makes total sense, you want to have a seasoning that will enhance your steak, chicken or whatever you want to grill over the weekend to show your friends and family that you are a serious grill master. Also, the all purpose seasoning and rub is great for the “everything butt” category during competition. I really think that this seasoning flavor profiles were very close to either a Montreal Steak Rub, or even a Santa Maria Steak Rubs, I am sure that I am way off, but this is what the all-purpose seasoning reminded me of.
Last night, I grilled up a steak and some brussel sprouts, (yes Grilling with Rich Fans, I love Brussel sprouts) and I added Mike Rude’s all purpose seasoning and rub to the Steak. Overall I really enjoyed the rub it has great flavors such as the salt, pepper and I am sure some additional flavors which I couldn’t figure it out, perfectly balanced out and enhanced the natural flavors from the steak. The all purpose rub added some much needed spice to a somewhat boring steak.
In addition to adding the rub to the steak, I also added the rub to my second part of the meal: the Brussels sprouts. For those who enjoy Brussel sprouts you know that they are typically dry and tasteless, isn’t that the reason why we don’t like them? So with that being said, as I was getting ready for dinner, I thought to myself that I would try to add some interesting flavors and boy was it a smart move. The all purpose rub really added some amazing pepper flavors from the sprouts.
Overall Mike Rude’s All Purpose Rub was a great addition to my mid-week grilling adventure. The flavor profiles of the all purpose rub was amazing. The question that I kept on thinking as the night went along is when is Mike going to bottle both his BBQ Rub and his All Purpose Rub, because they both will be best sellers in no-time and become must have’s for any serious barbecue.Google+