We love trying out new rubs that are not found in your local big box grocery store. Small batch or hand crafted seasonings almost always delight us. And sometimes we find a gem. In this case it’s from Houston, Texas in the form of Big Ron’s Rubs.
Big Ron Garcia sent us a sampler pack of four rubs – his Original Rub (all purpose), In the House (chicken & beef), Texas Chili Mix (chili), and Hint of Houston (spicy, chicken).
It’s the Hint of Houston we are focusing on here.
We marinated some wings overnight in beer and a little of the Big Ron’s Hint of Houston Rub. The next day we sprinkled more of the rub on the wings and smoked them for about 2 hours.
The wings turned out great by the way, if you’ve never tried smoking wings, give it a go. Delicious and smoky, with the dry rub imparting a great texture and taste.
Big Ron’s Hint of Houston Rub:
Ingredients: sugar, pure sea salt, garlic, cumin, chili pepper, onion, spices, paprika, & celery & spice extracts
– I got a sense of a true Texas flavor – that of a good bark on a Texas brisket. Maybe it was my brain connecting the Houston name with the flavors I was experiencing. But these wings were dry rubbed, tasty, delicious treats – and a good alternative to your typical grilled or barbecued wings.
– The sweetness of this rub really shines through at first, followed by a nice, medium kick of heat from the chili pepper. Marilyn loves how the sweetness doe not permeate the meat, but stays on the outside. I sensed the heat within the meat, so it’s a great balance of sweet versus heat.
– While I love the cartoon-ish graphics, the labels are a bit cluttered with so much information within a small space. And there are too many different fonts competing for attention, and too many bits of information that could be spread out over a bigger design.
– I give this rub and overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars for the quality of taste and product. No use in deducting points for packaging here, but I do hope that Big Ron’s Rubs packaging matures.
All of Big Ron’s rubs are low in sodium and made with pure sea salt. We look forward to bringing you our thoughts on his other rubs and seasonings soon.
Check out Big Ron’s Hint of Houston Rub at Big Ron’s Website. Shipping is included in all his prices which makes for a great deal for you!
Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.