High Temp Ribs on Rec Tec Mini Pellet Smoker

High temp baby back ribs on the Rec Tec Mini Portable Pellet Smoker Grill

We pushed the temp to 275º and got these baby back ribs done in about 4 hours vs. the usual 6 hours.
These came out great!

How we cooked them:

– Rubbed the ribs with Rossarooski’s Honey Rib Rub from REC TEC Grills
– 1 hour at 245º to get the smoke going from the grill
– 1 hour at 275º – rotating rib racks
– 30 minutes more at 275º
– foiled the ribs and cooked for an additional hour
– removed from foil, sauced, and cooked for 20 minutes to set the sauce

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REC TEC Mini Wood Pellet Grill Unboxing

The newest member of HotSauceDaily’s grills is the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill.

With their ease of use and the “set it and forget it” mentality of pellet style grills, we’ve been itching to try out a pellet style grill for a few years now.

Unboxing the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill

Here is a short video of our unboxing of the REC TEC Mini Portable Wood Pellet Grill.

Up next we’ll show off the features of this amazing little workhorse of a grill.

We hope you’ll enjoy our journey into this new style of grilling and smoking with us.

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~brian and marilyn

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Grilla Grills New Silverbac Wood Pellet Grill

The Silverbac Grill is the newest pellet grill from Grilla Grills

If pellet grills have a granddaddy, this is it. The Silverbac pellet grill starts with a large stainless steel grilling grate, adds a heavy-duty stainless steel lid, digital control panel and twin storage areas. Built like a leader and technologically smarter than most grills out there.

The Silverbac Wood Pellet Grill is easy to use and ready to score big time for your family event, backyard parties or a quick burger on a Saturday afternoon.

We’ve been considering a pellet smoker for some time now, and the Grilla Pro Smoker is tops on our list. With the new Silverbac Smoker, our choices just got better!

Some of the many features

Heating Technology

  • Auto ignition
  • Set’ n Forget Digital Control System
  • Automatic lighting feature
  • 180°F to 500°F in 5-degree increments
  • Indirect Cooking
  • Full stainless steel burn grate
  • Blower fan provides convection-style cooking without the fear of “flare ups”
  • Pellets are continuously fed through the firepot at the rate set by the digital control panel
  • Digital control panel with meat probe displays current temperature and meat temperature

High-Temperature Safety Shutdown

  • If unit exceeds 615°F, shutdown is initiated and an error message will be displayed.

Low-Temperature Safety Shutdown

  • If unit drops below 110°F, shutdown is initiated and an error message will be displayed.

Exterior

  • High-temperature powder coat
  • 20-lb hopper capacity
  • Four pivot casters for ease of movement with two locking brakes
  • Grease can

Interior

  • Total Cooking Surface: 692 sq. in.
  • Main Level: 507 sq. in.
  • Upper Level: 185 sq. in.
  • Grill grates made from ¼-inch stainless steel rod
  • Removable top grate
  • Insulated cooking chamber

Construction

  • Heavy-duty steel construction
  • Seams welded, powder coated, and caulked for triple redundant weather protection
  • Stainless steel lid
  • Solid bottom enclosed storage. You can visit http://abcselfstorageperth.com.au for a various storage options with the best security.
  • Drip pan protects against flare-ups by catching food drippings

Power Requirement

  • The Silverbac is powered by a standard household three-prong outlet: 120 Volt 50/60hz.

Dimensions & Weight

  • Height: 51 in.
  • Width: 47 in.
  • Depth: 22 in.
  • Weight: 170 lbs

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Are you thinking about taking the leap from charcoal or gas to a pellet smoker?
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Biggest Giveaway Ever for Draper’s BBQ fans

Huge giveaway from Draper’s BBQ!

Everything you need to be a Pit Master in your backyard or at the next BBQ Competition!
We’ve been posting and talking about Draper’s BBQ rubs and sauces for a while now. But this is big!

Win a boatload of BBQ awesome!

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In the 7 years we’ve been posting about hot sauces and BBQ sauces, this is without a doubt the best giveaway ever! And it’s so easy to win. Read on my friends…

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What is a BBQ Rub?

What is a BBQ Rub and how do I use it?

I get that question all the time from co-workers and friends. It seems that some folks either just don’t understand rubs, or are afraid of them.

What is a BBQ rub?

Basically a “rub” is a blend of herbs and spices that add to or enhance a meat before, during, or after cooking. Most rubs usually have a sweet component (sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar), a salty component (kosher salt, sea salt), a savory component (herbs) and/or a spicy component (black pepper, chile powder).

BBQ Rubs in bottles

Assortment of BBQ Rubs

You can easily make your own rubs at home with some basic ingredients you already have on hand, but that will be a whole other post sometime.

Dry rubs are sprinkled onto meats (usually with a heavy hand), with the meat being grilled or smoked as is.

Other rubs call for a marinade of sorts – usually involving the rub and a liquid (usually oil), and time – in a baggie or a covered dish or bowl or baking dish.

Finally, some rubs call for that same heavy dusting onto the meat before it is grilled or smoked, then adding additional rub sprinkled on during the cooking process – I do this with wings and ribs.

Rubs and their ingredients and flavors can be a very personal thing. Some like a light flavor (leaving room for the smoke wood or BBQ sauce to shine) – and some like a heavy dusting of rub to bring the flavor of the spices to the front.

Then there is the camp that has a perfect combo of rub and sauce – usually under the same name – that brings on the flavor, spice and taste and texture for a finished product. This is rare, and if you find it or hit upon it, you have gold.

We do so many reviews here at HotSauceDaily that we don’t usually mention our favorite BBQ sauce or rub – actually, we don’t really have a “go to” sauce or rub because of all the review products. But, Marilyn and I agree, that Draper’s BBQ Sauce and AP Rub are the epitome of a sauce and rub that just go great together.

Where can I buy rubs?

At the store: Thanks to the ever growing “foodie” movement, entire TV channels devoted to cooking, and the never-ending backyard grilling scene, your local grocery stores now have a large collection of rubs, ready to use. Paul Prudhomme, McCormick, Stubb’s are just a few names. Look around in the spice section – you’ll be surprised. Did you know Old Bay has a rub too? And a Blackening Seasoning as well.

McCormick, that venerable spice house from our own state of Maryland, has a delicious and amazing array of rubs, marinades and spices that are in more and more grocers all the time.

Online: You can start by searching our RUBS archive right here. They are all top notch products.

Do a Google search for rubs, and be prepared to fall into a hole. Last I looked “bbq rubs” yielded 3.4 million results, and “rubs” were about 12.5 million results!

We’ll save you a little time and point you to some flavorful and useful rubs that you can order online, from small batch makers to some big dogs.

Some rubs we recommend:

I was afraid of this. There are so many excellent rubs available online, that there is no way we can talk about a dozen or so, without leaving someone out of the list. But this short list is a great starting point.

Keep in mind, some of these rubs are from hot sauce makers, some are from BBQ sauce makers, and some are specialties of both or all three.

Titles/names are linked to their sites for your shopping pleasure.

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Above the Coals rubs

Above the Coals – Featuring hand packed, by order rubs and spices, our newest favorite rub(s) are from Above the Coals.

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Chris Kulturides has a line of 6 seasonings that are just stellar. If you BBQ at all, you need to check out his rubs and seasonings.

Above the Coals collage

Above the Coals lineup includes Signature Classic, 2 Alarm, Carolina Heatwave, The 617, El Toro, and Lavanero. And as a bonus, the packaging options include shaker bottles, foil pouches, Mason jars, and bulk packaging.


Chicken Choker Wing Rub – From NorCalBBQ – Fiery hot. Sprinkle lightly. Our review is here.


Kramer’s Wing Rub – another wing specific rub that rocks. We gave it 4 stars ★★★★☆ here.


Crazy Good Red and Green Rubs – We awarded the Green Chile Dust 5 stars ★★★★★ and love the Red Chile Dust just as much.
Sprinkle these rubs on any Mexican food and go “South of the Border” in flavor… or at least as far as New Mexico. 🙂


Todd’s Dirt – a HUGE favorite in our house, and it will be in yours as soon as you taste them. Original, Crabby, and Bayou seasonings are out of this world good. Our ★★★★★ rating still stands. We reviewed Bayou here, and his Crabby Dirt here.


Dizzy Dust – If we had ONE rub that we do reach for often, it would be Dizzy Pig’s Dizzy Dust. Our posts have been mostly about Dizzy Pig Dizzy Dust on pork tenderloins.


Grill Mates Applewood Rub – One of the many Grill Mates products that McCormick Spices has out now. They are all good!


Old Bay Rub – I mentioned this earlier. Again, another stalwart of seasonings, Old Bay, have released a “rub” version of their flagship spice.


Rounding out the rubs in the front of the pic are Volcanic Peppers, Heartbreaking Dawns, Pampered Chef, and Benitos.
All worthy of your consideration and purchases.


Johnny Secreto.com – One last company I want to mention, only because I think their rubs are delicious, is Johnny Secreto out of Michigan.
I really dug their rubs, but sadly, I’ve never heard back from them at all. After the reviews, and emails… nothing.
But the rubs are awesome, and I share that with you, the reader, because I want you to have a good experience and and enjoyable meal.


Well, that certainly is a great list to start with, and as you play around with rubs and spices, you’ll come to know what you like.

Leave a Comment below if you have a favorite rub to grill with, or maybe you just make your own…

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

“Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is just the right mix to make you a pit master at your next BBQ. It’s all natural with pure cane sugar and molasses for the sweet; we’ve added tomatoes, mustard and vinegar for the tangy.”

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

sugarhill sweet and tangy bbq sauce

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, vinegar, sugar, prepared mustard, molasses, salt, liquid smoke, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, spices, serrano pepper mash, cayenne pepper mash, tamarind extract.

We’ve not made any secrets that our favorite BBQ sauces have a sweet component. Sugar Hill brings that sweetness to the plate, with a mild level of tang and a good bit of spice. Let’s see how Sugar Hill fared…

Ribs, ribs, ribs

We smoked 4 racks of baby back ribs to test out three BBQ sauces and a dry rubbed rack.

How did Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy turn out on the ribs? Well… we think pretty darn good. Read on.

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Texture and Appearance: The color is dark red, and the consistency is almost like a tomato sauce, or tomato puree – a fairly thick texture. The fine grind of ingredients presents a nice sauce that has a good body that is flecked with tiny bits of pepper and spices. Classic.

Taste Straight Up: A sweet, tomato-y flavor is up front with just a hint of vinegar. It’s not overly sweet, but does impart a homemade flavor. Surprisingly, the vinegar flavor is mild – not overbearing.

Considering the ingredient list includes serrano and cayenne pepper mashes, I was surprised that the spiciness of this sauce is subdued. The more you eat, the more the chile pepper tingle shows up – but only slightly. Aptly named – it’s more sweet than tangy. Sweetly simple.

Our baby back ribs were started in the oven at 275º for about 90 – 120 minutes – then we moved them onto the smoker to finish cooking and get layered with sauces. By the way, have you heard about Unox XEVC-2011-EPR? It’s an Electric Combi Oven that can be used for roasting, grilling, steaming and baking. For more details about this product, you can go to ianboer.com.au. (Smoking at 230 – 250º for another 2 hours.) This is a great time-saver for the backyard cook, as no one will ever know you started the ribs in the kitchen!

sugarhill sweet and tangy rib rack

Taste on Ribs: Great sweet flavor. The sweetness held up nicely, but in the end, the tang was lost on us. As for smokiness – we did pick up on our own peach wood smoke, but the liquid smoke was a tad overbearing.
Lesson learned: If there is any liquid smoke in a sauce, we do not need to add more to that by using wood chunks.

Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy caramelized nicely, held its body, and ultimately had a dull, matte finish. Very appealing.

Final Thoughts: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – We’re so close to a 4 star rating, but have to deduct for the strong liquid smoke flavor.
Normally, I don’t mind a little bit of liquid smoke, but in this case I’d like to see Sugar Hill cut back on the smoke, and kick up the “tang” factor.

sugarhill sweet and tangy on ribs

This BBQ sauce is worthy of keeping on hand anytime – it’s remarkably useful with an authentic BBQ taste. And we can assume it tastes just as good on chicken and pulled pork.

You can find Sugar Hill Smokehouse Sweet and Tangy on Facebook and Twitter and you can order online from them at http://sugarhillsmokehouse.com.

Are you a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce lover? Or are you more of a vinegar sauce lover? Maybe you like your BBQ sauce totally different than anything above… Leave a Comment below and let us know.

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

We ran into our friend, Bob Trudnak from The BBQ Guru, at a recent BBQ competition in Harrington, Delaware. Bob was selling his newest “BBQ Guru” product – and this one uses no wires or batteries. It’s…

BBQ Bob’s Hav’n A BBQ Sauce

bbq-bobs-bottle

This BBQ sauce is a great balance of sweet and tangy with presence of fresh herbs, spices and a slight vinegar finish. Appeals to all ages from 2 to 102. Especially great on chicken, ribs, burgers, brats and all pork cuts.

“All pork cuts”? That’s good to know, as our first taste test with BBQ Bob’s is on pork skewers. But first, let’s look at the sauce up close.

Ingredients: Cider vinegar, tomato concentrate, vinegar, agave syrup, light brown sugar, water, sugar, vine ripened red tomatoes, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, oleoresin paprika, liquid smoke, spice, onion powder pepper, granulated garlic, caramel color, worcestershire seasoning, citric acid, cayenne pepper, natural flavoring, dextrose, oleoresin capsicum, sulfur dioxide.

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Texture & Appearance: A reddish brown color is flecked with spices and seasonings. Black pepper flecks are prominent too. The sauce is also shiny and relatively thin in consistency – more of a corn syrup texture. Glossy.

bbq-bobs-sample

Taste Straight Up: A silky coating on the tongue and mouth leads us into a classy sauce – there’s some pleasant black pepper spice or “heat” if you will. But overall, the sweetness from the syrups really carries the biggest flavor. A very light vinegar finish comes at the end. Let’s see how it tastes after we cook or grill with the sauce. Classic.

Packaging: A big 19 ounce glass bottle contains the sauce. The label and graphics are simple in colors and a cartoony pig adorns the label. The word “Original” is also prominent – is there another flavor to come? Nice layout.

BBQ Bob’s Sauce on food

We’re brushing BBQ Bob’s Hav’n a BBQ sauce onto some pork skewers as they cook over direct heat on the grill. And for fun, we skewered some pineapple chunks and brushed BBQ Bob’s on them as well.

bbq-bobs-on-pork-pineapple-skewers

Marilyn: There’s just a hint of a vinegar edge to the flavor of the sauce on the pork skewers. It’s a subtle sauce – not overpowering at all. A lot of the sweetness has cooked out and we’re left with a smoky and sticky coating.

I think this sauce would fare better on a fattier piece of meat – whether that be pulled pork, or even some chicken parts.

Marilyn’s rating: On our scale of 1 – 5, I would give this Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – it’s a pleasant enough sauce, but nothing spectacular.

Brian: I’m disappointed in how much this sauce “broke down” after cooking. It’s just a thin glimmer of what it started out to be. This is not a thick, gloppy sauce – especially after cooking.

Maybe it would make a great base to add to – to make it your own flavored sauce. Doctor it up a bit with either spices or other flavorings – chiles, or fruits would fit nicely here.

Brian’s rating: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – 1/5 Stars from me. Perfect for a tame, mild bbq sauce. If this were the 1960’s, I could see this sauce on every red plaid tablecloth in the backyard.

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Our final thoughts:

This sauce is of the highest quality in overall taste and makeup. It is truly much better than any you’d find on the grocery shelf. It’s just a bit tame, timid and mild for our tastes. We like a bolder sauce, in both texture, taste, and overall flavor hit.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce: Blend and Mango Blend

May is National Bike Month, National Pregnancy Awareness Month (wha?), and in some circles it’s also National Shoe Month.

But what we’re really into this month is National Barbecue Month! Oh yeah.

That means it’s also BBQ Sauce Reviews Month at HotSauceDaily.com. First up is…

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce

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Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce is the brainchild of Rasool Raheem of Los Angeles, CA. Rasool is indeed deaf, a chef, and a bbq sauce crafter.

Deaf Man’s BLEND BBQ Sauce, and MANGO BLEND BBQ Sauce are just two of the seven (7) flavors of BBQ sauces he’s crafted so far.

Deaf Man’s BLEND BBQ Sauce

On their website, they call this Honey Mustard Blend. “A combination of sweet and spicy accents with a hint of mustard makes a mouth-watering blend so versatile you’ll want to put it on everything!”

Deaf Man's Mustard Blend BBQ Sauce

Deaf Man’s Mustard Blend BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: tomato concentrate, honey, sugar, molasses, vinegar, HFC, corn syrup, water, contains less than 2% of the following: habanero, salt, anchovies, garlic, onion, hydrolyzed soy protein, tamarind, spices, mustard seed, turmeric, black pepper, natural flavors, natural hickory smoke flavor, guar gum, dextrine, citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), caramel color, sulfites (to retain color).

Deaf Man's Mustard Blend on Chicken Tenders

Deaf Man’s Mustard Blend on Chicken Tenders

Marilyn: This is not a mild BBQ sauce at all. The texture is nice and silky and the first impression is of sweetness from the honey. The vinegar is in the background, which I like, but the habanero gives it too much sting for my taste.

My overall rating would be Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – I love the texture, but the flavor is not too different from other BBQ sauces I’ve had, and the habanero just bites too hard, even after cooking.

Brian: This is a thick sauce that clings nicely. It’s indeed peppery and pretty spicy… if this is indeed Deaf Man’s “mild” sauce… it has a kick. I think it would work better as a wing sauce.

My overall rating would also be Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Two stars for a good start. Pretty spicy for the bottom of the line up. But not a bad start.

Deaf Man’s MANGO BLEND BBQ Sauce

“Mango with a hint of mustard makes this sauce unique. The flavor of fresh mango in each bottle and a little extra heat to add to your plate. Use it on everything. The longer the sauce sits, the hotter it gets!!!”

Deaf Man's Mango Blend BBQ Sauce

Deaf Man’s Mango Blend BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: tomato concentrate, mango nectar (water mango puree, citric acid, natural flavor, ascorbic acid), honey, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, hfc, corn syrup, soy sauce (water, rice, soy bean, salt), contains 2% of garlic, onion, habanero, salt, spices including: mustard, turmeric), water, anchovies, natural hickory.

Deaf Man's Mango Blend on Chicken Skewers and pineapple rings

Deaf Man’s Mango Blend on Chicken Skewers and pineapple rings

Marilyn: I think this sauce coats very well on the skewers. The extra sweetness from the Mango adds a welcome flavor and stickiness to the chicken, and it’s perfect on the pineapple slices.

Overall rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – A step up from the “Blend” sauce. My favorite of the two.

Brian: Great cling factor on the skewers with a nice added sweetness from the mango. A step up from the “Blend” – I agree.

My overall rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – I agree with Marilyn. (Don’t tell her.) Wonderful sauce that does its job well.

There are actually a few reasons why the sauce was named Deaf Man’s BBQ—the most obvious of which we’ve already covered. Though by that same logic, it could have been called “Snappy Dresser’s BBQ Sauce” or “Excellent Bowler’s BBQ Sauce.” The other thing that convinced Rasool to name it Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauce was because he knew that anyone serving the sauce to family or friends would know what it’s like to be deaf: In those moments between the first bites and the roars of delight, there is absolute silence.
The sauce is that good.

Visit http://www.dmbbq.com/ to order Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauces. Be sure and check out their sampler offering.

Rasool is also looking to sponsor BBQ Competition Teams to use his sauces. Contact him here: http://www.dmbbq.com/contact-form/index.php

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