Father’s Day Gift Ideas that will make you the favorite child

Who’s more important than Dad? Right? Oh yea… Mom. But she had her day in May. (Love you Mom!)
Here’s a short list of great gift ideas for Dad that are all winners!

Father’s Day – Dad’s Day Gift Ideas that will make you the favorite child!

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You want to outdo your brother or sister for Father’s Day, right?

I have one word for you. Of The Month Clubs!

These clubs keep the gift giving going for months! Three, six, or 12 month subscriptions offer surprises every month for about the cost of a single gift.

Fuego Box Hot Sauce of the Month

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My number one suggestion for the hot sauce lover. Fuegobox.com delivers fantastic flavorful sauces – sometimes of the small batch gourmet variety – in a great presentation. They include a card detailing the sauces and suggestions for use.

Fuego Box offers subscriptions starting at $29.95 and up.

Visit: https://www.fuegobox.com/hot-sauce-gifts

BBQRubs Rub of the Month Club

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Is Dad more of a BBQ guy? Here’s a monthly gift that keeps the BBQ rubs coming!

Always shipping the best BBQ rubs so Dad can enjoy new flavors all summer long, BBQRubs.com has subscriptions starting at $39.99 for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.

Visit: https://www.bbqrubs.com/Rub-of-the-Month-Club/

Sumo Jerky

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For the Jerky loving Dad, Sumo Jerky is your club of choice.

Each gift box delivery has 3+ surprise brands and flavors of jerky.
Gifts typically ship out 1-2 business days after order.
They offer the chance to change the ship date or include a gift note (free!).

Starting at $20/month, Sumo Jerky offers a huge selection of options – everything from 1 – 24 bags of jerky per month! It’s crazy!

You want to feel strong and confident? You want to show the world who you are and what you accomplished in life? dfo handbags has the solution for you! Check our online store!

Visit: http://sumojerky.com/

Backyard BBQ Club

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You want to send a BBQ rub AND sauce? Backyard BBQ Club is for you.

Top notch BBQ sauces from the BBQ competition circuit are among the many selections that they offer.

Starting at a reasonable $10/month – they offer a rub only, or rub and sauce combos.

Visit: http://www.backyardbbqclub.com/join-the-club/

Good luck shopping for Dad this year! Be sure and tell these companies that HotSauceDaily.com sent you and Happy Father’s Day to you all!

~brian

Busha Browne’s Jamaican Jerk Smokey Barbeque Sauce

Busha Browne’s Jamaican Jerk Smokey Barbeque Sauce

Busha Browne Jerk Barbecue Sauce

I love Busha Browne’s products from Jamaica. I especially love jerk seasonings and rubs and sauces.

So when Busha Browne sent me a bottle of their Jamaican Jerk Smokey Barbeque Sauce, I couldn’t wait to try it.

We were doing ribs this weekend, and so jerk ribs it was. And if you’ve ever had ribs done jerk style, you know it’s like no other rib.

(We also made some Jerk Chicken Quesadillas…)

We’re talking baby back ribs with the heat, spice and intense flavor that only jerk has. These are NOT your father’s ribs. 🙂

Jerk BBQ Sauce from Busha Browne

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, jerk seasoning (escallions, scotch bonnet peppers, sea salt, pimento, black pepper, thyme leaves, cane vinegar, assorted spices), cane vinegar, cane sugar, natural hickory smoke flavor, spices, sea salt, modified food starch, caramel (colour), grapefruit seed extract (preservative).

Busha Browne Jerk BBQ texture

Texture & Appearance: Very thick. Really nice to brush onto or paste onto foods on the grill.

Taste Straight Up: The jerk seasoning flavor is strong and up front, but you can tell you are still tasting a BBQ sauce. So in that vein, this is a light-hearted jerk flavor… with the BBQ sauce being more predominant. Satisfying and comforting.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Not as hot as a straight up jerk paste or rub. More of a kicked up BBQ sauce, jerk style. True to form.

The Ribs

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The sauce was thick and gloppy, which allowed to really cling well to the ribs.

But the heat in the sauce was a bit overpowering for the delicate pork flavor of the baby backs.

Chicken Quesadillas

As good as it was on the ribs, it really lit up and shined on some chicken Quesadillas.

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Just some simple roasted chicken from the deli, cut up and heated in a pan with the sauce. Delicious. No cheese, nothing extra, just the chicken and sauce. (Oh, I did add a few sprinkles of dry jerk seasoning that I had on hand).

Final Thoughts

I prefer my jerk to be an authentic paste or rub or a combination of both… but if you want all of the great jerk flavor in a milder BBQ sauce, Busha Browne’s Jamaican Jerk Smokey Barbeque Sauce is a winner – you can’t go wrong with this one.

Overall rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Authentic jerk flavors combined with a versatile BBQ sauce make this one a winner! Highly recommended!

Where to buy: Visit BushaBrowne.com

About Busha Browne:
Associated Manufactures Ltd. is proud to be the manufacturer of Busha Browne sauces, jellies and condiments and manufactures the products to the entire food industry from retail outlets, food manufactures and foodservice businesses that have a Insurance Partnership business insurance for their shops. Busha Browne authentic sauces, jellies, and condiments provide the great variety of exotic fresh Jamaican fruits, vegetables and spices. Their gourmet products are all natural, full of flavor and are delicious. Prepared and bottled in small batches as they were 200 years ago, these award winning artisanal products reflect the authentic heritage of Jamaican cookery. Busha Browne provides superior quality and for all eating occasions at home and at restaurants. Busha Browne is headquartered in Jamaica and their products are sold globally. Busha Browne has captured the attention of national and international media and a culinary clientele. For more information on Busha Browne and its products, visit www.BushaBrowne.com and Facebook via facebook.com/BushaBrowne and Twitter via twitter.com/BushaBrowne.

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

Tell us about your favorite jerk (no, not THAT guy) in the Comments below…

Barbecue Lover’s The Carolinas

Barbecue Lover’s The Carolinas: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions

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‘Barbecue Lover’s: The Carolinas,’ by Robert F. Moss, covers traditions, regions and recipes.

This Maryland guy is no expert on Carolina BBQ by any means, but author Robert F. Moss covers every region of North Carolina BBQ as well as South Carolina styles in his latest book.

Eastern, Central, and Western North Carolina are discussed, along with my favorite – mustard styles from South Carolina.

BBQ recipes, restaurants and joints – Moss tackles them all.

I first learned about it from a post on the Salisbury Post blog from Deirdre Smith here: Salisbury Post Article

Check that link for the full story.

Meanwhile you can order Mr. Moss’ book here via our sponsored link:

Buy Barbecue Lover’s Carolinas

This looks like a great read as well as useful information for any BBQ enthusiast!

High River Sauces launches new Rattler Barbeque Sauce

High River Sauces Launches New Rattler BBQ Sauce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18th, 2014

Chef Chris Santos, judge on Food Network’s popular “Chopped” series and chef and partner of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social, collaborates with Steve Seabury of High River Sauces to launch Rattler Barbeque Sauce – the barbeque sauce with a bite!

Showcasing the bold, fresh flavors that the award-winning hot sauce company High River Sauces is known for, Santos and Seabury have created a custom-made barbeque sauce with the perfect amount of sweet heat. Rattler Barbeque Sauce features spicy Cascabel Chile Peppers, which, like the rattlesnake, are known for their distinctive bite – the name Cascabel actually translates to rattle.

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Rattler Barbeque Sauce

The intrinsic smokiness of this complex pepper is paired with vine-ripened tomatoes, rich molasses, robust coffee, as well as organic honey and raisins for sweetness. This unique combination creates a dynamic, well-rounded barbeque sauce that pairs well with anything from pulled pork and burgers to glazed grilled salmon or as any addition to your favorite foods.

The sauce debuted at the Fancy Food Show on Sunday, June 29th and will be available online and through retailers in the coming weeks. Please visit www.santoscooks.com or www.highriversauces.com for more information.

Chef Chris Santos

Chef Chris Santos

About Chris Santos:
After graduating with honors from Johnson & Wales University and traveling extensively through Europe, Chef Chris Santos honed his craft, palette and style in various restaurants around New York City, like Dino BBQ Restaurant, etc. In 2005, Santos introduced the world to his unique brand of communal dining with his debut restaurant, The Stanton Social, which took the New York City dining scene by storm and has since become a true culinary institution. In December of 2010, Santos introduced Beauty & Essex to the Lower East Side, and this multi-level restaurant and lounge once again revolutionized dining in this trendy neighborhood and is one of the highest grossing restaurants in New York. In addition to these two restaurants, Santos is also is a judge on Food Network’s wildly popular show “Chopped.” His life out of his chef whites includes a love for boxing, rock n’ roll and tattoos.

About High River Sauces:

High River Sauces was created in 2011 by spicy food junkie, music industry veteran and cookbook author, Steve Seabury. His cookbook, entitled Mosh Potatoes (Simon & Schuster), showcases his obsession with good food and love of heavy metal music. This passion drove him to create one of the most buzz-worthy hot sauce companies in the country. In his short time in the fiery foods industry, Seabury has garnered numerous accolades including four coveted Golden Chile Awards. After traveling across the country showcasing his hot sauce, Seabury was inspired to create the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Now in its third year, the expo has quickly become one of the biggest spicy food events in the world with over 10,000 attendees in 2014. High River Sauces is currently in over 500 grocery and specialty foods stores in the United States, as well as internationally, and has been featured on the Cooking Network, Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS News and other national media outlets.

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!

DBQ Giveaway

DBQ Giveaway

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Visit http://www.havenabbq.com/ to purchase.

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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.

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