Dry rubbed chicken tenders on the Smokey Joe with Rayz Jerk and Spice Cave Wind rubs

Grilled chicken tenders with dry rubs are one of my favorite ways to play with new rubs and seasonings.
Today we’re using Rayz Hot Dry Rub (jerk style) and Spice Cave’s Wind rub.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub and Spice Cave Wind seasoning

I use a heavy hand when applying rubs to my meats – much to the chagrin of Marilyn.

But I will admit at times I do go a little overboard. But in this case, I think the rubs really shined.

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Weber Smokey Joe 14″: Weber Smokey Joe Grill

The Spice Cave Wind Rub: The Spice Cave

Rayz Hot Dry Rub: Rayz Jerk Jam website

iRig Mic Lavalier: iRig Lavalier Mic on Amazon

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Rayz Hot Dry Rub and Spice Cave Wind on Chicken Tenders

Rayz “Hot Dry Rub” and The Spice Cave “Wind” on grilled chicken tenders were both winners. Watch our video to see how good they look and taste!

Dry Rubbed Chicken Tenders with Rayz Hot Dry Rub and The Spice Cave Wind seasoning

You’ve surely heard Guy Fieri say “Winner, winner, chicken dinner”? Yup. When it comes to simple grilled chicken tenders over some good charcoal, you can do almost anything to them!

In this case, we’re using two nice rubs from our shelves.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Ingredients: rosemary, honey, allspice, scallions, brown sugar, vinegar, peppers, molasses, garlic, onion, thyme, nutmeg, salt.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub is a dry rub seasoning based on their popular Rayz Jerk Jam product.

The heat level is: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – just shy of 2.5 on our heat scale. Very spicy but enjoyable by all.

The Spice Cave Wind

Ingredients: dehydrated vegetables, garlic, onions, parsley, himalayan pink salt, spices,
orange peel, chili pepper flakes.

Part of a 4 pack of spices from Kickstarter… The Spice Cave has quite a selection of spice rubs.

“Wind is an herbaceous blend for anything that flies.” So, we’re putting it on chicken.

Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – No heat to speak of. It’s basically an “everything bagel” type of seasoning. But delicious!

HERE’S THE VIDEO OF THE CHICKEN TENDERS

Where to Buy:

Visit RayzJerkJam.com for the Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Visit The Spice Cave for their spice offerings

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Vortex grilled wings in a Weber Kettle

I’m geeking out today about a new grilling accessory called Vortex. Designed for use in any Kettle or Kamado style grill, the Vortex makes grilling super crispy wings easy! And of course it’s great for many other uses as you will see. This is Week of Wings 6 – Day 3.

Vortex – inDirect Heat grilling device

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This is the Small Vortex for Akorns, Med-Large Eggs, 18.5″ and 22.5″ Weber Kettles, and Kamado Joes

Overall rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Ranking right up there with cast iron grill grates, this simple cone produces great results! A 5 Star grilling product if I’ve ever seen one. A must have.

Vortex is a cone shaped device that allows for either direct heat or indirect heat in a controlled environment.

You build your charcoal fire in the middle of the Vortex, and with the help of the domed lid of your grill, you get a nice indirect heat zone around the perimeter of the grate.

Simply put, small end up is for indirect heat, and large end up is for direct heat. The uses can get more complicated and more versatile as you will see.

But for now, we’re looking for the perfect grilled crispy chicken wing!

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Great quality of build and the welded seams are tight.

The pic above is at a weird angle. The Vortex is not as tiny as it appears here, but I wanted to show off the nice welds, and quality of build of this all stainless steel device.

Hot Whang! and Hot Ass Whang! Chicken Rubs

Hot Whang! and Hot Ass Whang! Chicken Rubs.

We are grilling our wings today with Mad Hunky Brand Meat Seasonings Hot Whang! Chicken Rub. Yea, that’s a mouth full. And Rich Tirpak at MadHunkyMeats.com was kind enough to toss in a sample of Hot Ass Whang! Rub for us to try. (Read thru to the end to see how to get these rubs and many other seasonings for practically free shipping when you purchase a Vortex.)

closeup of hot whang versus hot ass whang rub - one is better.

One of these thangs is not like the other. Sort of close up of the rubs.

See what I did there? One of these thangs is better than the other. 🙂 While both rubs are top notch, we did have a favorite.

Vortex in place for indirect heat. Dead center of kettle on fire grate.

Vortex in place for indirect heat. Dead center of kettle on the fire grate.

Coals getting all hot and happy. This sucker will be a mini wing furnace soon.

Coals getting all hot and happy. This sucker will be a mini wing furnace soon.

We started our coals in a chimney and poured them into the Vortex. This little wing furnace will be cranking out the heat soon.

Wings rubbed with Hot Whang! rubs ready for the Vortex and Kettle

Wings rubbed with Hot Whang! ready for the Vortex and Kettle. Hot Whang! at top – Hot Ass Whang! at bottom.

That’s our obligatory pic of some fat wings ready to die go on the grill. There aren’t as many Hot Ass Whang! wings ‘cuz we was skeered!

Wings around perimeter - bone ends in. No need for flipping or turning.

Wings around perimeter – bone ends in. No need for flipping or turning.

Finally an action shot!

Arranging the wings around the Vortex, with bone ends in, allows the intense heat from the Vortex to circulate around the wings via the dome. There is no need to flip, turn, or just plain ol’ mess with the wings while they get all crispy and done.

You’ll notice our air temp probe is in place (shooting for 350 -375 degrees), and we use our ThermaPen to check the temps of the wings – Vortex or no Vortex, you don’t grill chicken without knowing the meat is at 165º or better when done.

Finished Hot Whang! Chicken Rub wings

Finished Hot Whang! Chicken Rub wings

These wings were savory with a nice dry crunch to them. The heat level was disappointing – Hot Whang! was not. Mild heat lovers would be happy with it though. Hot Whang! has a delicious flavor, and as a dry rub seasoning, it really does shine. Just not enough for us. Average.

Finished Hot Ass Whang! Chicken Rub wings

Finished Hot Ass Whang! Chicken Rub wings

We only had one question about these Hot Ass Whang! wings… why didn’t we make more? Of the 3 versions here, these hot little wingies stole the show. While just a bit hotter than the original Hot Whang! rub… there was so much more flavor. More sweet, more heat, and more savory goodness.

Hot Ass Whang! Chicken Rub was the big winner here.

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Medium to medium hot, these dry crunchy spicy wings are winners. Best dry rubbed wings so far this year!

Finished Hot Whang! Chicken Rub wings wet and sticky style

Finished Hot Whang! Chicken Rub wings wet and sticky style

These wings are the original Hot Whang! Chicken Rub with the addition of spritzing on liquid to keep them moist and sticky.

It’s a great concept – 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar – spritzed on about 3 or 4 times during the cook. Once near the beginning, once or twice during the cook, and a final spritz at the end of the grilling session.

The method did make for some nice, wet and sticky wings… but we decided we liked the dry rubbed better. Sticky and tacky.

Vortex grilled dry rubbed chicken wings trio

Vortex grilled dry rubbed chicken wings trio

Clockwise from top: Hot Whang! Chicken Rub, Hot Ass Whang! rub, and Hot Whang! rub done wet style with the vinegar spray.

Final Thoughts:

The Vortex is available at http://madhunkymeats.com/

If you purchase a Vortex, there is a ton of space within the Vortex and box that Rich can fill with any rub you desire. Shop around on his site, pick out the rubs and seasonings and brines you’d like to try and he’ll fit them into the box with the Vortex and you’ll only pay for shipping the Vortex.

The Vortex is available in Small (our version), Medium for 22.5″ and 26.75″ Weber Kettles, XL Big Green Eggs, Big Joe (Kamado Joe), and Large for Ceramics Only – XL Big Green Egg, Big Joe (Kamado Joe), Primo cookers.

Tell Rich HotSauceDaily sent you!

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.


More Week of Wings 6

Week of Wings 6 – Day 1: Louisiana Brand Wing Kit Review
Week of Wings 6 – Day 2: Sriracha Rub on Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 3: Vortex Grilled Wings (You are here.)
Week of Wings 6 – Day 4: Datil Dew Inferno Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 5: ?

Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Wings from Old Florida Style Foods

Our Week of Wings 5 began with a mild sauce, and today we’re looking at a mild rub featuring the Datil Pepper from Florida.

Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Dry Wings

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 2. Today we’re reviewing some dry rubbed wings using Datil Pepper BBQ Rub from Old Florida Style Foods. I’m a huge fan of the Datil Pepper flavor and profile, and so far we’ve had quite a few Datil pepper hot sauces, but this is our first Datil pepper dry rub. Unique to St. Augustine, Florida, the Datil pepper is truly a unique American chile pepper.

Preparation: Deep fried. Again, we did our usual 3 step cook – baked the wings at 350º for 40 minutes (turning once half-way through), deep fried at 350 – 375º for 2 – 3 minutes, then tossed in the sauce. See our Wings 101 post for more info.

Ingredients: paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, sugar, salt, Datil peppers, and spices.

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Texture and Appearance: This medium-fine grind features larger flakes of salt and spices. Rusty red in color, you know you are getting some paprika and chili powder in the mix. I only wish there were more of the Datil pepper component to really show off a good variety of textures, and more importantly to add to the heat of the rub. Nice mix.

Taste on wings: We ended up with some heavily spiced wing portions since we used a heavy hand in seasoning them. They were very savory, but with little heat. Pleasant tasting, sweet and not too salty, just a surprisingly mild heat level for a Datil pepper rub. There was a nice smoky flavor that really won us over – a by-product of the Datil pepper, I’m sure.

Now, mild heat level aside, I want to emphasize how much we enjoyed these dry rubbed wings and their great flavor. While we didn’t get time to actually review them in 2013…

These dry rubbed wings from Old Florida Style Foods were one of our 13 Favorite Products of the Year for 2013. Yes, they are that good! Outstanding.

datil pepper dry wings

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – This rub is not about the heat, it’s about the flavor. I wish it were hotter, but it’s not. Perhaps they will come out with a hotter version. If so, I’m all in! Smoky and savory.

Overall rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Amazing. These were smoky, savory, slightly sweet and delicious. These dry rubbed wings were at the top of the charts for us. You have to try this rub! Winner.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

About Old Florida Style Foods

datil pepper bbq rub bottle

John and Rhonda Maloughney own Old Florida Style Foods out of Edgewater, Florida, trading as Mad John’s Food, LLC.

Mad John’s Food, LLC introduces “Old Florida Style” brand. Mad John’s Food, LLC grows it’s own supply of Datil Peppers and produces several products, including Datil Pepper Salsa and Condiment, Datil Pepper Honey Barbeque Glaze, Datil Pepper Barbeque Seasoning Rub, Datil Pepper Garlic Pickle Chips, Old Florida Style Datil Pepper Jelly and Datil Pepper “Cracker Style” Hot Pepper Sauce that are sure to please the culinarian. We use only the highest quality ingredients that are all natural and contain no MSG and assure consistent quality and taste.

Visit http://madjohnsfood.com/ for all of their great prducts.

Social Media: Follow Old Florida Style Foods on Facebook.


More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Wings from Old Florida Style Foods
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster BBQ Company Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Ray’s 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk BBQ Wings with Hoboken Eddies
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

Pyrodust Seasoning on Wings review

Pyrodust, out of Texas, is a blend of spices that are just perfect on grilled wings. “Flavor in a handful of dust” is their slogan.

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We smoke grilled about 36 wings this weekend, half of which were done with an Orange Chipotle sauce recipe from Gary Glen, and the other half with a dry rub from Pyrodust. Actually, we did two batches of wings with Pyrodust BBQ Dry Rub Medium, and Pyrodust BBQ Dry Rub Spicy. The Orange Chipotle sauce was just okay – just not hot enough for us, while the Pyrodust dry wings were the winner(s).

I don’t remember how I found Pyrodust, but I’m sure it was on the Internet, so I ordered a 3 pack of their BBQ Dry Rubs – the Spicy and Medium, along with their Steak Seasoning (a future post).

We dusted the wings heavily with the Pyrodust – some with the Medium, and some with the Spicy.

After smoking the wings for about an hour, we again dusted them with more Pyrodust. These dry rubbed wings were delicious.

Pyrodust BBQ Rubs Medium and Spicy

Ingredients: brown sugar, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, celery seed, paprika, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, rice concentrate (free flow agent)

(The ingredients of both the Spicy and Medium were identical.)

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Texture & Appearance: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Both of these rubs were of a coarse grind and texture. You can see lots of black pepper in each. Both were very attractive in appearance.

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Taste: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Sweet, celery, peppery – bordering on a classic “bbq style” flavor, yet with a hint of mustard and cayenne flavors.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – Both seasonings were very mild. Despite the name, Pyrodust is very tame.

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Label/Graphics: Rated 1 out of 5 StarsOne of the worst labels we’ve ever seen. Well, not the worst, but it is kind of plain. There’s a dog, with a bone, that is “pouring” something from the bone onto a steak… Whaaa?. Never mind the vast area of the label that has no info on it – and some of the text is small and hard to read (black on red). Thankfully, the name PYRODUST is in big, bold letters set off nicely on a white background.
Pyrodust could use the help of a good graphic artist. As good as these rubs were, their label should reflect that same quality.

Having said all that about the label, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this up off of a shelf, based on the name and ingredients.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Despite the label and graphics, when you get down to the flavor, these rubs are delicious. And the name Pyrodust does not do them justice. These rubs are not “Pyro” in heat level at all – they are “Pyro” in flavor. Big flavor!

Visit Pyrodust.com to order these rubs and their “Mild” and “Atomic” versions.

And check out Pyrodust on Facebook.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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