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 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.

Chicken Choker Wing Rub

WEEK OF WINGS IV – Day 6 – Dry Rubbed Wings


With ribs, there are fans of the wet and sticky kind, and fans of the dry rubbed version. So it is with wings too… wet and saucy, or dry and spicy. This is our entry for our Week of Wings 4 with a dry rub, er… seasoning.

Chicken Choker Wing Rub from is a fiery blend of spices designed to give you a hot, spicy dry rubbed wing.

While not exactly rubbed before grilling, these wings are prepped in yet another unusual fashion. The hot, grilled wings are tossed in melted butter and sprinkled with Chicken Choker Wing Rub before serving. Hot, dry and crispy – these babies will light you up!

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Review of Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 4 – Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub

For Day 4 we wanted to bring you a dry rubbed wing review. We chose the All American Spice Rub from Pork Barrel BBQ. Simply a top-notch rub from a great company.

We marinated these wings in 3 Tbls. EVOO, with 1 tsp. of rub for a few hours.
Then we cooked them as usual by baking in the oven (20 minutes at 375° then a quick fry in canola oil at 375° to crisp them up and finish them). See our Wings 101 post for details.

The result was a crispy, delicious, wing with an umami taste that rivaled anything else we had tried with other rubs. Though not hot, the flavor profile was enough to make us look at each other and say, “OMG, these are so good!” Most folks think of wings as being hot or buffalo-style in order to enjoy them, but we could go back to these again and again and could serve them to everyone, even the non-hot sauce folks (read: parents), and get rave reviews.

Texture & Appearance:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Almost a perfect balance of textures – coarse to medium.

Taste:Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – even though salt is the first ingredient, this rub is not salty. Sweet, savory, piquant… a great all purpose rub.

Heat Level:Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – light, mild heat. There are ancho and chipotle peppers in this mix, but very understated. Some of you might find it slightly spicy, while the Chilehead might find it tame or mild. We think it falls just a notch above that.

Label/Graphics:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – This rub is packed in a 4.5 oz glass jar (a plus) with a simple label. It reads “Spice Rub” first, then you see the pig with fork statue – very Washington DC-y – and the banner of “Pork Barrel BBQ” around the top. The fact that it’s for Meat – Poultry – Fish – Veggies shows up also. Great packaging in the glass jar with a simple clean label.

Overall Rating:Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – This is our first review of their All American Spice Rub. We can’t wait to see how it fares on ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Stay tuned!

Ingredients: salt, spices, garlic, onion, smoked paprika, ancho chile, chipotle chile

You can order the All American Spice Rub from Pork Barrel BBQ – tell them Hot Sauce Daily sent you!

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Two congressional staffers from Missouri, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, were lamenting the lack of a good barbecue joint in Washington, DC, during a late night Senate debate over pork barrel spending. An idea popped into their heads, and Pork Barrel BBQ was born.

They were named Best BBQ Sauce and #75 of the #125 best foods for men by Men’s Health Magazine.

In 2009, they appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and struck a deal with New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. You can meet Heath and Brett in their appearance on Shark Tank Episode 5:

We were happy to hang out with them in 2010 at Pork in the Park in Salisbury, MD. Since then, they have gone on to win many awards across the country, and even rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange along with their investors. They are now preparing to open their first restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA, later this year. These are two of the most down-to-earth, nicest guys you could meet.

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We hope you enjoyed this review and will get yourself some or all of Pork Barrel BBQ’s products!