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 ordered by the officials from PelamisWave.

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 while also offering CarryOut Supplies paper coffee cup.

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


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.

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced

Who gets excited about ketchup?

Or catsup? Isn’t it a kid’s thing after all?

Sir Kensington's Ketchup

Not in this case. Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is for grownups.

It features chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and hint of coriander.

Spicy enough to amuse the taste buds, it “packs a pleasing punch without sinking the ship”.

While all the world is a-twitter about sriracha this and bacon that (both now in ketchups, by the way), Sir Kensington’s has been quietly proudly making their ketchups and other condiments since 2008.

You just may not have heard of them until now.

Sir Kensington’s is headquartered in a Prohibition-era building overlooking the Hudson River in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup comes in beautiful square 11 oz jars, adorned with awesome graphics (a monocled Brit) and witty text.


Even the Story of Sir Kensington’s is a comedic read in and of itself!

With 50% less sugar and 33% less sodium than regular ketchup, Sir Kensington’s Ketchup is packed with great flavor.

Ingredients: tomatoes, tomato paste, organic sugar, organic distilled vinegar, onions, spices, jalapeños, salt, lime juice concentrate, green bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid.

Sir Kensington's texture

Texture: The texture is remarkable. Thick and rich. Bold.

Aroma: Pungent and sweet. The organic sugar really makes a difference in both the smell and taste. And the vinegar is muted, not sharp, but mellow. Fragrant.

Taste: Sweet and slightly vinegary. Full bodied tomato flavor. Delicious.

Heat: Mildly spicy – just a tingle. Even the kids on their JoovyZoom360UltralightJogging stroller will like this ketchup. (Tell ’em it’s for grownups only!) A great way to introduce the little folks to some chipotle pepper heat. Spicy.

Overall: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Highly recommended!

On Food:

We had Sir Kensington’s Ketchup on french fries of course…

Fries with Sir Kensington's

…and hot dogs.

Hot dog with Sir Kensington's

This is one of the few times I would put ketchup on hot dogs.

Bonus Recipe. Write this down!

Here’s a cute toasted hot dog recipe I grew up with as a kid.


  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 hot dog
  • 2 toothpicks


  1. Place american cheese on bread.
  2. Place hot dog on top, diagonally.
  3. Spoon on Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and other condiments.
  4. Fold bread corners over and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Toast / broil until golden brown. Enjoy.

Toasted hot dog with Sir Kensington's

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is one of 7 variants of condiments that they make, and you just must try! Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Mustards are all offered with varying degrees of spice and flavors.


Where to purchase: Sir Kensington’s is available all over the New York City / New Jersey / Long Island areas at these fine grocers: Sur la Table, Whole Foods, and Fairway.

And of course online at SirKensingtons.com.

Even though we received a few bottles of Sir Kensington’s for review, as I finish writing this… I’ve already gone to their site to order even more – including their mustards. It’s that good!

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

Ubons PitMaster’s Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix

We last looked at Ubons BBQ Bloody Mary Mix back in March of 2013 where it placed 3rd among 5 mixers with ★★★☆☆.

This is their latest version called “Hot and Spicy”.

Ubons PitMaster’s Hot and Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer

ubons hot and spicy bloody mary mix

Since this is still the BBQ Month of May, what better bloody mary mix to review than one from Ubons? Ubons having won many championships on the BBQ circuit as Ubons of Yazoo, surely know their way around the bbq pit. And I’m sure many a bloody mary have been concocted at those camps.

Ingredients: Tomato puree (water, tomato paste), Worchestershire sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), vinegar, sugar, molasses, salt, lemon juice, garlic, onion, ascorbic acid, spices.

Taste: Thick and full of mouth texture, with bits of garlic and spices. Bright, fresh tomato taste. Savory.


Texture and Appearance: Celery, black pepper and a little lemon in the background. The Worcestershire sauce blends in nicely as a supporting player… not so predominant. Fresh vegetable flavor.

Heat Level: There’s only just a tingle of heat that stays in my mouth after a good couple of sips. Only mildly spicy. Compared to the Original Ubons, this is just a tad above spicy. Perfect heat.

Final thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our top rating of 5 stars! This Bloody Mary Mix is delicious, thick and savory.

Ubons Pitmasters Hot & Spicy

They are offering deals on a 2 pack or 6 pack of the Bloody Mary Mixes on http://ubons.net/

Chili Dans BBQ Bloody Mary recipe

Continuing our Sunday Bloody Mary series, we are featuring a unique BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce, his custom rim topper recipe, V8 Vegetable Juice, and garnished with some spicy pickled green beans from Blaze’s. This is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe that you can craft to be your own.

BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce

Chili Dan's BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe

One of our Top Favorite Products in 2013, Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce is the basis for this unique BBQ flavored Bloody Mary recipe. Sweet and savory, we reviewed Chili Dan’s here.

Now, “Chili Dan” Miller is going to have my head on a platter for suggesting that this is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe. Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce is anything BUT a BBQ sauce… but we have to categorize this somehow… and so BBQ it is.

Make this your own version

chili dan's bbq bloody mary ingredients

The beauty of this recipe, like all good recipes, is that you can make it your own! While we would love for you to get your hands on a couple of bottles of Chili Dan’s Sauce… you can substitute any other favorite BBQ sauce (sweeter is best here) and any spice blend you like for the glass rim. And while Blaze’s Pickled Green Beans is celebrating 20 years up in Vancouver, Canada… again, garnishes are up to you. BTW, Blaze’s Green Beans are easily ordered for shipping to the US on their website. Pas de problème.

Overview of the Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Recipe

You’re going to pour a little bit of Chili Dan’s (or your favorite BBQ sauce) onto a dish to wet the rim of your glass.

Chili Dan's Rim seasonings

You’re going to dredge the wet rimmed glass in Chili Dan’s Rim Topper seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).

Chili Dan's sauce in bottom of glass.

Fill that glass with ice, and add 1 or 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).

Add 1 or 2 or 3 ounces of your favorite adult beverage (Vodka in this case. Tequila if it’s Saturday Night. Whiskey if you live in Kentucky or Tennessee.)

Chili Dan's Bloody Mary Finished

Add the Blaze’s Beans and/or any garnishes you like. Chili Dan calls for a “floater” of 1/2 ounce juice (brine) from the pickled beans. I passed on that step.

Final Thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Refreshing. Probably the most enjoyable and refreshing Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time. The overall sweet taste was a nice departure from the typical hot, spicy, horseradish-laden Bloody Mary mixers. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

Bloody Mary with Chili Dans

To wrap things up, seriously consider working with this recipe, hopefully with some Chili Dan’s, and make it your own. Get creative and enjoy!


Here’s Chili Dan himself, making his cocktail on local tv

Fast forward to 4:18 for the Bloody Mary.

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

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce based Bloody Mary Recipe? Tell us about it in the Comments below. We’d all like to learn from each other!

Ten Recipes for National Hot and Spicy Food Day 2013

National Hot and Spicy Food Day is an unofficial day dedicated to the eating of spicy foods, particularly of international origin. The exact origins of National Hot and Spicy Food Day are unknown; however, hot and spicy food has been a part of the human diet for over 6000 years.

sriracha garlic wings recipe

10 Hot and Spicy Recipes

I gathered this list of fiery recipes as a “must try” list of my own. I hope some of them inspire you to make a hot and spicy dish too.

1. Ranch-Style Eggs with Chorizo and Tomato-Red Chile Sauce

Bobby Flay uses spicy Mexican chorizo, fresh red chile sauce, and fried eggs – served on fried corn tortillas.

2. Simple Chile de Arbol Salsa

Chile de árbol has a mild to medium heat level (15-30,000 Scoville units). This simple salsa recipe includes garlic and oregano.

3. Chile Roasted Shrimp

Featuring red jalapenos, garlic and butter, this Cajun style recipe looks delicious.

Chile roasted shrimp

via Chow

4. Grilled Jerk Pork Skewers

Most jerk sauces and marinades are fairly complex in ingredients, and this is no exception. You can substitute a decent jar of Pickapeppa or Walkerswood jerk paste for these grilled pork skewers. Includes a honey-lime sauce.

5. Grilled Mexican Chorizo with Spicy Tomato Caper Sauce

More fiery Mexican chorizo, this time as sausages.

6. Chipotle Burgers

Only 4 ingredients needed for these smoky burgers.

7. Peruvian-Style Grilled Chicken

It’s all about the green sauce here. Spatchcock or butterfly the bird.

We’ll finish with 3 of our most popular posts for hot and spicy food!

8. Chipotle Glazed Tex Mex Meatloaf

We always have a few cans of chipotles in adobo handy.

9. Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Grilled Jalapenos

More chorizo. I love the stuff. These are fiery candy for your mouth.

10. Sriracha Garlic Chicken Wings

These hot, spicy, garlicky wings are our favorite.

Which of these hot and spicy recipes would you most like to try? Leave a Comment below and tell us.

Spicy BBQ Sauce Wing Throwdown

This guest post is from our friend Big Wayne Brown of BigWaynerBBQ.com

I’ve been on a chicken wing kick lately.  Actually, it’s been a craving induced by a demand from my wife for more space in the pantry.  When I did this last week, it was for mustard-based sauces.  And with Brian and Marilyn asking me to do a guest blog for them, I thought it would be sort of appropriate to do a chicken wing throwdown with spicy BBQ sauces.  So without further delay, here are the sauces for this week’s chicken wing throwdown:

From left to right:

The Method to My Madness

In a matter similar to the last chicken wing throwdown, I used Tyson wings purchased at Sam’s Club and lightly seasoned them with a 50/50 blend of Draper’s AP Rub and Moo’d Enhancer.  However, rather than cooking them in the smoker and then finishing them on the grill, I cooked the wings directly on the Weber OTG Kettle Grill using Kingsford charcoal and a single Red Oak Mojobrick Bar-B-Qube.  Cook time was approximately 15-20 minutes (I wasn’t tracking the time all that close). 

So now on to the sauces…

Grumpy’s Private Reserve Black Label

Grumpy’s BBQ Sauce is based out of Thornton, CO (just north of Denver).  Their entire line of sauces have been garnering awards since 2005, including placement in the prestigious Scovie awards.  The Black Label sauce is a classic tomato-based sauce with habanero and cayenne peppers providing the heat.

Ingredients: cider vinegar, tomato paste, water, dark brown sugar, hot sauce, liquid smoke, cracked black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, habanero powder, onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, oriental hot mustard



On Wings

Appearance Thick consistency, dark red color Coated the wings very well
Aroma Peppery; Naturally sweet from the tomato ingredient Tomato sweet aroma
A Taste Sweet with a touch of bitterness; medium heat level that lingered for a bit Sweet with a little tang; very natural flavor; not as much heat, but still present

Angry Nephew’s BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce comes to us from Garner, NC (a suburb of Raleigh).  Angry Nephew’s has been featured in Country Living magazine as one of their top BBQ sauces in the country.  This sauce incorporates ghost chili peppers to add that extra punch.

Ingredients: ketchup, soda beverage, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, kosher sauce, Bhut Jolokia pepper, spices, garlic powder, liquid smoke flavor, onion



On Wings

Appearance Smooth dark red color; slightly thinner consistency Coated the wings quite well for a thinner sauce
Aroma Tomato sweetness; a touch of “fizziness”; pepper Sweet and spicy, with a touch of tang
A Taste Balanced flavors with a medium heat level Retained balanced flavors; heat level started out low and gradually grew to a medium lingering heat

Hoosier Daddy Ghost Roast Barbecue Sauce

Based out of Dyer, IN, Hoosier Daddy Barbecue Sauce is putting Indiana on the BBQ sauce map by offering a unique buttery sweet flavor.  Ghost Roast markets itself as a “flame throwing hot barbecue sauce that can wake the dead and make you howl”.

Ingredients: brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mustard, water, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, cider vinegar, peach puree, cayenne pepper puree, salt, spice extracts, modified corn starch, caramel color, natural smoke flavor, onion powder



On Wings

Appearance Dark caramel color; thick consistency Coated the wings well
Aroma Buttery rich sweetness; a touch of tang Sweet, sweet, sweet
A Taste Buttery sweet flavor; multiple levels of sweetness; this sauce gets really hot really fast HOT!!  Heat lingers for quite some time; rich sweetness

The Shed Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce

Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, The Shed has been providing BBQ goodness to people since 2001.  They have received wide acclaim in numerous media outlets, and their sauces have done well in various BBQ sauce competitions.  Their Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce offers one of the more unique flavor profiles out on the market today.

Ingredients: maple syrup, ketchup, orange concentrate, water, minced onion, cider vinegar, orange rind, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, A-1 steak sauce, clove, cayenne pepper, salt, other spices



On Wings

Appearance Thick consistency with a slightly chunky texture; dark red color Nicely coated the wings; sauce appeared a bit more orange
Aroma Citrus/sweet aroma combination with some pepper Sweetness prevails here; citrus is not as apparent
A Taste Very unique flavor (sweet/citrus orange); lower heat level Sweetness prevails; citrus orange is not as prevalent; very nice flavors


So what do I recommend?  It really depends on what you’re looking for.  Hoosier Daddy Ghost Roast packs some serious heat – it may be too hot for a majority of people out there.  It is also the only sauce that concentrates solely on sweet flavor profiles.  The other three sauces are a toss-up.  Any of them will work very nicely.  The Spicy Orange Sunset Sauce offers the most unique flavor profile out there with the addition of the citrus orange flavors… this one will work great on poultry!


Grumpy’s BBQ Sauce –  http://www.grumpysbbq.com/ 
Nephew’s BBQ – http://nephewsbbq.intuitwebsites.com/
Hoosier Daddy BBQ Sauce – http://www.hoosierdaddybbqsauce.com/
The Shed BBQ – http://theshedbbq.com/

We’d like to thank Big Wayne Brown for this guest post. Check out his BBQ blog for great recipes, reviews and BBQ goodness at BigWaynerBBQ.com

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom Slosser of TomsRoidRippinHotSauce.com has ventured beyond the hot sauce world and created Tom’s Roid-Rippin BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite. Don’t be mislead, it says “Sweet” but this BBQ sauce packs a big hit of heat from some red habanero peppers.

We are excited to bring you an exclusive first review of it.

Before we actually cooked with it, we tasted Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce straight out of the bottle. It was quite smoky, very sweet and savory and VERY spicy. There is some real flavorful heat here folks.

Tom's Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom’s Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

We think there are many, many awesome BBQ sauces out there that really turn out fantastic after you grill with them. But some can taste a bit odd straight out of the bottle and then really blossom after slathering on meat and applying some heat. This time, we need some finesse. We need to cook with it. Let’s see how it stands up after grilling and cooking.

Ingredients: tomato juice, tomato paste, water, distilled vinegar, molasses, sugar, honey, raisins, lime juice, liquid smoke – mesquite, butter, red habanero peppers, olive oil blend (canola oil, olive oil), salt, Worchestershire sauce (water, distilled vinegar, worchestershire concentrate, molasses, vinegar, spices, natural flavor, garlic powder, caramel color, anchovies, tamarind, sulfiting agent, sugar, salt), onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, dry mustard.

Taste straight up:

Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite is quite powerful and raw straight up out of the bottle. In our opinion, it’s not meant to be your typical dipping/glugging BBQ sauce. The mesquite smoke flavoring is fairly strong, and although there is indeed a lot of sweetness from the molasses, sugar and honey, the red habaneros are nothing to mess with. They add quite a bit of heat and spice to the mix. The Worchestershire sauce adds a nice dark flavor, and the end spices round things out nicely.

Tom's Roid Rippin' Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Texture & Appearance:

Thick and dark, Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is also very sticky. Because of the heavy sweeteners you must brush this on your meat near the end of the cook so as not to burn it. After heating and grilling with it, the sauce thinned out and presented a nice shine and glaze – a great result for ribs or wings.

On Grilled Wings:

Tom's Mesquite Grilled Wings

Tom’s Mesquite Grilled Wings

We started with grilled chicken wings for our first taste test. The sauce set up nicely, although it was a bit thin for our preference. The Mesquite flavor mellowed out somewhat, but the heat stuck with us. This is a spicy BBQ sauce.

Tom's Mesquite on wings

Tom’s Mesquite on wings

On Pulled Pork:

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom's Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Next, we tossed some pulled pork in Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce, and heated up the mixture. Placed on lightly toasted buns, these pulled pork sliders really wowed us. The sweetness of the pork really tempered the heat of the sauce, which made for a delicious combination of heat and mesquite and sweet. The pork sliders were big winners for us – really showcasing the rich flavors of this BBQ sauce.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – This sauce is pretty spicy straight up, but after heating it up, or cooking with it, the heat subsides a bit. It’s smoky, slightly fiery and very savory.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Tom’s entire line of graphics and labels are first class. Self designed, they sport a clean consistent graphic and font. Very recognizable and very unique.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – We’re going with a 4 star rating due to the great marriage of flavor and spice on our pulled pork. While Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is hot and flavorful, and it works pretty good on the wings (we don’t think it’s thick enough to stand up to the high heat of grilled wings), – the pulled pork sliders really shined, and were our favorites. I hope to cook some beef with this incredibly dense and rich sauce soon. True to all of Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ sauces, it’s a delicious addition to the Roid-Rippin’ family of flavors.

You can purchase Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce here.

B More Nutz Nutterz Review

We recently opened a few bags of B More Nutz potato chip coated peanuts called Nutterz to bring you this review of a great spicy snack.

Dick Taylor, founder and president of B More Nutz (outside Baltimore, or Bawlmer, hon), has brought an amazing new food concept to the USA. Inspired by the snacks he enjoyed on his pub crawls in Scandinavia, he has created an extensive line of potato chip coated peanuts, called Nutterz. These are so addictive, with so much flavor (and some heat, depending on which one you select) that I’ve eaten about a quarter of a bag, just now, in the name of research. (Ah, the sacrifices we make!)

With flavor profiles ranging from savory regional flavors (Crab Flavor, reminiscent of Old Bay), to Bacon Cheddar (one of the best sellers), Nuclear (too hot for me), and my personal favorite, Jalapeno Cheddar, he has brought an incredibly crunchy, “OMG, these are so good” bar/football party/hang out with your buddies/pop in your mouth snack foods. Not greasy like potato chips, not too salty like some nuts, I cannot say enough good things about Nutterz. Sold in 9 oz. resealable bags or 5 lb Party Pails, these are sure to start popping up in bars and living rooms across the country.

I was curious as to how these wonderful things are actually created. Here’s the info from his website, bmorenutz.com:

We take a whole peanut, skin on, and coat it with potato batter—then fry it briefly in 100% pure peanut oil to give it a crispy shell. Seasonings from all-natural sources are added to give each Nutterz a unique flavor. Unlike potato chips, these won’t go stale… and we’ve never kept them around long enough anyway.

Until I read this, I hadn’t realized the skins were left on the peanuts.( I never liked the “paper” found on regular Spanish peanuts). They are so light and crunchy, savory and yes, addictive. Believe me when I say you must try these. Go to www.bmorenutz.com, or www.peppers.com, to place your order. Get a few bags because they go fast!

Texture & Appearance: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – I love the texture – a crisp crunchy coating on the outside complemented by the softer peanut inside.

Taste: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – savory, spicy, salty, lots of levels of flavors

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – varies with flavor chosen, but none are without some heat.

Label/Graphics: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – great attention-grabbing graphics, superior packaging in a well-made foil bag with closures.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Great flavors, satisfying texture, and spicy profile make these a “must have onhand” at our house!

Ingredients: peanuts, potato starch, sugar, flour, peanut oil, corn meal, egg whites, salt, sodium bicarbonate, cheese powder (pasturized milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes), whey, maltodextrin, sugar, msg, onion and garlic, citric acid, oleoresin, parika, soybean oil