When you are shopping for new rubs do you smell or taste them first, or just go by the ingredients list? Many stores near me will let you taste the rub if they have a sample container open, and I really enjoy that option, but for me it’s all about the smell. For some reason I find smelling a rub gives me a better feel for what it’s going to taste like on food rather than actually trying it. I know, I’m weird, but I accepted that years ago.
Recently, I was making my rounds to a few of my favorite BBQ stores looking for some new rubs to experiment with and that’s when I stumbled upon the Meat Mitch WHOMP! Rub. I was planning to cook up some baby back ribs that day and the picture of the pig on the bottle got my attention. According to the bottle, Meat Mitch has award winning Kansas City BBQ, and seeing as though I am a fan of Kansas City style BBQ (Ok, I am a fan of all styles of BBQ) I was excited to give this a try. I chatted up the employee at the store, and he said this was one of his favorite rubs (and he has told me in the past if he doesn’t like something), so I added this bottle to my bounty and planned on putting it on my ribs that night.
Upon opening the top I immediately got the smell of chili powder. Sugar is listed as the first ingredient, which made me happy because I enjoy sweetness in my rubs, but I knew it was going to have some kick because that chili powder smell was front and center. When you try the rub plain, you actually get a salty/savory flavor first, than a hint of that chili powder and paprika, followed by the sweet notes of the sugar. It’s a well rounded rub, but I would say leaning more savory than sweet.
The ribs came out great, because of the chili powder and paprika in the rub, I was able to get that perfect mahogany color we are always looking for when smoking ribs. I paired it with a more sweet than heat BBQ sauce and they were a crowd pleasure. With so much success with the ribs I decided to give this rub a try on a Boston Butt for pulled pork. What a great decision, the pork was filled with flavor, and Pellet Guy couldn’t stop raving about how good the pork was. Because I paired the ribs with a sweeter sauce the heat didn’t come through as much, but with the pulled pork you definitely got a bit more punch of heat, which was a welcomed surprise. It wasn’t overpowering or overwhelming at all, just a nice little “hey there, how you doing?” bit of heat.
Meat Mitch definitely has a winner on their hands here, and I plan to give this rub a try on some chicken very soon. Don’t be fooled by sugar being the first ingredient, this is a savory rub that I thought paired great with a sweet BBQ sauce. I purchased this at a local store for $7.99, but you can purchase directly from their website for $5.99, however with shipping it might be best to see if you can find it locally, and they have a location finder right on their site. While researching for this article, I noticed they sell their championship cooked meats on their site. Since they are located in Kansas, and it’s not someplace I get to often (and by often I mean once in the last 10 years), I may have to give that a try.
If MSG is not your thing, they offer a Naked Rub that is free of MSG, GMO’s and other additives making it all natural. For information on the Meat Mitch WHOMP! Rub as well as their other rubs, sauces, and cooked BBQ, please visit their website at www.meatmitch.com.
Have you tried any Meat Mitch stuff before?