At any given time, if you open up my spice cabinet I will have 10-15 different bbq rubs. I just can’t seem to get enough of them. With so many different flavor profiles available, I want them all, and I see no reason to make my own when I can have a myriad of options at my fingertip all the time. So, anytime a company offers to send me a sample of their rub to try I will happily accept, which is exactly what happened with Mike’s BBQ Rub.
One of the things that was especially exciting to me about trying this rub was that it’s currently only sold in Canada, so I would never be able to just pick this up at my local bbq supply store. If you read the About Us section on their website it talks about how the rub was created, and it all began at a backyard bbq. After rave reviews on his rub, and then extensive research, the final product was developed and now he is in 55 locations across Canada and growing.
I always enjoy learning about how people get started, but now let’s get to the good stuff, how it tastes. According to Mike, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, but I would say it leans more on the savory side of things. It has a little twinge of heat, but I wouldn’t call it spicy, and it has a hint of sweet, but I wouldn’t really call it sweet either, I would really just call it a well rounded savory rub. I say all of this with positivity because I really enjoyed it. I thought it had great balance and added tremendous flavor to everything I tried it on.
When I first got the rub, like I do with all rubs, I gave it a good sniff and then tasted it plain on my finger. I immediately picked up on the paprika, which is a flavor I enjoy so I was excited to get cooking with it. After that I could taste the spices in there of garlic and onion, which led to a nice little tickle of heat in the back of my throat, followed by the cool down of some sweet. See what I mean, nice and well rounded flavor tones. Initially, I tried it on some chicken breast since I enjoy paprika on chicken, and I loved it. No one flavor was overpowering, they all blended together beautifully, and made for a delicious piece of chicken.
Next I put it on some St. Louis style ribs, and WOW, the flavors were awesome! Before I sauced the ribs I tried some dry to really get a taste of the rub and it was fantastic. Normally I prefer a sweeter rib, but I really enjoyed the flavors of this savory rub on the ribs. Then, when I added a little sweet bbq sauce, my taste buds were in heaven. What a great combination.
Mike says you could use this rub on anything including vegetables and even popcorn, and I can definitely see that. Along with the ribs and chicken, I have also tried this on fish and it was again delicious. I think vegetables are next on the list, and then something with red meat, since I haven’t tried it on anything coming from a cow yet.
As mentioned earlier in the review, Mike’s BBQ Rub is currently only available in Canada, and Canadian residents can also purchase it straight from their website www.mikesbbqrubmtl.com. He is working to make it available in the US, so stay tuned.
I want to thank Mike’s BBQ Rub for sending us a sample, and I am looking forward to trying it on even more things in the future.