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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

After being on these forums for awhile, and watching anything I can to do w/ competition BBQ, I decided to try a couple notable rubs that I’ve seen or heard good things about.  There is a BBQ Island not too far from home, so over the past month I’ve picked up a couple different rubs I wanted to put to the test.

 

This lead to my first rib rub-off at home. I had 2 racks of spares from Sams that were perfect for my own little taste testing.

 

The 2 contestants this week are Plowboys BBQ Yardbird Rub VS. Three Little Pigs BBQ Rub Kansas City Sweet. Here’s the pics

 

Oh, did I mention that I made some ABT’s too?

 

Meat: Spare Ribs – Trimmed St. Louis style

Rub: 1-Plowyboys BBQ Yardbird, (2) Three Little Pigs BBQ Rub Kansas City Sweet

Smoker: UDS

Fuel: Kingsford Comp/Mesquite Lump/Peach Chunks

Temp: 245

Time: Approx 5.5 hours (3-1:40-30 method)

Spritz: Apple Juice and Peach Jumex every half hour

 

The St. Louis style spares ready to compete

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This weeks 2 contestants
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Rubbed down. They set at almost the exact same time, with nearly the exact same level of sugar it looks like
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Three Little Pigs (B) and Plowboys (F)
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Notice how close they are in color, down to the amount of pepper used in each rub
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Mid-Cook storm. Luckily didnt effect the UDS (German Engineering )
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Foil is ready @ the 3 hour mark. No liquid added for these
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Back on
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Here is my ultra top secret ABT mixture...
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Rolled up and on the drum
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Out of foil and ready for judging
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These ABT's took on A LOT of smoke
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Not a whole lot of difference in appearance when done. The Kansas City Sweet was a tad bit darker
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Both racks took in a nice amount of smoke. I really like the peach wood chunks
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Plowboys Close up
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Three Little Pigs Close Up
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JUDGES DECSION
Plowboys Yarbird BBQ Rub

This was a very tough decision. If blindfolded, I dont know that I could tell you the difference. The only reason Plowboys took the win was becasue I could taste a bit more pepper, which the Kansas City Sweet sort of lacked (personal preference).

post #2 of 16
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post #3 of 16

Great post man - I was watching this over on the other site we belong to and see much more action - love that you are taking the time to do the comparison and post it 

Thumbs up

post #4 of 16

Everything looks great. The ABT's look like they took on a bunch of smoke and not greasy! The ribs look like they have a good pull. I just wish for internet smell o vision.

post #5 of 16

Well your ribs look great and the winner is always hard to choose. Now if you have a change to try the Gates sweet rub I got some in an exchange and it was really good to. Now isn't that the way things go I like a rub I can't get my hands on.

post #6 of 16

What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

post #7 of 16

Nice post, very thorough and dsecriptive.  You got much more action on the other site.   Good pictures and original in concept!!!

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Scarbelly View Post

Great post man - I was watching this over on the other site we belong to and see much more action - love that you are taking the time to do the comparison and post it 

Thumbs up


Thanks Scarbelly. Yeah, I noticed that too. Sort of humbling to have to bump your own thread a day after posting it

 

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Originally Posted by meateater View Post

Everything looks great. The ABT's look like they took on a bunch of smoke and not greasy! The ribs look like they have a good pull. I just wish for internet smell o vision.


Thanks! I should have taken a pic of the bite mark. They were just right, and not too fall off the bone'ish


 

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Originally Posted by mballi3011 View Post

Well your ribs look great and the winner is always hard to choose. Now if you have a change to try the Gates sweet rub I got some in an exchange and it was really good to. Now isn't that the way things go I like a rub I can't get my hands on.



Thanks Mark, Now I'm gonna have to find some Gates!

 

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Originally Posted by TIMRENNER View Post

What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing!



Thanks, I enjoyed it

 

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Originally Posted by Craiger View Post

Nice post, very thorough and dsecriptive.  You got much more action on the other site.   Good pictures and original in concept!!!



Thanks Craiger, i dont think this new forum loads active threads the same as it used to (or as a default)

post #9 of 16

What a great post.  Very good play by play....and the qview has me a slobbering fool.  Thumbs up!!

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by ThunderDome View Post


JUDGES DECSION
Plowboys Yarbird BBQ Rub

This was a very tough decision. If blindfolded, I dont know that I could tell you the difference. The only reason Plowboys took the win was becasue I could taste a bit more pepper, which the Kansas City Sweet sort of lacked (personal preference).


If you had tasted them blindfolded.....sounds like you have your next assignment, lol!

post #11 of 16

I have a quick question? The foil, I'm assuming that was brown sugar & maybe butter???

post #12 of 16

Thunderdome

Awesome post, both racks of ribs look great and I very much enjoyed the read !!!

When are you doing a Rib Rub Volume 2?

Great rub, I've recently tried is called Mad Hunky. I highly suggest giving it a try, good stuff. If you Google it, very easy too order !!!

post #13 of 16

Great Post, Gotta love that BBQ Island. I visited Tempe last month and could have spent all day and my vacation budget in there. Good Folks there too.

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by MossyMO View Post

Thunderdome

Awesome post, both racks of ribs look great and I very much enjoyed the read !!!

When are you doing a Rib Rub Volume 2?

Great rub, I've recently tried is called Mad Hunky. I highly suggest giving it a try, good stuff. If you Google it, very easy too order !!!


I have tried Mad Hunky Rub before too. You can get it Here

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

The Mad Hunky rub will be my next contestant. I will keep you posted as to who it is goin up against

post #16 of 16

Looks Great TD----Interesting thread!

 

Don't feel bad about bumping your own thread. For some reason, I miss a whole lot more on this new platform than I missed on the old one. Guess I'm not alone.

 

 

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