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The Great Rib Rub Contest Vol. 1 + ABT's QView

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thunderdome, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    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


    This weeks 2 contestants


    Rubbed down. They set at almost the exact same time, with nearly the exact same level of sugar it looks like


    Three Little Pigs (B) and Plowboys (F)


    Notice how close they are in color, down to the amount of pepper used in each rub

    Mid-Cook storm. Luckily didnt effect the UDS (German Engineering [​IMG])


    Foil is ready @ the 3 hour mark. No liquid added for these


    Back on


    Here is my ultra top secret ABT mixture...


    Rolled up and on the drum


    Out of foil and ready for judging


    These ABT's took on A LOT of smoke


    Not a whole lot of difference in appearance when done. The Kansas City Sweet was a tad bit darker


    Both racks took in a nice amount of smoke. I really like the peach wood chunks


    Plowboys Close up


    Three Little Pigs Close Up

    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). / message sig
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  2. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

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  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    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
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    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. [​IMG]
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    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.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  6. What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing!
  7. craiger

    craiger Fire Starter

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

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

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

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

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

    Thanks, I enjoyed it

    Thanks Craiger, i dont think this new forum loads active threads the same as it used to (or as a default)
  9. What a great post.  Very good play by play....and the qview has me a slobbering fool.  Thumbs up!!
  10. peixegato

    peixegato Smoke Blower

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

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    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 !!!
  13. joneser

    joneser Smoke Blower

    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.
  14. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

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

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    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.