When Neil Strawder asked me if I wanted to try his new pork rub I jumped at the opportunity. But after it arrived I have to admit I was a little conflicted. So much so, that I put off using it for several weeks. I wasn’t sure what I would do if I didn’t like it. I don’t, for the most part, do negative BBQ sauce or rub reviews on the blog. There have been exceptions, but for the most part I have tried to keep to that policy. So, if I didn’t like Bigmista’s Perfect Pork Rub I was going to have to write Neil an email and tell him so. I didn’t want to do that.
After using the rub a couple of times I found that I wasn’t less conflicted at all. Many of my readers know that Neil Strawder is one of my all-time favorite BBQ community people. As my dad used to say, “He’s just good people.” So when I make a statement like Bigmista’s Perfect Pork Rub might possibly be one of the best rubs ever to hit the market I didn’t want people to think I was just saying that because Neil and I are friends.
At the same time I didn’t think it was fair to Neil that I didn’t tell people how fantastic this stuff was. So yes, Neil Strawder is my friend, yes Neil sent me the rub for free and yes…Bigmista’s Barbecue’s Perfect Pork Rub is some of the best rub I’ve ever used. This stuff rocks and if you have not tried it you really should.
“It took me over five years to perfect our pork rub,” Neil told me recently when I had a chance to ask him a few questions about his rub. “There were lots of trials and error that went into developing this unique blend of spices,” he explained about the time it took him to master the flavor profile.
And as soon as you open the package you realize, with the first whiff, that it is a unique blend of spices. “The special thing about this rub is that it uses some spices that aren’t usually associated with pork. There is a bit of cinnamon in there and that is usually used in sweet dishes and desserts. The brain usually associates cinnamon with sweets but it isn’t sweet on its own. It’s a great addition for meat,” Neil continued. I have to admit I smelled the the cinnamon immediately and my first thought was that Neil could be nuts. But the flavor it adds to this rub along with the other spices is amazing.
Bigmista’s Barbecue is the King of Los Angeles area BBQ since this is the same pork rub they use on their pork and ribs you can get a bit of the taste that has people all over Southern California raving about his food.
I’ve used the rub on pork chops that were just simply grilled on my Weber kettle and now I can’t wait use the rub as a base for a pork brine. But the best use was the recent chopped rib meat sandwiches that I made recently. The flavor of the rub changes when it’s on the smoker for an extended period of time. It doesn’t really lose any flavor but it doesn’t mellow a little and when you’re going to add a little sauce to the meat the mellow flavor really works to enhance everything, both the meat taste and the sauce profile.
For the most part, I’ve learned over the years that almost any rub designed for pork should also work for chicken and sometimes even fish. I can’t wait to try this rub on a whole roasted chicken and also on some salmon. I’m thinking it’s going to be good.
Bigmista’s Perfect Pork Rub can be ordered from the man himself at Bigmista’s Barbecue.