It's always a good thing to come home from work and find a package on the front porch. This time it was a package from Great Lake BBQ Supply with a bag of their new rub.
Let me get the negative out of the way first. The packaging stinks. The rub comes in a sealed mylar bag. The bag is a pain to deal with when trying to rub the ribs and doesn't fit well on a shelf with all the other rubs. They need to use good old, regular bottles. I've already put the remainder of mine in a leftover bottle I have.
The rub has a nice combination of sugar and paprika. That along with the garlic gives the rub a really nice aroma when the back is first opened.
I really liked how as the ribs smoked the rub gave the ribs a nice deep red color. This may not seem important, but many times rubs just seem to fade into the meat and having an appealing color to your finished meat is important.
You can really see the color in this picture after about five hours of cooking. As the meat started to pull back from bones the bark just intensified.
I glazed the ribs with a sweeter BBQ sauce thinned with a little apple juice. I didn't want to cover up the rub flavor. The flavor of the ribs was fantastic. The rub flavor is some what mild. For those who enjoy a spicy rib rub this one might provde to be a little to mild, but should please the tastebuds of many. You can order RSS Rib Rub from www.greatlakesbbqsupply.com