Variety they say, is the spice of life.
Is it no wonder that going to fast food places like the major burger chains is so boring that they have to include a new kids toy every week so that the little munchkins have something to look forward to and enjoy after the meal since the meals are so bland?
Well that is why I enjoy reviewing BBQ products including sauces and rubs as they give us choice and different flavour profiles to our foods making every meal taste like a new experience. This is why I suggest to you that you do not marry yourself to just one BBQ sauce or one seasoning in your pantry.
This week I was pleased to receive a set of DBQ Sauce and Rub from Draper’s BBQ out of Cunningham Kentucky. I get sauces and rubs from a lot of small batch makers across North America for testing purposes but this was a little different. I actually won the DBQ Products on facebook as Draper’s BBQ from their fan page sends out prize-packs when they reach certain milestones. In my case my name was pulled from a hat after the fan site reached 200 members. I had only became a member a short time before that and had not communicated with them much if it all so they I do not think knew that I was a blogger. As a great gesture of goodwill after finding out that I was a reviewer Shane Draper announced he would do a second draw for regular Jane’s or Joe’s.
As I mentioned I had not had many discussions with Shane previously though I had heard of his products through other blog writers that had reviewed the DBQ Sauce and Rub and they all seemed to be impressed with the products.
I would like to give you some background on Draper’s BBQ and how the products came about but instead I will let Shane tell you him self. head over to his about page on the DBQ Website and you will find a great story told by Shane on how DBQ came to be. I was very impressed on the story and I can see how important the three generations of Draper’s were in it’s development.
Delivery of the package of DBQ product started off poorly as even though the glass bottle of sauce had been bubble wrapped and put in a box with newspaper when I opened the package the plastic bottle cap had broken, though only a couple of drops came out of the bottle. That is a good thing about being a thick sauce, if that was a NC based sauce there would of been very little left.
I read on Shane’s facebook page that they fired the USPS as their delivery provider after that, especially since it cost $24.95 to send that to me.
Though I should point out that if shipping to Canada using the USPS is a better option since FedEx and Ups and alike will charge me taxes and duties for crossing the border. So keeping in mind that the post office likes to go for the extra point maybe a little more bubble wrap around the ends would be prudent.
I was able to fix the lid by wrapping some electrical tape around it.
Here is the tasty part…. The Review
Having kids over from time to time I like to have some quick food for them and I had some Dinosaur shaped Chicken Nuggets and some Steak Potato Fries in my freezer so I thought that would be a good meal to test out the DBQ products
First off lets have a look at the DBQ A.P. Rub by Draper’s BBQ
The 5.5 oz. container is sturdy with an appealing label that is not to busy and easy to read.
They called it A.P. which they say stands for “All Purpose” but to me it could also stand for “Any Plate”
I will share with you what is stated in the label of the rub…
“Draper’s BBQ A.P. Rub is great on meat, poultry, veggies, added in soups, as seasoning for dredging flour and for deviled eggs. So versatile, it can replace salt & pepper, be added to brines and even (trust us) sprinkled on popcorn! This rub has truly earned the name All Purpose. It’s mix of savory, salty, spicy and sweet compliment a great variety of foods and reaches it’s full potential when used with Draper’s BB Smokin’ Sauce”
I taste tested the rub by itself and I feel that it gives a great combination of flavours that will enhance almost anything. In the future I will try it on some BBQ meats but today I sprinkled it on the Steak Cut French Fries before I baked them in the oven.
Ingredient listing as follows… Sea Salt, Turbinado Sugar, Spices, including Paprika, Brown Sugar, Dehydrated Onion and Garlic and not more than 1% Tricalcium Phosphate added to prevent caking.
I like that they used a combination of Sea Salt which has a thicker salt crystal and the Turbinado Sugar which will do a great job when cooking meat as Turbinado will not burn as easily as regular sugars would.
DBQ Draper’s BBQ Smokin’ Sauce
Along with the fries I heated up some Dinosaur shaped Chicken Nuggets that I picked up from a local frozen foods store called Almost Perfect here in Oshawa.
I have to say that this sauce was much more flavourable than the sauces that you would get at McDonald’s though I would not necessarily suggest that young kids would enjoy the DBQ as much as the adults, DBQ’s Smokin’ Sauce has a bold rich flavour that combines many sensations such as Sweet, Heat, Tangy & Smokey all in one.
As with the Rub let me quote the Smokin’ Sauce label…
“This sauce great on all kinds of meat as a baste or dipping sauce. Excellent on ribs, chicken, pork, beef or any smoked meat. A blend of sweat, tangy,and smokey with a touch of heat. This sauce isn’t Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina, St Louis or Texas. It is DBQ Style!
Drapers BBQ is made of three unique generations of barbecue craftsmen that couldn’t be possible with out James Draper, the founder of DBQ. He is a missed mentor, teacher and Christian.”
Ingredients as listed on the bottle…
Ketchup (Red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, onion powder, spice, natural flavour) Molasses, honey,brown sugar, Mustard (distilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, tumeric and spices), water, vinegar,Worcestershire sauce (Vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, salt, caramel colour, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor) spice, dried onion,chili powder, dried garlic,salt, cinnamon, Soy sauce (water, salt, hydrolyzed soy protein, corn syrup, caramel coloring), nutmeg, basil, smoke flavor, thyme and spices.
I would of ended this review on that high note but then I got a phone call from my buddy Herman which invites his other friend Bob and I over to his house every Saturday night for a get together to watch a Hockey game and some taped episodes of Mythbusters.
The reason for Herman’s call was to let me know he was running late so that he may still be in the middle of making his family’s dinner which on this day was Smoked Turkey and Ribs!
I asked him if he had sauced the ribs and he had not. So I asked if I could bring over some sauce. So I dropped by with Coolio and the DBQ Smokin’ Sauce.
Herman took the meat out of the foil and added sauce for 10 minutes using another brand of sauce on the turkey and the DBQ Smokin’ Sauce for the Ribs. Herman tried a little on his finger and his eyes lit up and said ‘Wow that is tasty sauce!” by the way for those wondering the meat on the left is half of a Smoked Turkey which was sauced by something else.
Herman took it all off the grill and brought the meat up to his family and a few minute later he brought me down a chunk of ribs exclaiming that his family was devouring the ribs, and that they were the best that Herman had ever made!
These ribs were fantastic! rivals anything that I ate at various RibFests last summer, DBQ Smokin’ Sauce enhanced the ribs both by the sauce that was slathered on during the last 10 minutes of the cook and when I added a bit more on top. Wow! I can see what Shane means when he put on the label of every bottle of Rub and Sauce ” Three generations of pride and flavour in a bottle”
As far as Draper’s BBQ BDQ Smokin’ Sauce and A.P. Rub is concerned, I will say that it is Ogre and Coolio approved and I recommend that you give these products a try.
You can order the DBQ line from BBQ PRO SHOP online.
BBQ Pro Shop is a great source for many of the smaller or micro batch sauce and rub makers and they sell many of the brands that I have tested and reviewed.
I was also impressed that BBQ Pro Shop used their blog to promote the many Bloggers that review products like Draper’s DBQ Click on this link to see the other blogger reviews all in one spot. I hope that my review will be joining that list shortly.
If your in the state of Kentucky these local shops can supply you…
(copied from DBQ’s Website)
- Bardwell, Ky
- Cunningham, Ky
- Kuttawa, Ky
- Paducah, Ky
To communicate with Draper’s BBQ you can use the following social media outlets
On twitter @drapersbbq
The Drapers BBQ website
As with all of my reviews, I am not paid by the suppliers for my thoughts I only give honest opinions of products that are sent to me to test.