Sunday, August 20, 2017

Product Review: Schultz's BBQ Sauces

By Dru Chai

One of my favorite things about smoking BBQ is being able to experiment with different flavor profiles on meats, which serve as a blank canvas to the art of BBQ. There are millions of BBQ restaurants all over the world, and there are millions of different ways to make BBQ.


On a recent backyard BBQ session, I experimented with a couple of Schultz's BBQ sauces -- Spicy Mesquite and Tangy Mustard. I tried both sauces on two full racks of spare ribs, both as a marinade and as a finishing sauce. I enjoyed the tangy mustard because it complemented the apple wood smoked pork ribs. The mustard-based BBQ sauce also contains molasses, and the sweetness typically lends itself well with pork ribs or pulled pork.


The spicy mesquite has a very strong flavor profile, and somewhat overpowers the pork. I love spicy foods, and this sauce has a sharp initial kick, but slowly mellows out after time. Once I tried the sauce with some brisket, it was a match made in heaven. The tang and acidic flavor from the tomato, jalapeno, and vinegar effectively cut the fattiness from the beef brisket. The spicy mesquite BBQ sauce would also pair nicely with a burger, or even as a dipping sauce for meatballs.

Dirty Smoke rating (3.5/5 stars) - Recommended

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fourth of July BBQ Brisket Recipes with Stubb's Bar-B-Q

This post is brought to you by Stubb's Bar-B-Q. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Dirty Smoke BBQ Blog.

By Dru Chai

Both Memorial Day and Father's Day has passed and now July 4th is right around the corner, which means the summer BBQ season is in full swing. Fireworks, flags, family, friends, and... brisket! Yes, brisket. There isn't anything more American (and Texan) than smoked brisket to celebrate the Fourth of July. Brisket is my favorite smoked meat, and of course the most requested BBQ item whenever I host a family or friends gathering.

The great thing about brisket is that it's so versatile when it comes to adding and developing recipes. Sure, you can simply eat brisket by the slice with some pickles, onions, and a slice of bread. But for those who want to a bit more creative, check out some of these recipes by Stubb's Bar-B-Q:








I like both the brisket sliders and brisket tacos recipes. Brisket complements any type of bread or starchy component because it can soak up all the meat juices and sauces. Combined with some pickles and crispy onion strings -- or just thinly sliced raw onions if you prefer -- it's just a great contrast in texture and flavor. Plus, it's BBQ backyard food! It's always fun and satisfying when picking up a slider or taco in one hand, and having a beer or cocktail in the other.

Rocky Stubblefield, grandson of Stubb's Legendary Bar-B-Q founder C.B. "Stubb" Stubblefield, has some tips for creating the perfect brisket to serve either on its own or in other recipes like the ones mentioned above. For the tip about placing the brisket fat side up, it really depends on where the heat source is located. On my Weber Smoky Mountain, I like to place the brisket with the fat side down because it shields the heat which is located on the bottom of the smoker.

The "Sweet Heat" is my favorite

On the last tip, it just depends on your preference. There are some folks who are absolutely against any BBQ sauce touching good, quality brisket. Personally, I like to offer sauce on the side. A little bit of sauce can also really elevate your brisket recipe. On bad brisket? Sauce can be a lifesaver because it can mask horribly, dry brisket with no flavor.


- Get a good crust: One of the most delicious parts of a brisket is the flavor crust (the bark). Make sure you rub the entire brisket generously with rub 15-20 minutes before the meat goes in the smoker.

- Fat side up: Whether in your smoker or on a charcoal grill, place the brisket fat-side up so that the fat drips down into the meat and it stays moist.

- Slicing is important: Make sure you cut against or across the grain of the brisket for tender slices. Not sure where the grain is? It's easier to see on the raw meat before it's rubbed, so cut a notch when prepping to help guide once it's cooked.

- Add the sauce: As we say in Texas -- it's not done 'til you add the sauce! Serve on the side for dipping or drizzle it over the top.

So what's your favorite brisket tip? Comment below and you could win some Stubb's Bar-B-Q swag.