Everglades Seasoning – A Review
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A friend at work recently gave me a bottle of Everglades Seasoning to try. She raved about it, and I couldn’t wait to try it.

Some recent Striper Fishing trips gave me just the right opportunity to try the seasoning.

I tried their All-Purpose Seasoning but they make some other sauces and rubs as well.

This is a great seasoning right out of the bottle with some pepper and citrus notes in there, along with some onion and garlic. Finally, there are some notes that you justttt can’t quite put you finger on. The blend is fresh and savory, and all of the flavors balance nicely.

I used the seasoning on some baked fish with lemon and dill – that dish turned out great. Where the blend really shined though was mixed in with my flour and cornmeal when I pan fried the striper filets. This was a huge hit with my family and that fish turned out great!

You can view lots of cool recipes on the Everglades website: RECIPES

You can buy their products online here: BUY Everglades products.

I didnt try this product on other meats but I know it would go great on chicken for sure. I can’t wait to keep experimenting!

I enjoy unique spices and rubs, and this one certainly falls into that category. Give it a try!

Review – Original Southern Kick Rub – by Streetside BBQ
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I’d like to thank the good folks of Streetside BBQ for sending me some Sweeet Heat Original Southern Kick BBQ rub for me to review.

Original Southern Kick BBQ Rub

The label says “Sweeet Heat” and that’s exactly what it is. I’ve tried “sweet n heat” rubs before, but I think this one has the most heat of all of them. The cool thing is, when you taste a little rub on your tongue, there is a lot of heat. Use it on your BBQ, and the heat turns into a nice glow.

I tried it a couple of ways. First on smoked pork chops. I rubbed them pretty heavy a few hours before smoking, then I smoked them until they were about 165 internal temp and then gave them a sear. These turned out great, and both the sweet and heat flavors came through nicely.

Next I tried it on chicken. Rubbed the chicken on both sides and refrigerated for several hours, and then put on the smoker.

I took the chicken up to about 170 and then raised the smoker temp to try and crisp up the outside a bit. I basted with a mustard based sauce and I really liked the way the flavors came through. They cook up with a nice balance of sweet and heat.

Great job by Streetside BBQ. This rub has a nice consistency. It’s flavor is fresh and bright, and it has some serious heat which mellows out nicely as it cooks. If you like rubs that have sweet and heat, this is a “must try”!

You can check out their full line of products here: Streetside BBQ Products

Best of Luck to The Fiery Fork
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My good friend Lisa de Rosa along with her husband Chef Greg have embarked on a brand new journey known as The Fiery Fork

Per their website, the Fiery Fork is about “Family, Food and Tradition”. Greg is a very skilled and successful chef. Lisa is an entrepreneur and an authority on essential oils. They have joined forces to combine those two loves into something amazing, sprinkled liberally with stories of family. Memories and laughs and experiences both good and bad. Greg and Lisa share amazing recipes, tried and true natural products, and smiles in abundance.

On their site, Lisa and Greg tell us:

What will you get from our site? Well… thank you for asking!

Chef Greg will teach you to create awesome, delicious meals and save time in the kitchen so you can spend it with your family!

You will learn #ProTips and #ChefHacks.

You will learn tips on how to create new traditions and lifelong memories with your family.

You will learn to incorporate Essential Oils into your meals for added health benefits. Last, but not least, you will be able to feel like a PRO at home and in that kitchen (like a #Boss) in no time!

Get ready for our journey!

So, Dry Rubbed Rat readers – what are you waiting for??

I highly encourage you to LIKE them on Facebook.

Love to cook? Want to learn? Peruse their amazing RECIPES.

Sign up for their cool newsletter or connect with Lisa and Greg HERE

Not convinced? Check out one of their cool videos:

Best of luck to friends Lisa and Greg – I know they will rock this! I even see a guest post or two from them, in the future.

Firebud Brands Presents – Pow Pow Sauce
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I need to again extend a “Thank You” to Firebud Brands for sending me some of their products to review. I’d invite you to read about their great rub and one of the best sauces I have reviewed – Salvation Sauce.

With that, we’re on to Pow Pow Sauce. Per Firebud, Pow Wow Sauce “is an Asian-inspired gourmet marinade and cooking sauce. It blends the sweet of pineapple juice from the Hawaiian Islands with the savory of soy, ginger and garlic from Southeast Asia. This versatile condiment can be used to complement all types of food, including: beef, chicken, pork, seafood and veggies.

Pow Pow Sauce© packs a punch of pure umami enlightenment…Enjoy!!

When I tested the sauce, I used it as a marinade – once on chicken and once on pork chops. I love teriyaki-type marinades and Pow Pow didn’t disappoint. It had the typical teriyaki flavor with additional layers of complexity and flavor. The flavor was deep and rich and full of complex notes. The grilled chicken ended up great!

I marinated the pork chops for about 6 hours in the fridge, in a leak-proof container. I turned it over every hour or so. Then I grilled the chops over charcoal. I love grilled pork chops. I love pork chops and teriyaki. Pork chops grilled that have been marinated in Pow Pow Sauce? Out-standing!!!

This is another hit from Firebud. The sauce is rich and flavorful, and just the right thickness for marinating or basting. The flavor profile is big and complex – clearly they don’t take shortcuts on ingredients. The bottle sells for around 7 bucks and it is worth it. If you like Asian-inspired flavors on your meats – I’d highly recommend Pow Pow Sauce.

Oh – and the best part? Pow Pow Sauce© is made with 100% All Natural Ingredients and is a Gluten Free, High Fructose Corn Syrup Free and Preservative Free Product. Good stuff.

Trout Pico de Gallo
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Recently I want on a relatively rare fishing trip and as a result I came into possession of some Rainbow and Tiger Trout. Wanting to do something a bit different, I recalled my friend John Greiss touting something called “Trout Pico de Gallo”. From Wikipedia (I know – not necessarily the best source. In this case, though – sufficient)

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo also called salsa fresca, is a fresh, uncooked salad made from chopped tomato, onion, coriander leaves, fresh serranos (but jalapeños or habaneros may be used instead), salt, and key lime juice. Other ingredients may also be added, such as shrimp or avocado.

I fried the trout in olive oil, and then removed the crispy skin, setting aside for my dogs who had waited patiently for a treat. I then carefully deboned the fish right in the pan. With trout, you can list the spine out gently and most of the bones will come out with it. I then broke up the meat and set it aside to cool.

While the meat was cooling I chopped up white onion, Roma tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno. I tossed together with salt and lime juice and then added the trout and tossed again.

This was a huge hit. My family and coworkers all loved it. It’s healthy too. This pico was bursting with flavor and the trout was a perfect addition of protein – mild and a great texture.

Of course, I’m a traditionalist too – I had to pan fry a few the old-fashioned way. Dredged in cornmeal, flour salt and pepper, and fried in butter. mmmmmmmmmmm

Kyvan Hot Wing Sauce A Hit
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I’d like to thank the good folks at Kyvan for sending me some of their sauces to try. You may have read my previous review of their Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Hot Wing Sauce was a little bit more challenging for me to review as I rarely (if ever!) make chicken wings. That’s OK – between me and Google, we “got er done”! I don’t have a fryer, so I oiled up the wings, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked on a wire rack in the oven at 400 degrees until they were crispy.

I took the wings out and tossed them liberally with the Hot Wing Sauce.

So, I love chicken wings but I usually order them “Medium”. I was concerned about this sauce being “Hot”, but it was OK. They were definitely Hot, but not Inferno. The flavor of this sauce had lots of depth and complexity, which I like. Some sauces are just heat and not much else. The heat was latent; you don’t get it right away. There is a tanginess to this sauce and wayyyy in there somewhere, just a kiss of sweetness. What a great sauce!

If you like to make your own wings, definitely give Kyvan Hot Wing Sauce a try. You can but it online at the Kyvan Store. It runs $4.69 per bottle for a pretty large bottle. This is a great deal!

More “Field To Table”
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Many of my readers know I am also a hunter, and have a sister website which talks about hunting. In 2014, I killed my first elk and even though he wasn’t huge, the meat has lasted nicely. I’m down to the last couple of packages and spied a Tri Tip in my freezer.

Now, Tri Tip is a challenge for me to get right when it is beef, but I gave i a whirl and it didn’t turn out half bad. I marinated it, then used Montreal Steak Seasoning on a hot grill.

So… not all of my stories are success stories. Just like I was worried, I overcooked it. So I sliced it thin and threw it in the oven with some apple juice and sweet BBQ sauce. THEN – it came out really nice. Not what I wanted in the beginning, but nice nonetheless.

Alabama Salvation Sauce – Is Exactly That!
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I have reviewed a lot of products over the years. Almost all were good products. That being said, I can count on one hand the ones that were good enough that I needed to keep ordering. Alabama Salvation Sauce from Firebud Brands is an amazing concoction.

First off, the sauce is unusual. It is tangy. It is horseradishey. It is sweet. It is complex. This is probably the most unique sauce I have sampled to date. And everybody loved it. Next, it is made of all natural products. It is a very versatile product as well.

I’ve used it on baked chicken breasts. I’ve used it on beef and pork. It adds a whole new dimension. This stuff was a hit in my house and it went fast. I’ll be ordering more.

From the Firebud Brand website:

Our white BBQ sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce with a hint of horseradish for a kick! This regional sauce from northern Alabama goes great with chicken, turkey, seafood and salads. It also puts a new spin on your favorite pork, beef and lamb dishes. Try it on a baked potato, substitute it for mayonnaise in your next chicken salad or get crazy and mix it in with ground beef for an epic burger experience.

Alabama Salvation Sauce© is made with 100% All Natural Ingredients and is a Gluten Free, High Fructose Corn Syrup Free and Preservative Free Product.

The sauce runs about $8 per bottle and it is worth every penny. You can order online here: SHOP

A big shout out to the Firebud Team for sending me some of their products to review. This one was a home-run! You can read my review of their rub here: Body Buzz Rub

Body Buzz Rub by Firebud Brands
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A big shout-out to the good folks at Firebud Brands for sending me some of their products to review. Right out of the gate, I’ve tried their Body Buzz Rub on a couple different tries at pulled pork.

I always do pulled pork pretty much the same way. I rub it heavy the night before and wrap in plastic wrap. Then I dose it up once more before I put it into the smoker.

I put it in the smoker (mine is charcoal) and try to keep it at around 225 degrees. Until I can get it up to around 170.

Once I get past 170, I foil it and pour in about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of apple juice and open up the vents on my smoker and let it hum along until the pork gets past 195, preferably 200.

Once it’s done I put it on the counter and let it rest. Then I pull it, sprinkle on a little more rub and throw it into Tupperware containers with the juice.

The Body Buzz rub works great. It is very fresh out of the bottle, and is a good texture – not too fine, not too coarse. It is predominantly sugary and black-peppery – it’s bright and has a great flavor. There is lots of sweet there, and lots of heat too.

It made for great flavor on the pulled pork, and great bark too. If you like a rub that has sweet and heat, this is a great one!

You can browse products, purchase online, or learn more about the company at their website

I have three more reviews from Firebud in the queue – make sure you keep an eye out for them!

Kyvan Sweet BBQ Sauce
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Right off the bat, I need to thank the folks at Kyvan for sending me a couple of their sauces to review.

I review a lot of sauces, and it’s nice to have something a little different now and then.

My daughter graduated from High School recently and in honor of the occasion we had an open house. I cooked up some pulled pork and offered up the Kyvan Sweet BBQ Sauce as one of the accompanying sauces on the pulled pork sandwiches. Since I needed to do a review, I made sure I used it exclusively and I also had used it on some grilled chicken for a previous meal.

This Sweet BBQ Sauce is exactly that – sweet. Not sickeningly sweet but honestly, one of the sweetest I have tried. It has a deep, rich flavor. From their website: “Throughout the south everyone has a BBQ sauce but none as unique as this Mississippi recipe that is tomato based. It has a touch of sweetness with a distinctive mix of smoke to enhance the flavors of this southern BBQ Sauce.

The consistency on this sauce is just right and it has lots of flavor besides the brown-sugary base which tastes a bit like molasses. So – sweet, but no heat – and plenty of flavor. If you like a sweeter sauce I’d definitely recommend you try this one.

The founder of Kyvan is 13-year NFL Player Reggie Kelly – you can read more about the company here – Kyvan – About Us

Check out their other great products here: Kyvan Products

Last but not least, they have some kickass recipes posted on their site. Have a look!

In a week or two, I will be reviewing their Hot Wing Sauce