Rob Ryan’s presence with his rub’s and sauces is felt at competition barbeque events. He is the owner and proprietor of ‘Rob’s Smokin Rubs’, a sauce and rub company. He sponsors some competitors and we are gong to mention one in particular today. Zack Galiste is a 16 year old barbeque sensation. He is on a fast track to win the 2013 Rookie of the Year award. He took second place in Chicken at the ‘Brentwood Cook-off & Car Show’. I am friends with Zack and his father and I purchased Rob’s rub to help support his effort to achieve BBQ greatness. The barbeque community is a small tight knit community. When Rob heard I bought his rub from Zack he gave me a ‘Frog Sauce’ to accompany it. Today we are going to attempt to make some competition style chicken using Rob’s Frog Sauce and ‘Smokin Rub’. My wife, Ms. Goofy will be the barbeque judge in attendance. Gentlemen start your grills.
This chicken will be similar to Zack’s award winning entry. He cannot reveal all his secrets but this will be close. We will be using a Weber Rocky Mountain Smoker. The first step is to trim your chicken into equal sized pieces. This will insure even cooking and will be pleasing to the judge’s eyes. Once they are trimmed they will be rubbed down with Rob’s Rub.
Robs Smokin Rub (Mild)
Sugar, sea salt, chili powder, spices, (including paprika, and cayenne), garlic powder, onion powder, silicon dioxide, (anti caking agent) molasses are the listed ingredients. This is a pretty straight forward list of ingredients to provide a good seasoning for numerous applications.
Chili powder is the prevalent odor. The spices smell fresh and vibrant.
N/A This is a mild rub.
Salt, chili powder and garlic are what I taste. To be fair it needs to be applied to a protein and cooked to do its magic.
The chicken was rubbed and put in the refrigerator for several hours to work its magic. We are using a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker with a combination of charcoal briquettes, applewood and hickory as our smoking fuel. We placed our rubbed chicken in a foil pan. It was cooked for an hour and one half turning several times until the internal temperature was 165 degrees. It was time to finish our chicken with Rob’s Frog Sauce.
Rob’s Frog Sauce
Cane sugar, tomato puree (tomato paste, water), distilled vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, (Distilled vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chili pepper extract), salt, less than 2 % of the following spices, pepper, garlic powder, celery seed are the listed ingredients.
Aroma & Texture:
Kansas City here we come announces the aroma. A sweet tomato with a hint of vinegar wafts through the open top. The texture is of a thick puree and pours freely from the bottle. Seeds are present. I have no problems with seeds but some competitors will strain a sauce to remove all the seeds. It is all about impressing the judges.
Straight out of the bottle, a tomato base, sweet molasses and a Worcestershire type finish will greet your BBQ hungry senses. The garlic, onions and cloves sing back up in this chorus of flavors. It is a savory sauce with just the right amount of sweetness to make one crave more.
We took our cooked chicken and dipped it into the Frog Sauce. We then returned the chicken to the smoker for 4 minutes. We only wanted to set the sauce. It looked beautiful with a shiny glaze and sheen. This was some good looking chicken. Ms. Goofy got her score card ready.
The chicken was so very tender. A bite revealed a flavor journey starting with the Frog Sauce. This is a familiar taste that we all love. The sauce is sweet and savory. Dare I say lip smacking? Messy and a little sticky that will have you craving that next bite. Further into our taste journey we will taste chicken that is seasoned perfectly. The combination of salt, chili’s and sugars enhances and brings out that chicken flavor. Ms. Goofy’s score card was covered in Frog Sauce but it revealed a whole mess of ‘9’s”. This is what competition chicken tastes like.
Do you want to cook competition tasting BBQ? Are you a backyard warrior that wants to step up their BBQ game? Rob’s rub is a great foundation for seasoning and flavoring chicken and other cuts of meat. Rob’s Frog Sauce is a great tasting finishing sauce. With the right technique and Rob’s sauces and rubs you too can create great tasting competition style barbeque
Zack is resting up for his final two competitions of the year. He is gunning for the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’. Regardless of the outcome he is and will be a BBQ force to be reckoned with. It is great that Rob is supporting Zack with his rubs and sauces. Robs Frog Sauce is a solid advantage in Zack’s conquest. We are fans of Zack and ‘Rob’s Smokin Rubs’.
Rob’s Smokn Rubs