A few weeks ago, we received our awesome new PK 360 Grill and Smoker. (Check out our ‘unboxing’ post – and more to come about the tasty results…) There was a Father’s Day special going on when we ordered, and one of the sweet bonuses was a trio of premium spice rubs from Chef Tim Love.
So far we’ve only cracked open the Chef Tim Love All Purpose Bad Ass Rub for some tasty pork side ribs, but man it’s made us eager to try the rest – it was absolutely excellent. (You know when you sample something just to see what it’s like and then you have to keep going back to ‘check’ it a few more times to make sure? Yeah, you’re sure.)
Personally, I love cumin and there was a strong hit of it in this rub right off the top. There’s definitely a reverberating kick from this bad ass too, thanks to the guajillo chile (hot and spicy). Grounding it and rounding out all the flavours are herbs like rosemary and thyme, so you get some herby, earthy goodness, too. And ain’t it pretty to look at?
Here it is rubbed into the pork side ribs ready for the smoker with a spicy, all-natural orange glow…mmmm…
We totally loved the blend right out of the bottle, but the way the Bad Ass Rub mellowed and evolved after a few hours of smoking was ingenious. All that great flavour was still there and you still got some heat, but now it was seriously complementing and in no way overpowering the ribs. I’m drooling as I write…
Well done, Chef Tim Love – and thanks also to the folks at pkgrills.com for introducing us to a great rub. We’ll be trying the other rubs we got really soon – Chef Tim Love Steak Rub and Chef Tim Love Poultry Rub – so stay tuned, Nation!