Today’s rub review comes to us from downtown Shillington, PA. Let’s check out Black Bart’s Brisket Rub from Tasty Licks BBQ Company.
Tasty Licks BBQ is the brainchild of entrepreneur Fred Bernardo, also known as The SmokinGuitarPlayer. An avid guitarist, he got his start in the business world in 1972 by opening up Fred’s Music Shop. His love for music was also accompanied by a love for cooking good BBQ. This love led him to venture into the BBQ supply business in 2007, making his venture quite possibly the only music & BBQ supply business around. In addition to carrying supplies from other manufacturers, he also has his own line of rubs, sauces,
But Fred is not just a backyard cook — his TastyLicks competition BBQ team has been successful on the circuit, posting multiple top 10 finishes along with a reserve grand championship at the Swinetastic competition in central Maryland in 2012.
Ingredients: paprika, kosher salt, crushed black pepper, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, spices
This rub is not your classic “salt-and-pepper” beef rub. A naked taste reveals a very savory and quite spicy flavor. It’s definitely gonna be good on some beef!
I did two different cooks with this rub — a low and slow cook using some beef ribs and a hot and fast cook on the grill with a tri-tip roast. I was pleased with the results in both, although it was interesting to see how the flavors changed between the two cooks. The heat level of the rub was definitely more noticeable in the hot and fast cook, while it seemed to blend in more with the other flavors on the low and slow cook. In both cases, the meat had a beautiful color when finished.
Verdict: this one is a winner! However, if you’re adverse to spicy foods, you may want to look elsewhere.