Smokin’ Guns BBQ Sweet Heat Rub (4/5)

This very popular BBQ rub was recommended to me at a recent trip to the KC BBQ Superstore. The gentleman working the counter that day said that many teams use this in competitions.  And I can see why.


The simple “Western Style” label is good and pretty much tells you what it is.

They say teams using this sauce have won some major awards – I’d love to see the names of the teams here as a nice little shout out to them.

The color is like beautiful orange sand, and I’m sure many BBQ’ers would love to stroll on a beach made from this heavenly powder.    It’s got just the right combination of sugar and spice to make everything taste nice.  You can see brown sugar, salt, and many other spices within this fine rub..


I tried Sweet Heat on chicken (drumsticks) and on pork (some nice boneless pork loin chops were on sale) to give it a multipurpose workout, and thought the salt to sugar ratio was just right so that when you put it on meat the salt granules sunk into the meat, tenderizing it, leaving behind a brown sugar caramelized trail.  I could also taste the onion and garlic powder, which was really ground up so it just sat atop everything else.

The only negative thought on it is that the Heat part of the name really didn’t come out for me.  Although putting this atop something on a grill or smoker would equate to “Sweet Heat,” I expected a little kick from the rub itself from something like crushed red pepper or cayenne.   This is not a showstopper, and I would highly recommend this sauce to anyone out there.  Next time I will have to try the hot version.

Site Editor, BBQ Sauce Lover, Family Guy, Hi Tech Marketer by Day. He recently wrote the Ebook “How to Market Your BBQ Sauce” which can be purchased on this site.


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