Black Bart’s Brisket Rub from Tasty Licks BBQ Company


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.

The Story

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.

The Rub

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!

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The Results

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.

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Verdict: this one is a winner!  However, if you’re adverse to spicy foods, you may want to look elsewhere.

You can order this product online on the Tasty Licks BBQ Supply website.  You can also find ’em on Facebook.


Wayne Brown


Big Wayner is the BBQ rub and seasoning reviewer for BBQ Sauce Reviews, and he moonlights as the mad genius behind Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog. He is a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge and enjoys talking all things BBQ! Come check him out at


  1. Fantastic Review, Wayne! 🙂

  2. Black Bart’s Brisket Rub from Tasty Licks was my favorite rub of all time when I make brisket. Sadly when Fred passed away I suppose the recipe for the rub went with him. I’ve tried off an on throughout the years to reproduce this rub, but I just haven’t found the magic combination just yet. Maybe it’s time for another try or possibly find a rub that is just as good. Still haven’t found that either.

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