View Full Version : Rubs and Sauces

01-05-2012, 06:27 PM
What do you guys think are the top 5 rubs and sauces that are being used by top competing teams? Getting my game plan on for the upcoming season. Seeing if it is more cost effective to buy stuff premade or keep making my own which take alot of time and money. Dont get me wrong I enjoy making the stuff but just like to cut cost a little bit.

01-05-2012, 07:31 PM
Blues Hog sauces all 3 ,Slabs products rubs and sauce, Marinades from Smoke on Wheels ,Plowboys rubs , just off the top of my balding little head.

01-05-2012, 09:01 PM
there are waaaaay too many winning combinations and processes to box into a top 5.

i use commercial rubs from oakridge, obie cue, home bbq, smoking guns, williams, etc....

i use commercial sauces from blues hog, slabs, head country, etc...

i use commercial injections/marinades from butchers, kosmos, SOW, etc...

i ALSO use home made stuff in combination with these.

my best advice would be to try ALOT of different combos and see what works for you and your cooking. there's quite a bit of direction given here @ the brethren, but in the end, it's up to you to find your top 5.

good luck and enjoy the journey.

01-05-2012, 11:13 PM
Blues Hog, Smoking Guns Hot, Plowboys, Cowtown,Slabs, Cimmaron Doc's, and FAB. I have 20+ rubs and 20+ sauces on my shelf, would be hard to get down to just 5. As a rule of thumb, I usually figure if the sauce is sold in gallons, and the rub in 5-7lb containers, it is pretty popular.

Happy Hunting

01-06-2012, 07:13 AM

big brother smoke
01-06-2012, 08:33 AM
SM products, Kosmos, SOW and Blues Hog!

Lakeside Smoker
01-06-2012, 08:45 AM

Yeah, I hear that works pretty good. :-D

01-06-2012, 09:04 AM
SBR -Sweet Baby Rays!

White Dog BBQ
01-06-2012, 09:53 AM
My guess on the Top 5, in no particular order:

Blues Hog Original
Blues Hog TN Red
Smokin' Guns Hot
Head Country Sauce
Cimmarron Doc's Rib Rub

Fat Freddy
01-06-2012, 09:53 AM
My favorite would be anyone of them that wants to sponsor my first year KCBS team :becky:

Otherwise I am always experimenting and seem to always go back to Oak ridge rubs or Plowboys and all of the Blues Hog

01-06-2012, 12:13 PM
If I knew I'd have trophies.

Flavor Gangster
01-06-2012, 08:50 PM
Heads Red

01-06-2012, 10:28 PM
I would guess the majority are commercial considering how often the top teams cook. That in mind, slabs, blues hog, butchers and obie are probably up there.....with good pecan smoke

The Virginian
01-06-2012, 11:07 PM
Rubs: Cowlick, Dizzydust, and Tsunami Spin (all Dizzypig), 3Eyez bbq rub

Sauces: Q (Tuffy's commercial sauce), head country, blueshog, big bob gibsons

01-06-2012, 11:11 PM
Homebbq.com rib rub
Slabs amazing glaze
Bobby q's nice rack sauce
Smokin ALS sauce
Willie bs bourbon rub

01-07-2012, 10:12 AM
Team Oakridge BBQ had a pretty good year...

One Year
Eighteen BBQ Teams
95 Professional, Sanctioned BBQ Contests in states all across the USA
10 First Place calls in Pork (22 Top-three calls)
4 First Place calls in Chicken (17 Top-three calls)
2 First Place calls in Ribs (8 Top-three calls)
1 First Place call in Brisket (4 Top-three calls)
51 Overall contest placements in the top ten
3 Reserve Grand Champions
6 Grand Champions
216 Total Top-ten Awards!!

For those who are reaching for your calculators, that's an average of 2.27 top ten calls per contest!

01-07-2012, 10:18 AM
Blues hog,3eyz,Tasty licks,kosoms

Mister Bob
01-07-2012, 10:21 AM
A good start:

Rubs: Simply Marvelous, Plowboys
Sauce: Blues Hog, Head Country
Marinades/Injections: Stubbs, Butcher's

Smokin' Bad Habit
01-08-2012, 07:55 AM
Oak ridge rubs , Fab injections, Sweet beaver sauces!

Big Ron
01-11-2012, 03:03 PM
Big Ron's sponsors competition teams who reported top 10 calls, including a 4th overall at the Royal Invitational.


Big Ron's BBQ Sauce did well in 2011 with a 2nd overall (http://www.americanroyal.com/portals/0/2011%20Sauce%20Contest%20Final%20Results.pdf)at The Royal & a 9th overall (http://www.nationalbbqfestival.com/_pdf/2011/BOTB%20Sauce%20Winner%202011.pdf) at The National BBQ Festival in the tomato mild categories.

(One day we hope to be mentioned on lists like these :thumb:)