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Old 01-16-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever made the Mike Mills Magic Dust and Applecity sauce?

If so, how was it?
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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I made the Dust. It was pretty good. I thought it had too much cumin personally, but to be perfectly honest, starting with this recipe for inspiration basically got me to one of the rubs I still use to this day for pork.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Never made the rub but I tried making the Apple City Sauce...

It tasted like every other basic homemade BBQ sauce... not bad at all but not worth the effort IMO.

I did not detect the ground up bacon bits and all and the grated apple was a bit too chunky and did not dissolve in the sauce. Apple sauce might have been a better option as a substitute.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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i made the magic dust right after I read his great book. definetely some good stuff!

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Old 01-16-2009, 11:05 PM   #5
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I have used the rub on brisket, chicken and ribs. Great flavors! I added some turbinado sugar to it and got even better results. I like the ability of having one spice that works for almost everything. I have enough junk drawers in the house. Why should I include the spice rack in that overwhelming mess.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:11 PM   #6
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I made the sauce and the rub but niether were to my liking. The rub had way to much cumin in it for my taste. For me too much cumin in a bbq rub just ruins the food. I'm headed to Vegas in a couple weeks though, so I'll definately check out one of his restaurants while I'm there. I'm sure it will be much better coming from his smoker.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #7
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Made the sauce. Didn't like it.
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:32 AM   #8
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we like it. use it on alot of stuff although i'm a salt and pepper kinda guy.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:00 AM   #9
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I use a version of Magic Dust for all things pork. I have decreased the amount of cumin and increased the amount of turbinado sugar a bit as others have said. I have heard it said that the recipe in the book is a simplified version of what he actully uses. We love it around our house. As Mike says in his book, we keep a shaker of it around and use it on all sorts of stuff. I don't like it on brisket and use a version of the Holy Cow rub from the book on that.

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Old 01-17-2009, 05:39 AM   #10
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I, too, have used the basic ingredients of his Dust. I changed it just enough to taste the way I like it and call it my own.
It was a great start to what is now what I call my Original Rub.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:36 AM   #11
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Old 01-17-2009, 07:08 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by KuyasKitchen View Post
From what book is this?

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It's a great read and excellent recipes....

I've made the sauce and Magic Dust...both very good

The Apple City BBQ Sauce is a winner, but alot of work...

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:01 AM   #13
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I use the rub on most of my pork and chicken, and love it, I too use it as a condiment. I use Slabs Wow your Cow on beef. I made the sauce, and didn't like it at all. I should probably make it again, I used soy sauce,and should try it with Worcestershire..

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Old 01-17-2009, 09:34 AM   #14
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I have made Magic Dust using the recipe that Mike gives in his book several times and use it quite a bit. I also had somebody give me a gift of products from Mike Mills, including the Apple city sauce and Magic Dust. The recipe in the book and the rub that he sells as Magic Dust are two totally different animals.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:02 AM   #15
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Magic Dust is the base for my rub. I substitute turbinado for regular sugar. For a more atkins friendly rub, I substitute Xyletol, which is a sugar alcohol. I also add a mix of dry herbs to it like sage, thyme, cilantro and tarragon. It is very good. I find it important to use the highest quality paprika available since it is the biggest ingredient in the mix. I prefer Penzy's sweet and smoked hungarian paprika.
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