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Old 05-31-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default Blues Hog Vs. Homemade

So, I decided to do a little side-by-side comparison of Blues Hog Rub versus my own blend. I'd never used any of Blues Hog's stuff, but had heard so much about it, I had to try.

Since it was Memorial Day weekend and EVERYBODY was burning flesh over fire, I thought this would be a good time to do so.

I got two slabs of spares and trimmed 'em up St. Louis style. Cut each slab in 1/2 so it would fit well on my ProQ Frontier and then slathered and dusted two halves in each rub.


I think Blues Hog has a lot more Paprika than I use and not as much cumin. As you can see, the Blues Hog is much redder. Frankly, I like the look of it better than mine.

After a good long smoke, they were fairly close, but again, my rub created a much darker bark whereas Blues Hog left a lot more of that nice, red meat showing through.


I took the pitures with my cell phone, so the color's not as true-to-life as it sould be, but you still get the general idea.

Both tasted great, but they were definitely different. My blend has a more "earthy" taste coming from the cumin and assorted smoked peppers I use in the blend. Blues Hog is more "flowery" and sweeter than mine (Achiote maybe?)

Anyway, for whatever my opinion may be worth: if you haven't tried it, I can definitely say it's worth a few bucks to pick up a bottle and give it a shake. Good stuff.
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Looks good. I'll take a rack of either please.
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I've only tried the sauce but I'll have to try the rub.

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Sorry for the multiple post. There was maintenance of servers going on and I clicked the mouse like a monkey.

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I would suggest you try the sauce as well, it is a good sauce.
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I would suggest you try the sauce as well, it is a good sauce.
Yep. I did that last night. Taste-tested Blues Hog Original on some chicken thighs.

It's good, but a little too sweet for my palate. Beautiful shine to it though. Really made the thighs look good.
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Yep. I did that last night. Taste-tested Blues Hog Original on some chicken thighs.

It's good, but a little too sweet for my palate. Beautiful shine to it though. Really made the thighs look good.

I like shiny thighs
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It's good, but a little too sweet for my palate. Beautiful shine to it though. Really made the thighs look good.
I thin Blues Hog with a nice hoppy beer, such as an India Pale Ale (IPA). Cuts back on the sweetness and it's not as thick.
Another option is to cut it with Blues Hog Red, which is their vinegar based carolina type sauce with a bite. For my Memorial Day ribs I did both, added enough of the red to give it a decent bite, then thinned it with an IPA. It was very good!
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I thin Blues Hog with a nice hoppy beer, such as an India Pale Ale (IPA). Cuts back on the sweetness and it's not as thick.
Another option is to cut it with Blues Hog Red, which is their vinegar based carolina type sauce with a bite. For my Memorial Day ribs I did both, added enough of the red to give it a decent bite, then thinned it with an IPA. It was very good!
Ooo, I like the IPA idea. I gotta try that. Thanks for the idea!
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But don't ask him what he does with the rest of the IPA. I use porter myself.
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