I had the honor recently of trying out a rub created by one of the competitors of BBQ Pitmasters Season 3 on Destination America. C-Dub’s BBQ rubs are the creation of Charles and Allegra Wilson of Puyallup, WA. I cooked some grilled, boneless, skinless chicken breasts for dinner using C-Dub’s BBQ Rub. I have also been supplied samples of his Hot Wang and VooDoo rubs and I will review those at a later date. All of C-Dub’s rubs are all natural, organic and hand made with no preservatives, MSG, gluten and no anti-caking agents.
C-Dub’s Original rub has a nice color and aroma to it and you can see many of the different ingredients to the rub. Even though Charles puts in no anti-caking agents the rub does not clump and comes out of the shaker easily. This is not a finely ground rub but is not the coarsest I have seen. It falls somewhere in the middle.
Initially, I put a small amount of rub on my finger to try it out before putting it on the chicken. At first, I tasted a sweet and salty mix that just popped in my mouth. My mouth was watering for more. Once the taste of sweet and salty were gone a mild amount of heat came threw at the end. The heat was not overpowering but you knew some kind of pepper was in there. I then applied it liberally to all 4 of my boneless skinless chicken breasts and added a little kosher salt on top. (Yes I love salt. I put it an everything) Not that the rub needed more salt but I just love kosher salt on all meat. Here is what they looked like after C-Dub’s rub was applied.
I cooked the chicken to 165 degrees. I sauced two with a BBQ sauce I will let you in on in a few days and left one “naked” as C-Dub says. I wanted to see if you could use just this rub for all your BBQ flavor and if a sauce would cover up some of the nice flavor profile C-Dub has working here in his rub. It also gave me an excuse to eat 2 chicken breasts. I began with the sauced breast. I cut a nice big piece off and savored the flavor. I could taste the chicken. It was not covered up by the rub. The initial sweetness of the rub and the sauce came through and it finished with the heat again. The heat was even less noticeable once applied to the meat but was still there. The sauce I used complemented the rub very well. My 7 year old son, who is a very picky eater, had his chicken grilled with just salt. He prefers his chicken in nugget form. After I took my first bite, he said, ” Dad that looks good. Can I try it?” I cut up about half of my chicken for him and it disappeared from his plate. Then he asked for the other half. So for me, it was on to the naked breast. It tasted great as well. Once again, all the flavors were still there, sweet with a little blast of heat at the end. You really can eat it “naked” as Charles would say.
I was really happy Charles was so accommodating by giving me samples of all 3 rubs. I have not tried the other 2 yet but am looking forward to trying them soon. The C-Dub’s Original BBQ rub was well balanced between sweet and heat. With a flavor your whole family can enjoy. I recommend that you pick some up for your family. Shop on line for this outstanding rub at cdubsrub.com or if you live in or around Washington state check the website for a store near you.