While trolling through Facebook a few months back I came across a post from a company called Code 3 Spices based out of St. Louis, MO. Code 3 has an always expanding line of BBQ rubs and they donate 10% of proceeds to charities involving the families of First Responders and the Military. I contacted Chris at Code 3 and requested a sample to review for this blog and he was kind enough to send out a 3 bottle sampler pack containing Rescue Rub, Backdraft Rub and 5-0 Rub. Here are my thoughts and how I used each.
This is Code 3′s all purpose rub. It goes well on everything from veggies to meat. I chose to use this to smoke 3 Boston butts for our upcoming Boy Scout camp out. After trimming the butts and coating them with a little oil, I liberally applied about 1/3rd of the bottle over the entire butt. I let the meat rest over night (5 hours) in the fridge with the rub on to let the flavors of the rub get into the meat. Upon pulling the meat out of the fridge, I noticed that a nice kind of crust had already formed on the outside and that not a lot of fluid had been pulled out of the meat as some other rubs do. I put the butts on my Yoder YS640 pellet grill using apple pellets for about 12 hours at 250 degrees until the internal temp of the meat was 195 degrees. I then let them sit for an hour to rest and soak up some of the drippings in the pan. I taste tested the pork while pulling it and it had a nice flavor with good balance and one heck of a smoke ring. One ingredient did not stand out more than the other. Overall a very solid all purpose rub.
This is the spicy rub of the code 3 bunch. While watching a BBQ PItmasters marathon on Super Bowl weekend I got the idea from Diva Q to make chicken lollipops for the Super Bowl Party I was going to go to the next day. This spicy rub was perfect for it . It was not as spicy as a buffalo type seasoning but just enough kick for you to know it was there. Coated half the lollipops with Rod Gray’s Eat BBQ The Next Big Thing BBQ (sweet) sauce and half with Angry Nephew’s BBQ (ghost pepper hot) Sauce. The rub was complimentary to both sauces. Backdraft Rub gave a little bite to The Next Big Thing sauce and gave a depth of heat to the Angry Nephew’s sauce. Men liked the hot and Ladies and kids liked the sweet. I received so many compliments on these that my wife made me make them again.
The last rub we come to is the 5-0 Rub. It is a sweet and spicy rub. I also detected a little bit of a smoky flavor similar to chipotle pepper. I decided to use this rub on a tri-tip along with a little extra kosher salt. I reverse seared the tri-tip and it had a really nice crust on it. The combination of the smoke and the 5-0 Rub made this the best tri-tip I have ever made. The heat was not overpowering and the sweet was very subtle. I tasted beef first and spice second as an accent. I really liked this rub.
All 3 rubs were great. The only issue I had was with the clumping of the product. It did clump somewhat in the bottle but a quick shake with the lid closed loosened it right up. The rubs were very fresh, had good color and aroma and terrific taste.
Once again Code 3 Spices donate a portion of the proceeds to charities involving families of the Police, Fire, Ambulance responders and Military families. They can also setup a fundraiser for your organization where the organization keeps 45% of what they sell. This is good spice company, doing good deeds and making excellent BBQ rubs. You can find them on Facebook and at code3spices.com .