I have a number of BBQ friends who feel that good BBQ doesn’t need sauce. I tend to ride the fence on this one because good BBQ sauce can definitely enhance your BBQ experience, however if the BBQ is good enough, of course I’d been fine without sauce. So that being said, I’m was excited to find out from Shane Draper that I won a contest for Draper’s BBQ as they randomly choose people who like or comment on their facebook page to win a gift package of their sauce and rub.
I show the rub first as my father-in-law immediately used it on steaks the first day I had it and since then he’s used it on everything from roasts to chicken. He has told me on more than one occasion that this is the best rub he’s every used. I tend to agree it’s among the top I’ve ever used as it really enhances the flavor of meat instead of altering it to taste just like rub.
I’ve tried it on pulled pork (photos below) and on pork ribs. It has a nice spicy kick without being overpowering and has a slight sweetness. I’d give it a 3 1/2 to 4 out of 5 stars (haven’t given any sauce a 5 yet) and would definitely be a sauce I’d purchase in the future.
Here’s some additional information on Draper’s BBQ. “We started cooking as a hobby again and experimenting with different ideas. It was during this time that our DBQ Smokin’ Sauce, A.P Rub and Rib Rub were born. It all started with the sauce. Dad was always very fond of Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce on his chicken. It’s a good sauce that is readily available but I always had the thought that I could do better. Dad threw down the gauntlet and dared me to try. The very next day I got about 10 bbq sauce recipes together, bought a cart full of supplies and started cooking. It wasn’t long before I found the flaw in most sauces was a lack of depth and clarity of flavors. With that in mind I started layering together flavors, making batch after batch, adjusting and taking notes on what ingredients would go well in a rub to complement the sauce. After months of trial and error (and straining my wife’s patience) one day it all came together. Finally I had a sauce that was authentic but familiar, complex but not complicated or muddy, refined but not pretentious. I knew I had something that would get my grandfather’s seal of approval.
A few months after this Dad and I were invited to Memphis in May to be apart of the Tucker Cooker team. While there we were asked to enter our sauce in the Tomato Based Sauce category. Our sauce ended up beating many of the big names in the bbq industry and cooking circuit and wound up with the 8th best score overall! This was all I needed to know we needed to start the company back up again and get our products out to the world again.
Fast forward almost a year and Draper’s Pit Barbecue has officially turned a corner and became DBQ. We are here on the web selling our products, working with amazing people and meeting friends just like you everyday. Along the way we have never forgotten the truths that made us who we are. It all starts with love but has to be backed by the commitment and honor to do things the right way and never compromise on ingredients or flavor.
When we say “Three generations of pride and flavor in a bottle” we mean it. It took every generation to be what we are today and we will never forget that.”
Have you had their sauces or rubs before? What are your thoughts? I for one was very impressed.