Urban Accents Perfect Pork Cedar Spice Roasting Rub

Urban Accents is a Chicago based specialty foods company founded in 1996. Emphasizing premium, all natural herbs and spices, Urban Accents targets today's home cooks that are looking for something a cut above the norm. The company maintains an upscale, contemporary image through their branding and product line.

I discovered Urban Accents while browsing www.snazzygourmet.com. I found the packaging of their grilling/BBQ rubs very appealing and decided to test some of their products. Snazzy Gourmet was kind enough to provide a sample of the Urban Accents Perfect Pork Cedar Spice Roasting Rub for review.

Urban Accent rubs are stylishly packaged in 1.25 oz pouches. The rub is a mix of coarse and fine ground herbs and spices. "Perfect Pork" is unique in that it's not simply a variation on the brown sugar / paprika blends that are commonly used in BBQ circles on pork. I found the rub to be more earthy and savory than a standard pork rub. The rub does contain sugar, but I wouldn't classify it as sweet rub.

Another unique characteristic of the rub is the natural smoke flavor. While this is a common element in BBQ sauces, I rarely see it used in powder form. I was concerned that it may be a bit bitter in powder form. As it turned out, the smoke flavor gave the rub a deeper complexity than I was expecting.

I used the rub on baby back ribs and paired it with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. The salty, savory rub held its own, but didn't dominate the overall flavor profile of the ribs. I used the rub liberally giving each bone a bold flavor and aroma. My wife, who rarely comments on spice rubs, was even quick to point out the degree in which the rub enhanced the pork's flavor.

With it's earthy and savory profile, "Perfect Pork" is great for grilling or smoking. However, roasting would be the application that I would most highly recommend this product for. Without the benefit of wood smoke or an open flame, oven roasted pork requires a bit of a flavor boost. The bold herbs and spices in "Perfect Pork" are more than adequate for turning a boring pork loin roast into something fresh and upscale.

Note: Samples of this product were provided by Snazzy Gourmet. Check out www.snazzygourmet.com to purchase Urban Accents rubs or any of their other fantastic gourmet sauces, marinades, rubs and snacks.

Don't forget to check out The "Q" Review's Product Reviews page to see the star rating for Perfect Pork Cedar Spice Roasting Rub.

Bone Suckin Sauce

Since starting The "Q" Review in June 2010, I've reviewed seventy two BBQ sauces. Most of the sauces that I've featured have been very good. Some have been exceptional. With so many great sauces in the world of BBQ, it's almost impossible to choose a single favorite.

However, that wasn't always the case. Before I started blogging, my exposure to great BBQ sauce was pretty limited. I primarily used the national brand sauces found in every neighborhood supermarket. The lone exception was Bone Suckin' Sauce. It's safe to say that Bone Suckin' Sauce was my clear favorite at the time.

While The "Q" Review has expanded my knowledge of BBQ sauce a great deal, I've never had the opportunity to review the original Bone Suckin' Sauce. Fortunately, the good people at Snazzy Gourmet offered me the chance to do just that. Bone Suckin' Sauce is just one of many gourmet products offered by the online retailer.

Bone Suckin' Sauce (Raleigh, NC) is one of the most award winning sauces on the market. Publications like Newsweek and Food & Wine have even declared Bone Suckin' Sauce the best in the United States. Those kinds of accolades have helped Bone Suckin' Sauce grow from a small, regional product into a national brand.

While many small batch sauces are now packaged in mason jars, Bone Suckin' Sauce was one of the first to use this trendy method of bottling. The bright red sauce is contrasted by a their recognizable white label. The look is simple, but very appealing. The sauce is on the thin side and pours very quickly from the wide mouthed jar.

Bone Suckin' Sauce uses all natural sweeteners like honey and molasses for a rich initial sweetness. True to it's Carolina roots, the sauce also features a hefty amount of tangy apple cider vinegar. To create a truly unique flavor profile, the sauce adds a dash mustard and horse radish. Garlic, peppers, earthy spices and natural hickory smoke round out the ingredients.

The sweet and tangy sauce begged to paired with pork so I cracked the seal on the 16 oz. mason jar for baby back ribs this weekend. Though the sauce is thin, it's just thick enough to brush on the meat. It takes a few coats, but leaves a beautiful glossy shine.

The sweet sauce only gets sweeter after it hits the heat of an open flame. The tang mellows and the spices accent an exceptional flavor. The sauce was perfect on the ribs and paired very nicely with the salty rub that I used. Being relatively thin, it would also be fantastic poured over pulled pork, chicken or beef.

It's easy to see why Bone Suckin Sauce is so well thought of. The company has managed to bring Carolina BBQ to the masses with their sweet, tangy concoction. After spending the last seven years in North Carolina, it's exactly the type of sauce that I've grown to love. Be sure to check our "Product Reviews" page to see Bone Suckin' Sauce's star rating.

Note: Samples of this product were provided by Snazzy Gourmet. Check out www.snazzygourmet.com to purchase Bone Suckin Sauce or any of their other fantastic gourmet sauces, marinades, rubs and snacks.

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