Review: Draper’s BBQ Sauce and A.P. RubDecember 28, 2011 by: Brian
Early November hosted the KY BBQ Festival in Danville, KY. While there I stopped at a vendor booth sponsored by Draper’s BBQ Sauce. They were offering samples of their signature sauce on a small hunk of cheese and their signature rub on some popcorn. Draper’s was definately the best in the festival, by a LONG shot! So when they (Draper’s) offered to let us review their sauce and rub, we jumped at the chance!
Let’s start with the A.P. Rub. I first tried the rub on a beef brisket we smoked for Thanksgiving. Nothing special about the meat, or the method of cooking, but it gave us a chance to try the rub by itself. This rub had a sweet-peppery flavor for me without the chili-flavor we see in a lot of other rubs. This really sat well as I tend to think the chili-flavor masks a lot of the other earthy flavors in meat. With Draper’s A.P. Rub, the sweet gets pulled into the meat along with salt and other minor spices to give a solid flavor throughout without sacrificing any of the succulent juices! But it doesn’t stop there! I found the rub is so versatile that it can be used as seasoning on/in just about anything. I flavored green beans right on the plate, added to some baked beans for a little more kick, used to season some chicken on the grill, and again for searing some chicken for use in my gumbo. Truly it is an All Purpose seasoning that goes well with many types of food!
Once the Thanksgiving Brisket had about 20 minutes left, we slathered on a generous portion of Draper’s BBQ Sauce and let the sauce marry right into the meat. It gave the meat a little sweet, and a little heat, exactly what you would expect from a perfect sauce! I was pleasantly surprised that the flavors were not overpowering on their own, but well balanced throughout and changed throughout each bite. The sweetness really sucks you into the bite and then leads you through a myriad of flavors that end with a little kick of heat. Works great as a finishing sauce to dip in as well!
Draper’s Smokin’ Sauce and A.P. Rub are now my go-to sauces and seasonings for grilling, BBQ, and any other time I wanna kick my dish up a notch! You can order their products from their website: www.drapersbbq.com
Disclaimer: The sauce was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated for the review, and I have no affiliation with Draper’s BBQ.