Creator: Socks' Love Rub Co
Location: Duluth, GA
Cost: 5oz Shaker $5.50 + shipping and handlingLink: Socks' Love Rub
I decided I needed to post something on Valentines Day and thought that Socks’ Love Rub would be appropriate. A friend (@bbqpairadise) shared the love and sent me a bottle of Socks’ Love Rub to try out. I had heard good things about it and had wanted to try it. I was wondering what to try it on and decided that since I received it right before the Super Bowl I would try it on the ribs I planned to make. I’m glad I did.
Before I try a rub on meat I always pour some into my hand to taste. I tasted Socks’ Love Rub and immediately tasted the black pepper in it with hints of some red pepper but it had a sweet finish at the end. It was an interesting flavor.
You can see the pepper and sugar crystals in it along with other spices. It has a nice peppery scent to it that’s not overpowering with hints of paprika. It is a nice course ground rub that really grabs onto the meat.
|The dry rub.|
For the Super Bowl I smoked some country ribs, and rib tips with Socks’ Love Rub. About an hour before I put the meat on the cooker I coated the ribs liberally with the rub and let them sit. I heated the cooker up to 250º and put the ribs on. I wanted a nice slow cook to render much of the fat out of the country ribs and make them tender. The last ones I did were a bit tough.
|Ribs rubbed and ready to cook.|
The ribs cooked for about five hours. The rib tips I foiled after three hours of cooking putting strawberry jelly and butter on them. The last hour I unfoiled the ribs and spread some Horn Dawgs sauce on both the ribs and the country ribs. They were a big hit.
The rub brought a nice sweet peppery flavor to the meat. It married well with the sauce for a great flavor.
|Ready to come off the cooker.|
I also used the rub on some pork-chops a couple days later. I had wanted to grill them but the wind was very strong and it was very cold out so I decided to broil them. I put the rub on the pork-chops and let them rest for about an hour.
|Pork-chops rubbed and waiting.|
|Dinner is served.|
Socks’ Love Rub gives your meat the love it needs. It is a very good rub and imparts great flavor to the meat it is on, not to mention the gravy you can make with it. On the Gibbs’ Ribs Scale* I give this rub a solid full rack of ribs. I might have to get some more in the near future as the bottle I have may not be enough.
*When I do reviews, books or otherwise, I rate the items with ribs (they are my favorite BBQ dish). A full rack is great and a single rib is poor. I will tend to stick to a full rack, half rack or one rib.