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BBQ Chicken Rub Showdown: Supermarket Vs. Homemade (Which Wins?) - SmokeyQ

BBQ Chicken Rub Showdown: Supermarket Vs. Homemade (Which Wins?)

When it comes to grilling up the perfect chicken, the debate between store-bought BBQ rubs and homemade blends rages on. As an expert in premium BBQ Rubs, we’re here to guide you through this burning question: Supermarket vs. Homemade—Which wins in the battle of BBQ chicken rubs?

In this blog post, we’ll discover the pros and cons between supermarket bbq chicken rub or homemade chicken rub.  

Supermarket / Store-Bought BBQ Chicken Rubs


When it comes to store-bought BBQ chicken rubs, convenience is a major advantage. You can easily pick up a bottle at your local supermarket and save time. However, the downside might be the additives and preservatives that come with pre-packaged options.


Chef and Owner of Smokey Q, Paul Lange says, “For those looking to streamline their BBQ preparation process, supermarket or store-bought BBQ chicken rubs offer a convenient solution that saves time while ensuring consistent flavour every time.”

Ready-made rubs eliminate the need to source individual spices and herbs, saving you time that can be better spent enjoying your meal.

Additionally, store-bought rubs provide a reliable way to achieve consistent flavour profiles, ensuring that your BBQ chicken tastes just as delicious each time you grill. With a wide range of variety and specialty blends available, you can easily experiment with different flavours without the hassle of creating your own blends from scratch.


On the other hand, “Supermarket or store-bought BBQ chicken rubs come with drawbacks. They could be expensive for premium brands and contain fillers or preservatives. While convenient, these rubs may lack the freshness and quality of homemade blends.,” he says.  

Additionally, pre-packaged options might prevent you from adjusting the flavours to suit your preferences. Some store-bought rubs can also be high in sodium or artificial ingredients, which may not align with your health goals. With Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rubs, we guarantee no fillers or MSG!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Rubs


When making homemade BBQ chicken rubs, you get to control the ingredients, ensuring freshness and quality. However, it may require more time and effort compared to store-bought options.


Creating your own homemade BBQ chicken rub offers you full control over the flavours and ingredients without the need for fillers or preservatives often found in store-bought options. By making your own rub, you can adjust the spice levels, sweetness, saltiness, or any other flavour profiles to your liking.

Paul says, “Homemade rubs like our Smokey Q BBQ Rubs are more cost effective, plus we use fresher all natural ingredients ensuring that your chicken is seasoned with the best quality spices available.”


Making your own BBQ chicken rub at home will require more time and effort compared to using a store-bought option. Crafting a homemade rub includes gathering spices, measuring them precisely, and blending them to achieve the desired flavour profile. This process can be time-consuming, especially if you're experimenting to find the perfect balance of flavours. That’s why Paul recommends Smokey Q BBQ Rubs. Unlike store-bought BBQ rubs, we offer homemade rubs with no preservatives whatsoever. You can easily purchase them here for a fraction of the cost compared to store-bought rubs in Australia.

Why Choose Smokey Q BBQ Rubs


For those seeking bold flavours and superior quality in their BBQ rubs, consider Smokey Q as your top choice. Smokey Q stands out for its commitment to using the finest handmade Australian natural ingredients to create rich and flavourful blends that elevate your meat while barbecuing.

What sets Smokey Q apart is our dedication to quality, ensuring that all products are gluten-free and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fillers compared to supermarket rubs.

Additionally, Smokey Q supports Aussie Produce whenever possible, highlighting its commitment to local sourcing.

So, which BBQ chicken rub reigns supreme?

While both store-bought and homemade options have their own unique advantages, the ultimate winner in this showdown is homemade BBQ chicken rubs.

With the freedom to customise flavours and ingredients to your liking, homemade rubs offer a more personal touch to your grilling experience.  

Check out our BBQ rubs and impress your guests with a delicious homemade rub today.

Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Smokey Q BBQ Rubs Australia - SmokeyQ

Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Smokey Q BBQ Rubs Australia

Are you a seasoned vegan cook or just starting to explore meatless options? Choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet shouldn’t mean missing out on amazing barbeque flavours.

That’s why our team have worked hard to create the best variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly BBQ rubs in Australia. These rubs are crafted from natural ingredients, ensuring they are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian friendly and contain no MSG.

In our latest blog, discover more about Smokey Q's carefully crafted spices and rubs.

Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub

If you're looking for a delicious vegan and vegetarian-friendly BBQ rub in Australia, consider trying the Chicken BBQ Rub by Smokey Q. This rub is a flavourful blend made from 100% natural ingredients, ensuring it's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and contains no MSG or fillers.  

  • Ingredients: Smokey Q’s Chicken BBQ Rub contains only real, natural ingredients including WA lake salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Features: Unique combination of herbs and spices that enhance the flavour of your dishes.
  • Best For: Whether you're hosting a vegan BBQ party or simply grilling for yourself, the Chicken BBQ Rub by Smokey Q offers a well-balanced flavour profile. Add a sprinkle of this rub to your favourite plant-based proteins or vegetables before grilling, and savour the delicious results that will impress your guests and satisfy your cravings.
  • Price: From $12, this BBQ rub offers a delightful taste experience without compromising your dietary preferences.


Smokey Q Original Barbecue Rub

Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub is an all-purpose rub crafted with 100% natural ingredients, ensuring it's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and free from MSG.

  • Ingredients: WA lake salt, Brown sugar, Pepper, Coriander, Garlic, Smoked paprika, Thyme, Celery, Cumin and Chipotle.
  • Features: Designed to enhance the taste of a wide range of foods, making it a versatile option for all your grilling needs.
  • Best For: Whether you're seasoning vegetables, tofu, seitan, or plant-based meats, this rub adds a delicious smokey flavour with a hint of sweetness and a touch of heat from the chipotle. Its balanced combination of spices and seasonings caters to various palates, making it a go-to choice for both vegans and non-vegans alike.
  • Price: Priced from $12, this Original Barbecue Rub offers excellent value for money, considering its high-quality ingredients and the flavour it brings to your dishes.

Smokin' Guns Charcoal Rub

Introducing the vegan-friendly and gluten-free Smokin' Guns Charcoal Rub, featuring activated charcoal from coconut husks, brown sugar, chili, and smoked paprika. This unique blend not only enhances the flavour of your BBQ dishes but also adds a striking dark hue to your meats or vegetables, making your foodie creations look and taste amazing.

  • Ingredients: This gourmet, charcoal meat seasoning contains 100% natural Australian ingredients including Deborah Lake (WA) salt flakes, activated charcoal, brown sugar, chilli, smoked paprika, Chipotle, garlic, onion, pepper, cumin, celery, mustard, and fennel.
  • Features: The activated charcoal in this rub is derived from coconut husks, adding a smoky element that pairs perfectly with the heat of the chili and the sweetness of the brown sugar. The smoked paprika further elevates the flavour profile, giving your BBQ creations a well-rounded taste that will impress even the most discerning palates.
  • Best For: Whether you're grilling tofu, seitan, vegetables, or plant-based burgers, the Smokin' Guns Charcoal Rub is a versatile seasoning that will take your BBQ game to the next level. Its gluten-free and MSG-free formulation guarantees that you can enjoy your meals without any worries about allergens or additives.
  • Price: Priced from $12, this premium BBQ rub offers exceptional quality at an affordable price point.


Chipotle Spicy BBQ Rub

Introducing the fiery and flavourful Chipotle Spicy BBQ Rub, a must-have for grillmasters and food enthusiasts alike whether you’re vegan or vegetarian crafted with care, this blend features the bold kick of chipotle peppers, balanced with the sweetness of brown sugar and the smoky depth of paprika.

  • Ingredients: Our Chipotle Spicy BBQ Rub boasts a curated selection of real, natural ingredients: Deborah Lake (WA) salt flakes, chipotle (15%), brown sugar, chilli, smoked paprika, coriander, garlic, onion, pepper, cumin.
  • Features: The star of this rub is the chipotle pepper, which infuses a distinct smokey heat that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of brown sugar. Enhanced by the earthy tones of smoked paprika and the aromatic spices, this blend creates a complex and dynamic flavour profile that will impress even the most discerning palates.
  • Best For: Whether you're grilling up succulent ribs, juicy tofu skewers, or hearty vegetable medleys, our Chipotle Spicy BBQ Rub is the secret ingredient that will take your dishes to new heights. Chipotle is especially yummy when paired with tofu, adding a deliciously spicy kick to your plant-based creations.
  • Price: Priced affordably starting from $12, Smokey Q Chipotle Spicy BBQ Rub offers exceptional quality without breaking the bank. With each jar packed full of premium spices and seasonings, you can enjoy restaurant-quality BBQ in the comfort of your own backyard, all at a fraction of the cost.


Why Choose Smokey Q BBQ Rubs and Sauces

We are committed to bold flavours and quality ingredients. That’s why our Smokey Q BBQ Rubs and Sauces stand out as superior choices for enhancing your grilling experience. Founded by Chef Paul Lange, Smokey Q was born out of a genuine need for excellent Australian-made spice and rub combinations. Our products are meticulously crafted to deliver perfectly balanced sweet-hot and salty-savoury profiles, surpassing other barbecue rubs on the market.

Our mission is to inspire the chef within you and elevate the flavours of your BBQs. Proudly Australian, we are owned and operated in Perth, Western Australia, ensuring a dedication to using the finest Australian ingredients. What sets Smokey Q apart is the hand-blended and packaged nature of our products, all while being gluten-free and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fillers.

If you're looking to create your own bespoke spice and rub for business or manufacturing purposes, Smokey Q can make it happen. Our team is committed to perfecting delicious new sauces and considers contract packing and collaborations on an individual basis.

You can shop our full range of rubs and sauces here.


4 Easy and Sensational Budget Meals with Smokey Q BBQ Seasonings - SmokeyQ

4 Easy and Sensational Budget Meals with Smokey Q BBQ Seasonings

Creating delicious, budget-friendly meals is easy when you have the right seasonings. With Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning, you can elevate your everyday dishes to a new level of taste sensation, without breaking the bank.

Smokey Q, a Western Australian company, has mastered the art of blending spices to perfection, offering a range of BBQ rubs and seasonings that promise to transform your meats, vegetables, and even vegan dishes into smoky delights. Whether you're planning a casual family dinner or a BBQ party with friends, incorporating Smokey Q's hand-blended, gluten-free, and MSG-free seasonings can make your meals not only more affordable but also incredibly flavourful. Impress your family and friends with Smokey Q’s seasonings for every palate and dish. Explore how to make the most out of these sensational flavours while keeping your meals budget-friendly and utterly delicious with our guide below.

1. BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Looking to impress your taste buds without breaking the bank? BBQ Chicken Drumsticks seasoned with Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning are a must-try.  With simple ingredients and easy instructions, you can create flavourful drumsticks that everyone will love. Follow the simple recipe below to savour the deliciousness!


For BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, you'll need:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons of Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

These ingredients come together to create a flavourful and budget-friendly meal. The chicken drumsticks serve as the main protein source, while the Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub adds a delicious blend of spices and flavours that will elevate your dish. The olive oil helps to coat the drumsticks evenly and aids in achieving a crispy and juicy texture when cooked.

These simple yet essential ingredients work together harmoniously to create a mouthwatering BBQ chicken dish that's perfect for any occasion. With just these few items, you can enjoy a tasty meal without breaking the bank.


To prepare the BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. In a bowl, mix the chicken drumsticks with olive oil and Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub until evenly coated.

Arrange the drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.

Serve your delicious BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with a side of coleslaw or your favourite salad.

These simple steps will result in flavourful and tender drumsticks that are perfect for a budget-friendly meal. Enjoy the sensational taste of Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning in every bite!

2. Smokey Q Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork sandwiche

Smokey Q Pulled Pork Sandwiches are a great choice for an easy and delicious meal. Gather all the necessary ingredients and follow the steps below for a mouthwatering result.

Let's get started on crafting these flavourful and budget-friendly sandwiches!


  • Pork shoulder
  • 3 tablespoons of Smokey Q Honey & Bacon BBQ Rub
  • Cup of apple cider vinegar /1 Cup Bulls head BBQ Sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

These simple yet flavourful ingredients work together to create a mouthwatering pulled pork filling that's sure to satisfy your taste buds. The Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub adds a perfect balance of smoky, sweet, and savoury flavours to the pork, while the apple cider vinegar helps tenderise the meat and enhance its juiciness.

When combined and slow-cooked to perfection, these ingredients transform into a delicious pulled pork filling that will elevate your sandwich game to a whole new level.


For succulent Smokey Q Pulled Pork Sandwiches, generously rub the pork shoulder with Smokey Q Honey & Bacon Rub. Place the seasoned pork in a slow cooker and add a splash of apple cider vinegar and some Bulls Head BBQ Sauce for extra flavour.

Let it cook on low for about 8 hours, or until the pork is tender and easily shreds with a fork. Once done, shred the pork using two forks, mixing it with the cooking juices for added moisture and taste.

Serve this mouthwatering pulled pork on soft hamburger buns, accompanied by a side of tangy pickles for a delightful contrast. These Smokey Q Pulled Pork Sandwiches are sure to be a hit at any meal, offering a burst of sensational flavour with every bite.

3. Smokey Q BBQ Rubbed Roasted Potatoes

BBQ Rub Roasted Potateos

When making Smokey Q BBQ Rubbed Roasted Potatoes, remember that the key lies in the quality of your ingredients. Follow the simple instructions to achieve crispy, flavourful potatoes that will make your taste buds dance!

Let the Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning do the work for you, infusing your dish with a delicious smoky flavour.


  • 1 kG of potatoes cut into chunks.
  • 2 tablespoons of Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

These simple ingredients come together to create a flavourful and satisfying side dish that will complement any meal.

The potatoes, when coated with the Smoke Q BBQ Rub and olive oil, develop a deliciously crispy exterior with a smoky and savoury flavour profile.

This budget-friendly dish is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a quick weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue.

With just a few basic ingredients, you can enjoy the rich taste of Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning in every bite of these roasted potatoes.


In a large bowl, toss the potato chunks with olive oil and Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub until well coated. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and crispy, stirring halfway through.

Serve as a side dish or add to salads for extra flavour. These Smokey Q BBQ Rubbed Roasted Potatoes are a simple yet flavourful dish that will impress your taste buds without breaking the bank. The combination of the Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub with the crispy texture of the roasted potatoes creates a mouthwatering experience that's perfect for any meal. Enjoy the sensational flavours of Smokey Q with this easy and budget-friendly recipe.

4. Smokey Q BBQ Beans

Roasted BBQ Beans

If you desire a simple yet flavourful dish to accompany your BBQ feast, consider Smokey Q BBQ Beans. These beans, infused with the rich and smokey taste of the seasoning, are a perfect side dish for any occasion. It’s easy to whip up these delicious BBQ beans in no time!


Gather the following for a deliciously budget-friendly meal featuring the rich flavours of Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning:

  • 2 cans of navy beans
  • 1 onion
  • Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub
  • Tomato sauce
  • Bulls Head BBQ Sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar.

These ingredients come together to create a mouthwatering dish that's both satisfying and affordable. The navy beans, when combined with the savoury onion and the robust Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub, offer a hearty base for the dish. The tomato sauce adds a depth of flavour, while the molasses brings a touch of sweetness. Finally, a splash of apple cider vinegar provides a subtle tang that balances the dish perfectly.

With these simple ingredients, you can enjoy a flavourful meal that won't break the bank.


To prepare the Smokey Q BBQ Beans, begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a skillet, sauté the onion until soft. Add the beans, Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub, tomato sauce, molasses, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and bake for 1 hour, or until thick and bubbly.

Serve these flavourful Smokey Q BBQ Beans as a hearty side dish or over rice for a complete meal.

Enjoy the rich and smokey taste infused into every bite, making this dish a perfect addition to your budget-friendly and delicious meal rotation.

Why Choose Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning?

SmokeyQ BBQ Rub Packets

Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning is a versatile blend of spices and herbs that brings a rich and smokey flavour to your dishes. One of the reasons why you should choose Smokey Q is our ability to transform simple and inexpensive ingredients into mouthwatering meals that taste like they were cooked low and slow on a barbecue pit.

Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning is perfect for those looking to add depth and complexity to their dishes without breaking the bank. With just a sprinkle of this seasoning, you can achieve that authentic BBQ taste that will have your taste buds dancing. Whether you're grilling, roasting, or even sautéing, Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning will take your meals to the next level.

Moreover, Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning is a convenient option for those who want to save time in the kitchen without sacrificing flavour. Instead of spending hours marinating or preparing intricate spice mixes, you can simply reach for a bottle of Smokey Q and instantly elevate your dishes with its bold and smoky taste.

Final Thoughts

So why settle for bland meals on a budget when you can easily elevate your dishes with Smokey Q BBQ Seasoning?

With its rich and flavourful blend of spices, you can transform simple ingredients into sensational meals that will impress your taste buds without breaking the bank.

Don't compromise on taste - choose Smokey Q for affordable and delicious meals every time. Shop here now!

Enjoy Simple, Delicious and Budget-Friendly BBQ Rub Meals - SmokeyQ

Enjoy Simple, Delicious and Budget-Friendly BBQ Rub Meals

Are you craving budget-friendly BBQ meals that you can make at home?

Look no further!

With Smokey Q's award-winning rubs and sauces, crafting delicious BBQ dishes on a budget is not only feasible but downright delightful. Simply pair our Australian-made, all-natural ingredient rubs with good quality meat, and you can whip up flavourful masterpieces without emptying your wallet.

So, let's fire up the grill and dive into these wallet-friendly meal ideas and recipes that will have your taste buds singing without breaking the bank.

1. BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken Grill


To create delicious BBQ chicken, all you need is chicken thighs or drumsticks and a BBQ rub. Chicken thighs are a great choice for BBQ as they're juicy and full of flavour. Drumsticks, with their convenient handle, are also a popular option.

Rub Recipe:

To make a delicious BBQ chicken, simply prepare your chicken thighs or drumsticks with Smokey Q BBQ Chicken Rub for a balancing zesty sumac note with kaffir lime flavours, containing real ingredients like WA lake salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary.

This chicken spice rub recipe provides the perfect flavour mix to pair with your grilled chicken. Enjoy the harmonious blend of spices that will elevate your BBQ chicken to a whole new level of deliciousness.


For tasty BBQ chicken, be sure to generously coat the chicken with the Smokey Q chicken rub and let it marinate for at least an hour before grilling over medium heat until fully cooked. This marinating time allows the flavours to penetrate the chicken, enhancing its taste.

When grilling, make sure that the chicken is cooked through by checking that the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) to guarantee it's safe to eat. Additionally, consider basting the chicken with your favourite Smokey Q BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of grilling for an extra burst of flavour.

Remember to let the chicken rest for a few minutes after grilling to lock in the juices before serving and enjoying your delicious BBQ chicken.

Cost-Saving Tip:

Consider maximising your savings by purchasing chicken in bulk or opting for more affordable cuts like thighs or drumsticks. Buying chicken in bulk can often be more cost-effective, allowing you to save money per pound compared to buying smaller quantities.

Thighs and drumsticks are generally cheaper cuts of chicken than breasts, but they're just as flavourful when seasoned with a delicious BBQ rub. By choosing these budget-friendly options, you can enjoy a delicious BBQ chicken meal without breaking the bank.

2. Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork


To make delicious pulled pork, you only need two key ingredients: Pork shoulder and a flavourful Smokey Q BBQ rub. Pork shoulder, also known as pork butt or Boston butt, is a well-marbled and flavourful cut that becomes tender and juicy when cooked low and slow.

The marbling in the pork shoulder helps keep the meat moist during the cooking process, resulting in succulent pulled pork. When paired with a delicious BBQ rub, the flavours penetrate the meat, creating a mouthwatering dish that's perfect for sandwiches, tacos, or simply enjoyed on its own.

Rub Recipe:

For a flavourful and budget-friendly pulled pork dish at home, consider using Smokey Q Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub, Rib Rub, or the humble Salt Pepper Garlic (SPG) Rub. These rubs offer a perfect blend of sweet, savoury, and smoky flavours that will elevate your pulled pork to new heights.

The Smokey Q Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub adds a touch of sweetness with a hint of bacon essence, while the Rib Rub provides a classic BBQ taste. On the other hand, the SPG blend of salt, pepper, and garlic delivers a simple yet delicious flavour profile that complements the pork beautifully.

Choose your favourite rub and get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering pulled pork meal on a budget.


Start by generously coating the pork shoulder with the chosen rub before slow-cooking it in a crockpot or oven until tender enough to shred with a fork. This process allows the flavours of the rub to penetrate the meat, creating a deliciously seasoned pulled pork.

The slow cooking method is vital to guarantee the pork becomes tender and easily falls apart. Once the pork is cooked to perfection, use two forks to shred it into succulent pieces.

The slow-cooked pulled pork can be utilised in various dishes like sandwiches, tacos, or served alongside your favourite sides. This preparation method assures a flavourful and budget-friendly meal that will satisfy your BBQ cravings.

Cost-Saving Tip:

A cost-saving tip to keep in mind is to look for pork shoulder when it's on sale, as it's a cut that's often less expensive and yields a lot of servings.

Pork shoulder is known for its rich flavour and tender texture when cooked low and slow, making it perfect for pulled pork dishes. When you find pork shoulder on sale, consider buying in bulk and freezing portions for future meals to maximise savings.

3. Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables


For delectable grilled vegetables, gather an assortment of bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and your favourite Smokey Q BBQ rub. Bell peppers add a vibrant sweetness, while zucchini brings a mild, slightly nutty flavour. Mushrooms provide a meaty texture and earthy taste that pairs perfectly with the smokiness of the BBQ rub.

When choosing bell peppers, opt for a mix of colours like red, yellow, and green for a visually appealing dish. The combination of these vegetables creates a well-rounded flavour profile that complements the savory notes of the BBQ rub. Make sure that the vegetables are cut into similar sizes to promote even cooking and to maximise the absorption of the flavourful rub during grilling.

Rub Recipe:

To enhance the flavour of your grilled vegetables, consider incorporating the robust and savoury notes of the Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub, Salt Pepper Garlic (SPG) - 150g, or Zesty Sea Salt Blend - 150 g. These rubs will add a delightful depth of flavour to your vegetables while enhancing their natural taste.

The Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub provides a balanced blend of spices perfect for vegetables, while the Salt Pepper Garlic (SPG) offers a classic combination that complements a wide variety of veggies. If you prefer a zestier option, the Zesty Sea Salt Blend adds a tangy kick that pairs wonderfully with grilled vegetables.

Experiment with these rubs to create delicious and budget-friendly BBQ meals at home.


Get your vegetables ready by slicing them, generously applying the chosen rub, and grilling them until they reach the desired tenderness.

Start by cutting vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms into uniform pieces to guarantee they cook evenly. Next, sprinkle Smokey Q BBQ rub generously over the vegetables, ensuring to coat each piece thoroughly for maximum flavour.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and place the vegetables directly on the grates or in a grill basket. Grill the veggies, turning occasionally, until they're charred on the outside and tender on the inside.

This simple preparation method will enhance the natural flavours of the vegetables and infuse them with smoky goodness.

Cost-Saving Tip:

Consider opting for seasonal produce to save on costs while enjoying maximum freshness and flavour. Seasonal vegetables are generally cheaper and fresher, making them a cost-effective choice for your BBQ meals.

Look for vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant, corn, and asparagus during their peak seasons to get the best deals. These vegetables not only pack a flavourful punch when grilled but also offer nutritional benefits.

4. BBQ Rubbed Ribs

BBQ Rubbed Ribs


To prepare mouth-watering BBQ rubbed ribs, make sure you have pork ribs and a flavourful Smokey Q BBQ rub ready.

Pork ribs are the star of this dish, offering a tender and juicy base for the delicious BBQ flavours to shine. When selecting your pork ribs, opt for cuts with a good amount of meat on them to guarantee a satisfying meal.

Smokey Q BBQ rub will elevate the taste of the ribs, providing a perfect balance of savoury, sweet, and smoky flavours.

Rub Recipe:

For mouth-watering BBQ rubbed ribs, gather your preferred pork ribs and select from a range of flavourful rub options including Smokey Q Beef BBQ Rub, Smokin Guns Charcoal Rub, Fierce Bull Coffee Rub, and Original BBQ Rub. These rubs offer a variety of tastes, from the robust and smoky notes of Smokin Guns Charcoal Rub to the bold and rich flavours of Fierce Bull Coffee Rub.

The Smokey Q Beef BBQ Rub provides a classic barbecue taste, while the Original BBQ Rub offers a versatile blend that complements the natural flavours of the pork ribs. Experiment with different combinations or stick to your favourite to create succulent and delicious BBQ rubbed ribs at home without breaking the bank.


After choosing your preferred BBQ rub for your ribs, the next step in preparing mouth-watering BBQ rubbed ribs is to generously apply the rub to the meat and allow it to marinate overnight. This essential step allows the flavours to penetrate the meat deeply, ensuring a rich and flavourful outcome.

Once the ribs have marinated adequately, you can choose to grill or bake them until the meat is tender and succulent. The slow cooking process will help the flavours intensify, resulting in perfectly seasoned ribs that are sure to impress your taste buds.

Cost-Saving Tip:

Save money on your BBQ rubbed ribs by purchasing ribs in bulk or when they're on special, allowing you to freeze any unused portions for later use. Look out for sales at your local grocery store or butcher to take advantage of discounted prices. Buying in bulk often comes with a lower cost per pound, reducing the overall expense.

5. BBQ Beef Brisket

BBQ Beef Brisket


For a mouthwatering BBQ beef brisket, gather up the essential ingredients of beef brisket and a Smokey Q BBQ rub.

The key to a flavourful brisket lies in the quality of the meat and the rub you use to season it. When choosing your beef brisket, aim for a well-marbled cut that will become tender and juicy during the cooking process.

Rub Recipe:

To create a mouthwatering BBQ beef brisket, start by generously rubbing the beef brisket with Smokey Q Beef BBQ Rub, ensuring all sides are evenly coated. This rub will infuse the meat with a rich blend of flavours, enhancing its taste as it cooks.

For an added depth of flavour, consider incorporating Smokin Guns Charcoal Rub or Fierce Bull Coffee Rub into the mix. These rubs will complement the BBQ beef brisket, giving it a smoky and robust profile.


After creating a mouthwatering BBQ beef brisket with a flavourful homemade rub, the next step in the process is to prepare the brisket for cooking. Begin by ensuring the brisket is thawed completely if previously frozen.

Pat the meat dry with paper towels to help the rub adhere better. Next, generously apply the homemade rub to all sides of the brisket, ensuring it's evenly coated for maximum flavour. Let the brisket sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the flavours to penetrate the meat.

Once ready, you can proceed to cook the brisket using your preferred method, such as smoking or slow roasting, until it reaches the desired level of tenderness.

Cost-Saving Tip:

Consider purchasing brisket from wholesale stores or when it's on sale to make it more budget-friendly. Buying in bulk can often lead to significant savings per pound.

Another cost-saving tip is to trim the brisket yourself instead of buying pre-trimmed cuts, as this can be more economical. Additionally, opting for a whole brisket rather than specific cuts can provide more meat for your money.

Why Choose Smokey Q Rubs and Sauces?

Smokeyq BBQ Rub Packets

Smokey Q stands out for its award-winning BBQ rubs and sauces that have garnered rave reviews from satisfied customers. The founder, Chef Paul Lange, saw a need for high-quality Australian-made spice and rub combinations and took it upon himself to create exceptional products that surpass other seasoning blends on the market.

Smokey Q products are crafted with superior ingredients to inspire the chef within you and elevate the flavours of your BBQ dishes. With a range of options like the Redfall Bite Back Rub, Bull's Head BBQ Sauce, and the versatile Salt Blends, there's something to enhance every type of meat or dish you prepare. These rubs and sauces aren't only delicious but also easy to use, making them perfect for both seasoned grill masters and beginners.

Whether you're grilling chicken, beef ribs, or even experimenting with cocktails, Smokey Q has a product that will elevate your culinary creations to the next level. The perfectly proportioned blends of spices and seasonings make certain that every bite is bursting with mouthwatering flavours. Elevate your BBQ with Smokey Q Rubs and Sauces and experience the difference for yourself!

Final Thoughts

So why hesitate? Immerse yourself in the world of budget-friendly BBQ rub meals you can do at home and enhance your cooking today.

With these delightful recipes, you can indulge in mouthwatering flavours without breaking the bank. Impress your loved ones with your newfound culinary skills and relish the rich, smoky essence of BBQ in the comfort of your own home.

Get ready to create affordable and delectable dishes that will leave everyone wanting more. Shop here and happy cooking!

Both are Delicious, But What Makes BBQ Seasoning Different to a BBQ Rub? - SmokeyQ

Both are Delicious, But What Makes BBQ Seasoning Different to a BBQ Rub?

We've been mastering the art of BBQ for a while now, but here's a question that often sparks curiosity from our customers: What exactly makes BBQ seasoning different from BBQ rub? Stick around as we delve into the details and explore how both can truly elevate your culinary game.

Key Takeaways

  • BBQ rub forms a flavourful crust on the meat surface.
  • BBQ seasoning is ideal for marinating or sprinkling.
  • BBQ rub has a coarser texture; seasoning is finer.
  • Experimenting with textures enhances BBQ experience.
  • Smokey Q offers award-winning BBQ rubs and sauces, made from all natural ingredients, crafted to cater to every palate.

The Definition of BBQ Seasoning versus BBQ Rub

Woman Confused about the Difference Between BBQ Rub and BBQ Seasoning

BBQ seasoning is a blend of various spices and herbs that enhance the flavour of your meat – whether it's a sprinkle or a marinade, it adds that extra magic to your dish.

On the other hand, BBQ rub is a mix of seasonings combined with common ingredients like salt, spices, and sugar to create a flavourful crust on the meat's surface when grilled or smoked.

The key difference between BBQ rub and seasoning lies in their textures and intended uses.

While BBQ seasoning is more finely ground and ideal for marinating or sprinkling on food before cooking, BBQ rub, with its coarser texture, is perfect for forming a delicious bark on meats during the cooking process.

Ingredients in BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub

In BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub, the selection of ingredients plays an important role in defining the distinct flavour profiles of each blend. When comparing BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub, it's important to understand the unique ingredients that contribute to their taste. Common shared ingredients include paprika, salt, brown sugar, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and more! These ingredients are carefully combined in varying proportions to create the perfect balance of flavours in both BBQ rubs and BBQ seasonings.

Texture and Application of BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub

Let's explore the distinct textures and versatile applications of BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub to elevate your grilling to new heights.

When it comes to texture, BBQ rubs typically have a coarser consistency due to ingredients like herbs, salt, pepper, and various spices. This coarseness helps create a flavourful crust on meats when grilled. On the other hand, BBQ seasonings have a finer texture, often resembling powdered spices, making them ideal for sprinkling evenly over dishes for a well-rounded flavour profile.

Experimenting with both textures and applications can truly enhance your BBQ experience.

Best Uses for BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub

BBQ rubs are best for dry applications on meats before grilling or smoking, forming a flavourful crust when cooked. They often contain a mix of spices, sugar, and salt for a balanced taste.

On the other hand, BBQ seasonings are versatile blends that can be used before, during, or after cooking to add layers of flavour. They're perfect for enhancing the taste of grilled vegetables, popcorn, or even roasted nuts.

Smokey Q’s Range of BBQ Seasonings and Rubs

Smokey Q Original BBQ Rub


Smokey Q offers a diverse range of BBQ seasonings and rubs that are meticulously crafted to elevate the flavours of your grilled dishes to new heights. At Smokey Q, we take pride in our products, ensuring they meet the highest standards of taste and quality.

Here are some of the highlights of our range:

  1. Best BBQ Rubs in Australia: Our award-winning rubs are loved by many and have gained recognition for their exceptional flavours.
  2. Chicken BBQ Rub Recipes: Try our specially curated rubs designed to enhance the taste of chicken dishes.
  3. Dry Rub for BBQ Pulled Pork: Elevate your pulled pork with our signature dry rubs, adding a perfect balance of flavours.
  4. BBQ Seasoning Rub: Explore our range of seasoning rubs, perfect for all your BBQ needs.

Experience the difference with Smokey Q's BBQ rubs and seasonings!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub be Used Interchangeably in Recipes?

Yes, BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub can be used interchangeably in recipes. Both enhance flavour, but seasonings are finer blends for all-purpose use, while rubs are coarser blends meant to coat and create a flavourful crust on meats.

How Long do BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub Last Before They Expire?

BBQ seasoning and rub typically last about 1-2 years if stored properly in airtight containers away from heat and sunlight. Check for any changes in colour or aroma to guarantee freshness. Remember, quality ingredients make a flavourful difference!

Can BBQ Seasoning and BBQ Rub Be Used on Vegetables or Seafood?

We love using BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub on vegetables and seafood! They add incredible depth of flavour, enhancing veggies and seafood with smoky, savory goodness. It's a versatile way to elevate your dishes!

Final Thoughts

So, whether you're aiming for a subtle enhancement or a bold explosion of flavour, understanding the distinction between BBQ seasoning and BBQ rub is the first step towards grilling perfection. And at Smokey Q, we're here to provide you with the finest quality rubs and seasonings to help you achieve BBQ greatness every time you fire up the grill. Shop here now.

Creative Ways to Use BBQ Sauce in Cooking - SmokeyQ

Creative Ways to Use BBQ Sauce in Cooking

BBQ sauce isn’t just for the smoker or BBQ. Let's elevate your cooking to delicious perfection and create a symphony of flavours in your home kitchen. It is more than just a condiment, and it’s a culinary adventure that promises Smokey sweetness and savoury magic. Enhance your cuisine and wow your taste buds with every bite!

Key Points

  • BBQ sauce adds flavour to dishes.
  • Can be used as a marinade for meats.
  • Transform veggies into delicious treats.
  • Enhance burgers with Smokey and sweet tastes.
  • Slather ribs for tender, flavourful perfection.
  • Smokey Q offers award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs perfectly created to enhance your cooking.

Why is BBQ Sauce Important in Cooking?

BBQ sauce isn't just a condiment, and it's a flavour powerhouse that elevates dishes to new heights. It adds complexity and depth to our recipes, from tangy and sweet to Smokey and spicy. Whether slathered on grilled meats, used as a dipping sauce, or incorporated into marinades, its versatility knows no bounds. Creative ways to use BBQ sauce go beyond traditional applications, inspiring us to think outside the box and explore new culinary experiences.

BBQ Sauce as a Marinade

One widespread use of BBQ sauce in cooking is to marinate meats, transforming them into delectable food full of flavour. Whether grilling chicken or pork ribs, it adds a distinct flavour to your meals. Here are some exciting ways to use barbecue sauce as a marinade:

  • Infuse Flavour: BBQ sauce recipes elevate the taste profile of your meats.
  • Tenderise: BBQ sauce for chicken helps tenderise the meat, ensuring juicy results.
  • Caramelise: When grilled, BBQ sauce for pork ribs creates a beautiful, caramelised crust.
  • Enhance Aroma: BBQ sauce's rich aroma enhances your dish's overall sensory experience.
  • Add Depth: Experiment with different BBQ sauce variations to add depth and complexity to your marinades.

BBQ Sauce Glazed Vegetables

BBQ Sauce Glazed Vegetables

Transform your ordinary vegetable dishes into mouthwatering food with a delicious BBQ sauce glaze that adds flavour and depth to every bite. It's a creative twist to your typical veggie sides. To make this flavourful dish, brush your favourite veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms with a mixture of good BBQ sauce like Smokey Q and olive oil before grilling or roasting them. It  caramelises beautifully, enhancing the natural sweetness of the vegetables while infusing them with a Smokey tang. This unique cooking method with elevates the veggies to a new level, making them a standout addition to any meal. Try experimenting with different BBQ sauces and rubs from Smokey Q to find your perfect match for this delicious side dish.

BBQ Sauce Infused Burgers

BBQ Sauce Infused Burger

Why not infuse your burgers with BBQ Sauce?

Indulge your taste buds with delicious BBQ sauce-infused burgers, elevating your grilling experience to a new flavour sensation. This creative way will create a versatile and flavourful burger. Here's why BBQ sauce-infused burgers are a must-try:

  • Flavour Creativity: Experiment with different flavours for unique taste profiles.
  • Juicy and Flavourful: The BBQ sauce moistures the burgers and adds a rich, tangy taste.
  • Versatile Pairings: Pair these burgers with toppings like crispy bacon or caramelised onions.
  • Exciting Twist: Elevate classic burgers with Smokey, sweet, and savoury BBQ sauce.
  • Grill Master Approved: Impress your guests with these mouthwatering, innovative creations at your next BBQ gathering.

BBQ Sauce Slathered Ribs

Topped onto BBQ ribs, the Smokey BBQ sauce envelops each succulent piece of meat, making it a hit. The key to obtaining finger-licking ribs is the right BBQ sauce recipe, which combines the sweetness of molasses with the tang of vinegar and the warmth of spices. Whether you want a traditional sauce for ribs or a more adventurous Smokey BBQ sauce, the trick is to generously coat your ribs before slow-cooking them to exquisite perfection. This same for chicken can turn your ribs into a delectable masterpiece.

BBQ Sauce Drizzled Pizza

BBQ Sauce Drizzled pizza

Use it as a base instead of tomato sauce, or drizzle just your pizza with a delicious BBQ sauce to elevate its flavours and bring a touch of Smokey sweetness to every bite. The combination of gooey cheese, savoury toppings, and the bold tang creates a symphony of flavours on your taste buds. Here are some reasons why BBQ sauce-drizzled pizza will become your new favourite go-to dish:

  • The smokiness of the BBQ sauce adds a delicious depth to the pizza.
  • The sweet and tangy notes of the sauce perfectly complement the savoury elements of the pizza.
  • Each bite is a delightful balance of flavours that will leave you craving more.
  • It's a creative twist on traditional pizza toppings.
  • The aroma filling your kitchen as the pizza bakes with BBQ sauce is mouthwatering!

What are the BBQ Sauces that Smokey Q Offers?

Discover Smokey Q's incredible variety of BBQ sauces and rubs, each designed to enhance your culinary creations with fantastic natural, balanced flavours. 

Here's a glimpse of some of our mouth-watering BBQ sauces you can enjoy:


BBQ Sauce

Flavour Profile

Key Ingredients

Bull's Head BBQ Sauce

Full-flavoured American-Style BBQ Sauce

Tamarind with a hint of Vinegar

Bull's Head Sriracha BBQ Sauce

The Best Spicy BBQ Sauce in Australia

Iconic flavour of Sriracha

Mofo Miso Sriracha Hot Sauce

The only Sriracha Sauce you’ll ever need

This sauce has a heat rating of 2.5 out of 10

Mofo Green Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Mild with just Enough Kick to Make you Notice

Mild and Tangy Jalapeno – yum!

Mofo BBQ Chipotle Hot Sauce

Mild Hot Sauce but with a Big Flavour and Kick to any Meal

Heat rating of 4 out of 10, Mexican Hot Sauce

Indulge in these delectable sauces and elevate your BBQ experience with Smokey Q's finest BBQ sauce and bbq rub creations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used as a Replacement for Ketchup in Recipes?

Absolutely! We've found that BBQ sauce can make a fantastic replacement for ketchup in recipes. Its rich, Smokey flavour adds a delicious twist to dishes. Give it a try and let your taste buds dance!

What Are Some Unique Desserts That Can Be Made with BBQ Sauce?

We've discovered a decadent twist – if you are game, try Bull Head BBQ sauce drizzled over vanilla ice cream. The sweet and Smokey flavours blend into a surprisingly delightful treat. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with this unexpected dessert delight!

Are There Any Health Benefits to Using BBQ Sauce in Cooking?

Using BBQ sauce in cooking can add flavour and depth to dishes. It infuses a Smokey tang that enhances the taste profile. While moderation is vital due to its sugar content, incorporating it creatively can elevate various recipes.

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used in Vegetarian or Vegan Recipes?

Absolutely! Smokey Q BBQ sauce can be used in vegetarian or vegan recipes. It adds a delicious Smokey flavour and a touch of sweetness that can elevate dishes like grilled veggies, tofu stir-fries, or even BBQ jackfruit sandwiches.

How Can BBQ Sauce Be Incorporated into Breakfast Dishes?

Incorporating BBQ sauce into breakfast dishes can add a zesty twist to classics like scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, or even as a drizzle over avocado toast. It's a versatile condiment that can elevate your morning meal!


Get ready to experience rich flavours and creative twists. From tangy marinades to savoury glazes, BBQ sauce opens a world of possibilities that will tantalise your senses.

So, don't just cook. Use Smokey Q BBQ Sauce to make your cooking 100 times better.

Let's turn up the heat and tantalise your taste senses! Shop HERE.

Choosing the Optimal Meats for Smoking - SmokeyQ

Choosing the Optimal Meats for Smoking

The selection of meats for smoking may differ from what one might initially anticipate, especially in comparison to grilling. The process involves selecting meats or cuts that are typically tougher and less desirable and transforming them into culinary wonders through extended, low-temperature smoking. Selecting meats for smoking requires a keen understanding of what characteristics make a cut ideal. Many cuts considered less flavourful in other contexts often turn out to be perfect choices for smoking.

What Defines an Excellent Meat for Smoking?

Meats rich in fat and connective tissue, which might usually be overlooked, prove to be exceptional for smoking. Extended exposure to lower temperatures during smoking facilitates the breakdown of connective tissue and transforms fat into a tender delight. The best meats for smoking undergo a metamorphosis during prolonged cooking, emerging as juicy and mouth-wateringly soft.

Top Meat Choices for Smoking

In this section, we'll explore various meats, taking into consideration their natural fatty content and how well they adapt to smoking.

Prime selections for smoking are typically tougher and fattier meats. Beef stands out as a prime option, with some of the finest barbecues featuring a centerpiece of smoked beef.

Pork is another excellent choice, slightly leaner than beef but with specific cuts that excel in the smoker.

Whole birds, turkeys and other poultry, are also suitable, requiring less time in the smoker due to their leanness. These meats are ideal for beginners seeking a faster cooking process.

For additional inspiration, check out Smokey Q''s. smoking times and temperature charts.

Superior Cuts for Smoking Beef

When it comes to beef, using a high-quality beef rub is essential to achieve that perfect smokey flavour. Look for meat dry rubs specifically designed for beef BBQ — such as Smokey Q BBQ rubs from Perth — that are well-balanced in sweet and savoury notes. A good beef BBQ rub will enhance the natural richness of the meat while adding a delicious crust when smoked.

Brisket – The pinnacle of beef cuts, turning a tough meat into a delectable masterpiece when smoked correctly.

Beef Ribs – Rich in fat and connective tissue, beef ribs deliver a deep beefy taste when smoked.

Beef Cheeks – Featuring long, thin fat lines that melt during cooking, beef cheeks transform into a flavourful delight in the smoker.


For pork enthusiasts looking to elevate their smoking game, selecting the right cuts and pairing them with expertly crafted meat rubs is key to achieving mouthwatering results. When it comes to smoking pork, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Choose the Right Cuts: Opt for cuts like pork shoulder (also known as pork butt) or pork ribs for succulent and flavourful results.
  2. Use Smokey Q BBQ Rubs: Enhance the meat’s flavour profile by generously applying high-quality spice bbq pork rubs.


Pork Shoulder – This forgiving cut is easy to smoke, becoming incredibly tender when cooked right.

Pork Ribs – A classic BBQ choice, transformed into a mouthwatering delight with minimal effort.


Poultry takes smoking to a whole new level, providing a versatile canvas for creating mouthwatering works of culinary art with the perfect blend of flavour and tenderness. When it comes to smoking poultry, using the right combination of BBQ rubs and spices such as Smokey Q Chicken Rub which is essential to enhancing the natural taste of the meat.

Whole Chicken – Lean and simple to cook, making for an excellent choice for smoking beginners.

Whole Turkey – A fantastic option for special occasions, requiring effort but delivering an impressive smoked feast.


Selecting the right lamb cuts and preparing them with flavourful rubs and spices can truly elevate your barbecue experience.

Lamb Shoulder – One of the fattiest cuts, capable of breaking down into barbecued perfection when smoked.

Leg of Lamb – A fatty cut that benefits from a traditional low and slow smoke.


To achieve exceptional flavours when smoking venison, it’s crucial to select the right cuts of meat and pair them with high-quality seasoning blends.

Venison Roast – Coupling proper care with the right brine, any part of a deer can be transformed into a smoked delight.


For seafood aficionados seeking to enhance their smoking experience, selecting the freshest catches and pairing them with premium BBQ seasoning blends is key to achieving exceptional flavour.

Salmon – The ideal seafood for smoking due to its fatty, oily nature, resulting in deep flavours and a wonderful meal.


Whether you prefer a classic bratwurst or a spicy chorizo, the right combination of BBQ sauce and rub can take your smoking experience to the next level.

Sausage – Easily cooked in the smoker, making it one of the simplest yet best smoked treats.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use the Same Smoking Method for All Types of Meats, or Do I Need to Adjust Based on the Type of Meat?

We adjust our smoking method based on the type of meat. Different meats require varying cooking times and temperatures for optimal results. Tailoring the smoking process ensures each meat is tender and flavourful. It's all about enhancing the unique qualities of each cut!

Are There Any Meats That Are Not Recommended for Smoking, and Why?

Absolutely. Some meats like fish and lean cuts may not be optimal for smoking due to their delicate textures. It's crucial to avoid meats that are prone to drying out.

How Does the Size and Thickness of the Meat Affect the Smoking Process and Flavour?

Size and thickness of the meat significantly impact smoking. Thicker cuts require longer smoking times so they can absorb the flavours and break down the connective tissue, smaller pieces may cook faster but risk drying out. Understanding these factors ensures optimal flavour absorption and juicy results.

Should I Marinate or Season the Meats Before Smoking, and if So, What Are Some Recommended Marinades or Seasonings?

Marinating or seasoning meats before smoking enhances flavour. We recommend trying Smokey Q BBQ rubs and sauces.

How Do Different Types of Wood Chips or Pellets Affect the Flavour of the Smoked Meats, and Are There Specific Pairings Recommended for Different Types of Meat?

Different types of wood chips or pellets impact meat flavours differently. Pair mesquite with beef for a bold taste, cherry with poultry for a hint of sweetness, or apple with pork for a subtle fruitiness. Experiment for unique smoky profiles.


Through a blend of science and taste testing, we've identified these meats as our preferred ones for smoking. While many other cuts smoke well, the joy of barbecuing lies in experimenting and discovering personal favourites. Get ready to wow your friends and family with the most delicious smoked meats they've ever tasted. Buy the best bbq meat rubs today only at Smokey Q!

Food Matching Rubs - SmokeyQ

Food Matching Rubs

At the Smokey Q kitchen labs, we test, we taste, and we season to perfection. As experts in the realm of culinary delights, we've discovered that the magic of a meal often lies in the pairing of our specially crafted rubs with the right foods. It's not as simple as sprinkling spice on your steak, it's about orchestrating a symphony of flavours that dance on your palate. So, are you ready to embark on a journey that will take your barbecue skills to a whole new level? Hold onto your apron strings, we're about to revolutionise the way you season your meals.

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q offers a variety of BBQ rubs, praised for their chunky size and bold flavours, to match different food preferences.
  • The BBQ rubs can be used in various dishes, with popular choices being the Chicken BBQ Rub and Beef BBQ Rub.
  • The rubs are crafted by Chef Paul Lange through extensive experimentation and quality testing, ensuring superior taste and quality.
  • Smokey Q's rubs are versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes available on the platform, enhancing the BBQ experience.
  • Check out our new Food Pairing Menu https://www.smokeyq.com.au/collections/food-matching.


Diving straight into the holy grail, yes it's the brisket, the king of the low and slow. Smokey Q offers a versatile product that's perfect for enhancing this mouth-watering cut of beef with its unique blend of flavours and hand-blended activated charcoal.

Smokey Q's Smokin’ Guns Charcoal Rub is a blend of natural Australian ingredients, including activated charcoal from coconut husks, brown sugar, chilli, and smoked paprika. It's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and doesn't contain MSG. Use it to create a crispy black outer crust on your brisket that's seductively smokey and full of flavour. It's not just about the Charcoal in the Rub, though that's a significant part of the equation. Smokey Q has a range of products on our website designed to take your brisket from ordinary to extraordinary. If you are looking for a bit more kick, our smokey chipotle seasoning is a must-try.

At Smokey Q, we're all about providing quality products that make your BBQ creations sing.


When it comes to beef short ribs, our Beef BBQ Rub truly shines, transforming this rich, meaty cut into a tantalising feast for the senses. This flavourful rub, packed with bold, savoury notes, elevates the taste of the smoked beef short ribs, enhancing its natural flavours and adding an irresistible barbecue spice blend to each juicy bite.

Our beef BBQ rub isn't just any of your regular meat rubs. It's a handcrafted blend of spices designed to complement and highlight the rich, beefy taste of the short ribs. The robust flavour profile of this rub, combined with the slow-cooked, smokey goodness of the ribs, results in a culinary masterpiece that's hard to resist.

What's more, our Beef BBQ Rub contains less sugar than traditional BBQ sauces, ensuring that the true flavours of the meat shine through without being overpowered by sweetness. Simply apply the rub generously, allowing the ribs to marinate and absorb the flavours before cooking. The result? Smoked beef short ribs that are wonderfully tender, deliciously seasoned, and bursting with a rich, smokey barbecue flavour that'll have you coming back for more.


Just as our Beef BBQ Rub works wonders on short ribs, our SPG Blend is the perfect companion for a mouthwatering steak. This blend, made of premium Australian sea salt, garlic, and Szechwan pepper, is one of the finest meat rubs Australia has to offer.

Let's delve into why our SPG blend is a game-changer for your steak:

  1. Flavour Profile: The SPG blend creates a robust and subtle flavour profile that elevates the natural taste of the steak. The blend of sea salt, garlic, and Szechwan pepper adds depth and complexity to the steak, enhancing its flavour.
  2. Versatility: It's not just steak that benefits from this blend. It's a versatile spice rub that works well on various meats and even vegetables.
  3. Customer Satisfaction: Our customers love the chunky flakes and the flavour enhancement they bring to their dishes. It's a staple in their kitchens, and they highly recommend it.
  4. Quality: As always, we're committed to delivering top-quality BBQ rubs. Our SPG blend is no exception.


Let's turn our attention to the star of the show, Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub, a versatile seasoning that adds a burst of flavour to your poultry dishes. This chicken BBQ rub, made in the heart of BBQ rubs Perth, balances zesty sumac notes with fragrant kaffir lime flavours, rendering it ideal for white meats like chicken and duck. Yet, its versatility doesn't stop there, did you know it also enhances the flavour of beef, pork, and fish?

The application is straightforward - just generously sprinkle and massage the meat spice rub into your choice of meat, then refrigerate for optimal flavour absorption. Whether you're grilling or barbecuing, this rub adds depth to your dishes and is a standout among BBQ rubs Australia offers.

Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is not only flavourful but also mindful. It's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and contains no MSG or fillers, only 100% natural ingredients. Plus, it's Australian-owned and made.


Continuing our flavourful journey we turn to lamb, a meat that pairs exceptionally well with Smokey Q's Fierce Bull Coffee Rub. This unique blend, one of the finest meat rubs Perth has to offer, complements the rich and distinctive flavour of lamb, enhancing it with a bold coffee twist.

  1. BBQ Rub Seasoning: The Fierce Bull Coffee Rub isn't your average BBQ spice rub. This blend, with ground coffee beans from Gesha Coffee Co., promises to elevate your lamb dishes to new heights. It creates a dark coffee crust after grilling, locking in flavours and adding a visually appealing finish.
  2. BBQ Spices: Smokey Q's Fierce Bull Coffee Rub is a testament to the versatility of BBQ spices. It's not just for beef and chicken - it works wonders on lamb too!
  3. BBQ Chicken Rub: While we know our Fierce Bull Coffee Rub shines as a BBQ chicken rub, don't hesitate to try it on lamb. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the results!
  4. BBQ Spice Rub: This blend is low in carbohydrates and saturated fat, making it a healthier choice for your BBQ spice rub needs. It's the perfect way to add some bold, savoury flavours to your lamb dishes.


Diving into the depths of flavour, our journey brings us to seafood, a culinary category that is beautifully enhanced by Smokey Q's Zesty Sea Salt Blend. This unique blend, meticulously crafted from native Australian lemon myrtle, chilli, garlic, pepper, sea salt, and lemon zest, has an impressive capacity to transform seafood dishes into gourmet experiences. The lemon myrtle imparts a citrusy, fresh flavour that complements seafood perfectly.

A fantastic accompaniment to grilled fish, it's no surprise our customers rave about the depth of flavour it brings. One particularly praised its use of tempura battered barramundi, exclaiming 'Fish has never tasted so good.' Indeed, the Zesty Sea Salt Blend creates a taste sensation that's both fragrant and zesty, elevating the humble grilled fish to an entirely new level.

What makes this blend even more remarkable is its versatility. Beyond seafood, it's a great addition to meats and veggies, enhancing their flavours and making them shine. It's not just a condiment, it's a culinary tool that adds a fine dining flavour with a simple pinch. So whether you're a seafood lover or just a flavour enthusiast, this blend is a must-have for your pantry.


Savour the succulence of pork ribs as we introduce Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub, a game-changer in the world of BBQs. This BBQ rub is crafted with natural ingredients and the delightful combination of honey and bacon results in a deep, rich, and sweet rub perfect for your pork ribs.

This irresistible honey bacon rub provides a golden seasoning that transcends beyond pork ribs. It's also gluten-free, which is a huge plus for those with dietary restrictions.

Now, let's engage with these four noteworthy features:

  1. Versatility: It's not just for pork ribs, it's exceptional on veggies, roast potatoes, and even popcorn.
  2. Quality: It's made from 100% natural ingredients, no MSG or fillers.
  3. Simplicity: Simply sprinkle generously on meat, let it sit for 30 minutes, then cook or grill to perfection.
  4. Accessibility: This Australian-made, and owned product is available in various sizes.

Trust us, once you've tried Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub, your BBQs will never be the same.

To sweeten the deal, consider pairing your Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub enhanced dishes with Smokey Q's smoked honey, another star product from the range. Its unique taste complements the rub's zesty and fragrant flavours, taking your BBQ experience to the next level.

It's time to elevate your BBQ game.


From pork ribs, let's now turn our attention to another BBQ Favorite - the Tomahawk. This impressive cut of beef requires a special touch, and the right BBQ rub can elevate its flavour to new heights.

Our Original Beef BBQ Rub is an excellent choice for this cut. It's crafted with a unique blend of ingredients, giving it a rich and deep flavour profile that truly complements the meat. This rub is less sweet than traditional BBQ sauces, allowing the natural flavours of the beef to shine through.

When it comes to cooking the Tomahawk, offset with lump charcoal is the way to go with a reverse sear at the end. This method allows the meat to absorb all the flavours of the rub and results in a tender, succulent beef that's a delight to eat. Before you start cooking, be generous with the rub and let the beef sit for at least 30 minutes. This will ensure that every bite is packed with flavour.


Let's pull the lid off another Smokey Q Favorite - the Pulled Pork, which takes on a whole new level of deliciousness when seasoned with our Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub. This BBQ rub infuses the meat with a divine sweetness, balanced by a smokey bacon flavour that'll have your taste buds dancing.

  1. Ingredients: This bacon rub is made with real, natural ingredients, including honey powder and natural bacon flavour. It's gluten-free, making it suitable for all food lovers.
  2. Usage: Ideal for pork ribs, it's not just a meat seasoning. Try it on roast potatoes or even popcorn - it's that versatile!
  3. Instructions: Simply sprinkle generously on your meat, let it absorb the flavours for about 30 minutes, then grill to perfection. Watch as it develops a beautiful golden glaze.
  4. Why Choose: This Australian-made rub is MSG-free and has no fillers - just pure, mouthwatering flavour.

Once you pulled the pork consider pairing your Bull’s head BBQ sauce! Derived from tamarind and with a hint of vinegar, with perfectly balanced sweet and tangy notes we’ve created a rich flavour that we are proud to call our own.


Moving on from our flavourful pulled pork rub, we can't ignore the magic a pinch of our Truffle Salt brings to a classic pasta dish. This luxurious ingredient provides a flavour enhancement that takes your pasta from ordinary to gourmet. It's not just about adding saltiness, it's about introducing a unique, earthy taste that brings out the best in your food.

Our Truffle Salt is a versatile addition to your pantry, just as suitable for steaks, potatoes, and fries as it is for pasta. It's made with local WA truffles and Australian sea salt flakes, ensuring you get a product of the highest quality.

Imagine a steaming plate of spaghetti, laced with a silky sauce, and finished with a sprinkle of our Truffle Salt. The salt reacts with the heat, releasing its intoxicating aroma and infusing the pasta with its rich flavour. This gourmet touch doesn't require any culinary expertise, just a love for good food.

We believe that every dish deserves to taste its best, and with our Truffle Salt, you have a simple, yet powerful tool to enhance your meals, making every bite an experience to savour.


Ever wondered how to get that perfect, crispy pork belly with a rich, smokey flavour? Well, we have some mouthwatering tips for you, using a meat dry rub that's a game-changer.

We're talking about the spicy BBQ rub from the renowned BBQ Rub Australia range. This BBQ spice blend is packed with flavours that will make your pork belly irresistibly delicious and impressively crispy. Here's a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. First, score the skin of your pork belly. This allows the rub to penetrate deeper into the meat, enhancing the flavour.
  2. Next, apply a generous amount of the spicy BBQ rub all over the pork belly. Don't be shy, the more, the merrier.
  3. Let the meat rest for a bit. This allows the flavours to soak in, giving your pork belly a rich, deep taste.
  4. Finally, cook your pork belly slowly on low heat. This ensures that the meat is tender and juicy, while the skin gets that perfect crispiness.

That's it! Now you know how to get that perfect pork belly every time. Enjoy your cooking adventure with our BBQ Rub Australia range!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some Unique Ways to Use Smokey Q Rubs in Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes?

We've found our rubs add a smokey kick to grilled veggies and tofu. Try dusting eggplant slices with our Beef BBQ Rub before roasting or sprinkling our Chicken BBQ Rub over popcorn for a savoury treat.

Can Smokey Q Rubs Be Used in Baking, and if So, What Are Some Recommended Recipes?

Absolutely, we can use Smokey Q rubs in baking. They're fantastic in savoury baked dishes. A Favorite is our veggie-packed BBQ Rub Quiche. It adds a smokey, savoury punch that elevates the dish.

How Can I Use Smokey Q Rubs to Enhance the Flavour of My Homemade Soups and Stews?

We're thrilled you're exploring Smokey Q rubs for your homemade soups and stews! Try adding our Beef BBQ Rub to a hearty beef stew or Chicken BBQ Rub in a comforting chicken soup for an extra flavour kick.

Are There Any Smokey Q Rubs That Are Particularly Well-Suited to Breakfast Dishes?

Absolutely, we've got Smokey Q rubs perfect for breakfast dishes. Our rubs can add a delightful twist to scrambled eggs, bacon, or even your morning toast. They'll certainly spice up your breakfast routine.

What Are Some Non-Traditional or Unexpected Food Pairings That Work Well With Smokey Q Rubs?

We've found our rubs to be incredibly versatile. They pair well with popcorn for a spicy twist or even mixed into a Bloody Mary for an unexpected, savoury kick. It's all about experimenting with flavours.


Well, folks, this is it - the end of our flavourful journey together. Make sure you take a look at our new food pairing menu https://www.smokeyq.com.au/collections/food-matching

We've traversed the smokey depths of brisket, soared high with chicken, and even danced a tango with pasta. So, next time you're in the kitchen, wielding our rubs like a seasoned maestro, remember it's not just about the food, it's about the symphony of flavours. And trust us, once you've experienced this culinary concert, there's no going back to plain old salt and pepper.

Best Chicken BBQ Rub - SmokeyQ

Best Chicken BBQ Rub

As Australians we gather around the barbecue, the tantalising aroma of sizzling barbecue fills the air, and our taste buds tingle with anticipation. But what truly sets apart a good chicken barbecue from an unforgettable one?

It all comes down to the rub. That magical blend of spices and herbs transforms a simple piece of chicken into a flavour packed masterpiece. Today, we invite you to join us on a journey through the world of Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub. From the secret ingredients that make it truly special to the countless ways it can elevate your dishes, we'll uncover the key to unlocking a world of barbecue bliss. So, grab your tongs and prepare to discover a culinary adventure that will leave you craving more.

Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is highly recommended for use on any meat.
  • Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is versatile and can be used for sausages, steaks, marinades, and even as a Seafood seasoning.
  • Customers have praised the perfect spice level of our Chicken BBQ Rub.

Ingredients for Chicken BBQ Rub

To create a delicious and flavourful Chicken BBQ Rub, you can gather some of the following ingredients and prepare for a mouthwatering seasoning experience. Our BBQ chicken rub recipe includes natural ingredients like WA lake salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary.

These ingredients come together to make a well-balanced and aromatic spice rub that will elevate the taste of your chicken. It's the perfect chicken rub for BBQ enthusiasts who want to add a burst of flavour to their dishes. Our chicken rub seasoning can also be used on pork,seafood, burgers, and lamb, making it a versatile addition to your spice collection.

Benefits of Using Chicken BBQ Rub

After learning about the ingredients needed to create a delicious Chicken BBQ Rub, let's explore the benefits of using this flavourful seasoning on your chicken dishes. Using a chicken BBQ rub can elevate the taste of your BBQed or roasted chicken to new heights. The combination of spices and seasonings in the rub adds depth and complexity to the flavour profile of the chicken. It helps to tenderise the meat, making it juicy and succulent. The BBQ rub also forms a crust on the outside of the chicken, creating a delicious caramelised texture. Most importantly the Smokey Q Chicken Rub assists the chicken from drying out during cooking, ensuring a moist and flavourful result. So, whether you're BBQing, roasting, or smoking your chicken, using a chicken BBQ rub will take your dish to the next level.

Tips for Applying Chicken BBQ Rub

When applying a chicken BBQ rub, it's important to ensure that the flavours are evenly distributed and that the rub adheres to the chicken for maximum taste and tenderness. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the best results:

  1. Pat or Massage the rub into the chicken: Using your hands, work the dry rub into the chicken, making sure to cover every inch of the meat. This will help the flavours penetrate the chicken and create a delicious crust.
  2. Let it rest: After applying the rub, let the chicken rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the spices to meld with the meat and enhances the overall flavour.
  3. Don't be afraid to be generous: Use as much or as little of the rub as you prefer. If you like a bold flavour, don't hesitate to apply a generous amount. Just be sure to maintain a balance, so the flavours don't overpower the natural taste of the chicken.

Different Variations of a Chicken BBQ Rub

Now that you know the tips for applying a chicken BBQ rub, let's explore the different variations of a chicken BBQ rub that you can try to enhance the flavour of your BBQed chicken.

Here are five delicious variations for homemade chicken BBQ rubs that will take your BBQ chicken to the next level:

Rub Variation


BBQ Chicken Rub Recipe

Salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary

BBQ Chicken Dry Rub

Chilli powder, brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper

Chicken Rub BBQ Recipe

Smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black pepper

BBQ Chicken Rub for Smoking

Brown sugar, salt, paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper

BBQ Chicken Rub for Oven

Paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, dried thyme

These variations offer a range of flavours, from sweet and smokey to spicy and savoury. Feel free to customise the recipes to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with different combinations of spices to create your signature chicken BBQ rub or simply get the best Chicken BBQ rub from Smokey Q.

Cooking Techniques for Chicken Seasoned with BBQ Rub

To achieve the most flavourful and succulent chicken, it is essential to master the cooking techniques for chicken seasoned with BBQ rub. Here are three techniques that will elevate your chicken to new levels of deliciousness:

  1. Direct BBQing: Place the seasoned chicken directly over the heat source on a preheated BBQ. This method results in a crispy exterior and juicy interior, with the BBQ rub creating a flavourful crust.
  2. Indirect BBQing: For larger cuts of chicken, such as whole chickens or chicken thighs, indirect BBQing is the way to go. This involves placing the chicken away from the heat source and cooking it slowly over indirect heat. The BBQ rub will infuse the chicken with a smokey flavour while keeping it tender and moist.
  3. Smoking: For the ultimate BBQ experience, try smoking your chicken. This involves cooking the chicken in a smoker at a low temperature for an extended period. The BBQ rub will penetrate the meat, creating a rich and smokey flavour that is sure to impress.

Mastering these cooking techniques will ensure that your chicken seasoned with BBQ rub is always a crowd-pleaser. So, fire up the BBQ, get creative with your flavours, and enjoy the mouthwatering results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on Other Types of Meat?

Sure! Our Chicken BBQ Rub is so versatile, it can elevate the flavours of any type of meat. Whether it's beef, pork, vegetables or even seafood, this rub will add that perfect smokey and savoury touch to your dishes. Give it a try!

How Long Should I Let the Chicken BBQ Rub Marinate on the Chicken?

We recommend marinating the chicken with the BBQ rub for at least hour to allow the flavours to penetrate the meat. However, for maximum flavour, overnight marination is ideal.

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on Vegetables?

Yes, you can definitely use the chicken BBQ rub on vegetables! It adds a delicious flavour and enhances the taste of BBQed or roasted veggies. Just sprinkle it on before cooking for a mouthwatering result.

Is Chicken BBQ Rub Spicy?

No, our Chicken BBQ Rub has a perfect spice level. It adds a flavourful kick without being too spicy. It's great for seasoning chicken, but also works well on other meats and even vegetables.This is the best rub for kids as its not spicy, Some of our friends kids will not eat chicken without Smokey Q Chicken rub on it !

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on BBQ’d Chicken or Does It Only Work for Smoked Chicken?

Yes, you can use our Chicken BBQ Rub on BBQ’d chicken, smoked chicken or even other proteins. It adds delicious flavour to both cooking methods. Try it and enjoy the mouthwatering taste it brings to your chicken dishes!


Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is the ultimate game-changer for your chicken dishes. With its carefully crafted blend of spices and herbs, it adds a mouthwatering flavour that will have your guests coming back for more. Whether you're Hot and Fast BBQ’ing, Low and Slow Smoking, or Roasting, make sure to grab some of Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ.

Award Winning BBQ Rubs, Sauces and Salts - SmokeyQ

Award Winning BBQ Rubs, Sauces and Salts

As the saying goes, 'the secret is in the sauce,' but at Smokey Q we’d argue it's not just the sauce, but the rubs and salts too, that transform good BBQ into award-winning BBQ. We've spent years perfecting our recipes, and the results are an award winning collection of rubs, sauces, and salts that have garnered accolades and praise from professional chefs and home cooks alike. These aren't just any seasonings, they're a ticket to an entirely new level of flavour. But what makes them so special, and how can you use them to their full potential? Stick around, we're about to spill the beans on our secret to success.

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q is an Australian company that is dedicated to inspiring chefs and bringing out the best flavours in BBQ meat using the finest Australian ingredients.
  • Their products are hand-blended and packaged, gluten-free, and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and fillers.
  • The founder, Paul, was inspired by the flavours of Southern-State American BBQ and started Smokey Q to develop premium quality BBQ rubs.
  • Smokey Q has grown from strength to strength, now offering over 25 dry rubs, salt blends, and sauces, and has received recognition and awards for its excellence in the industry.

Award Winning BBQ Rubs

At Smokey Q, we take immense pride in our award-winning BBQ rubs, meticulously blended with the finest Australian ingredients to elevate your BBQ experience to a whole new level. Our founder and chef, Paul Lange, has developed some of the best BBQ rubs in the world. We're not just about flavour, we're about creating a healthier BBQ experience. Our BBQ rub seasoning contains no MSG, is gluten-free, and is made from all-natural ingredients. We've taken the time to perfect our BBQ spice rub, ensuring it provides a perfectly balanced flavour profile. Our rubs are more than just seasonings; they enhance texture and infuse meat with a depth of flavour that's unmatched. With Smokey Q, you're not just BBQing, you're crafting culinary masterpieces.

Exploration of the best BBQ Sauces

While our BBQ rubs have garnered acclaim, we're equally excited about our range of BBQ sauces that burst with unique, bold flavours and offer health-conscious options for any dish. Our exploration of top BBQ sauces has resulted in an array of options that will elevate your culinary creations.

  • Bulls Head BBQ: A multi-award winner with a 5.0 rating, this BBQ smokey sauce is a crowd pleaser.
  • Bulls Head BBQ Sriracha: The Hot Twin to our signature Bull’s Head BBQ Sauce, featuring the iconic flavour of Sriracha (that goes well on pretty much everything), you’ll be inviting this saucy little number back to your place in a heartbeat.
  • Burnt Bees Smoked honey: Sourced from local Western Australian beekeepers and smoked using Redgum wood chips, this Smokey, sweet, sensational honey is perfect for glazing meats.
  • Health and quality:
    • Gluten-free and MSG-free, our BBQ sauces align with health-conscious diets.
    • Handmade in Australia, our sauces are a testament to the best BBQ rubs Australia offers.

Unleashing Flavour With our Salt Blends

Diving into the world of BBQ salts, we're thrilled to share how these unique blends can dramatically enhance the flavour of your culinary creations. These BBQ salts, hand-blended with all-natural ingredients, are the secret weapon for unleashing flavour with BBQ salts. They're not just for BBQ rubs or spice blends, but can also elevate the taste of any dish. Each salt mix from the SPG (Salt Pepper Garlic) blend to the zesty salt, is designed to highlight specific flavours, making your barbecue spice blend truly shine. Just a pinch can bring out the best in your meats and veggies. Remember, BBQ salts aren't just alternatives to table salt, they're an upgrade, providing a depth of flavour that's sure to impress at your next BBQ.

Pairing Guide for BBQ Seasonings

After exploring the unique power of BBQ salts in enhancing flavours, let's now guide you through the perfect pairings of BBQ seasonings for various dishes. Our pairing guide for BBQ seasonings will enhance your culinary skills and elevate your BBQ experience.

Impact of Quality Ingredients on Taste

When it comes to barbecuing, the quality of ingredients we use can significantly impact the taste of our dishes. Award-winning BBQ rubs and sauces are crafted with quality ingredients, ensuring a superior taste. The BBQ rub sauce, for instance, can transform a typical dish into a delicacy when it's made with premium spices. Don't underestimate the role of BBQ spices in the mix. They can provide depth and complexity to the flavours. The impact of quality ingredients on taste is undeniable. For a memorable BBQ, it's worth investing in quality rubs. From your spices and rubs to your sauces, each component plays a crucial role in creating that perfect BBQ flavour we all know and love.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Process Behind Creating Smokey Q's Unique BBQ Rubs and Sauces?

We're dedicated to crafting unique BBQ rubs and sauces at Smokey Q. Our process involves hand-blending Australian ingredients, experimenting with bold flavours, and ensuring our products exceed others on the market, all while being gluten and MSG-free.

How Does Smokey Q Ensure the Quality and Consistency of Their Products?

We ensure our product's quality and consistency through rigorous testing and hand blending. We're sticklers for detail, believing 'the devil's in the details'. No MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or fillers are in our products. It's all 100% Australian.

Are There Any Allergen Warnings Associated With Smokey Q's BBQ Rubs, Sauces, and Salts?

We're proud to say our BBQ rubs, sauces, and salts are hand-blended and completely gluten-free. They contain no MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or fillers. However, we always recommend checking individual product labels for specific allergen information.

How Can I Use Smokey Q's Products to Enhance My Own BBQ Recipes at Home?

We've crafted our products to easily enhance your BBQ recipes. Just sprinkle our rubs, drizzle our sauces, or season with our salts. They'll intensify flavours, creating a memorable meal that we're sure you'll love.

Does Smokey Q Offer Any Resources or Guides for Using Their Various BBQ Seasonings, Salts, and Sauces?

We sure do! We provide easy-to-follow recipes on our site that highlight how to use our BBQ seasonings, salts, and sauces. We're all about inspiring the chef within everyone, so give 'em a try!


As we wrap up our BBQ journey, we can't help but marvel at the magic of rubs, sauces, and salts. They're not just seasoning, they're little flavour wizards, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. It's clear, that good ingredients do make a difference - they're the soul of our creations. So here's to the joy of BBQ, the thrill of discovery and the endless possibilities of flavour. Keep exploring, keep tasting, and most importantly, keep the flames of your culinary passion burning bright.

BBQ Rub Recipe - SmokeyQ

BBQ Rub Recipe

We've been on a quest to master the perfect BBQ rub, and now we're thrilled to share our secret recipe with you. Our blend of spices will transform your meats into a smoky delight, infusing every bite with robust flavour. Join us as we dive into the art of the rub, and let's make your next BBQ unforgettable. It's time to add some serious zest to your grilling game—let's get started! 

BBQ Rub Recipe

Key Takeaways 

  • Smokey Q is a Western Australian company that aims to inspire chefs by using the finest Australian ingredients to bring out the best flavours in BBQ meat. 
  • Their products are hand-blended, gluten-free, and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fillers. 
  • The founder, Paul, was inspired by the flavours of Southern-State American BBQ during his honeymoon in Vietnam and started Smokey Q after experimenting with different flavour profiles. 
  • Smokey Q has grown from initially launching 5 products to now offering over 25 dry rubs, salt blends, sauces, and more. 

Best BBQ Rub 

While we've explored a variety of BBQ rubs, it's clear that the best ones strike a perfect balance between sweet, spicy, salty, and savoury notes. Our best BBQ rub in Australia embodies this harmony. We've nailed it with our Smokey Q beef rub, rib rub, and BBQ chicken rub, each bursting with Smokey Q seasonings. They're the robust heart of BBQ rubs Down Under. 

Smokey Q Owner Paul

Balancing Sweet and Savory 

At Smokey Q, we've discovered that a successful BBQ rub needs a careful mix of sweet and savoury elements to truly enhance the flavours of the meat. Below we’ve listed our favourite Smokey Q, Sweet, Savoury and choice proteins: 



Different Protein’s 

Smoked Honey 

SPG Salt Blend 

Thor's Hammer 

Bull Head BBQ Sauce 

Fierce Bull Coffee Rub 


Honey & Bacon Rub 

Smokin’ Guns Charcoal Rub 

Boston Butt 

Finding the right balance leads us straight to the importance of salt. 

The Importance of Salt 

In creating our BBQ rub recipe, we recognise that the right amount of salt is crucial for bringing out the natural flavours of the meat. Salt's magic transforms BBQ sessions into a feast for the senses. It's the backbone of our BBQ rub, enhancing every other spice we toss in. Now, let's dive into customising this savoury concoction for various meats. 

Customising for Meat Types 

Considering the unique textures and flavours of different meats, we're tailoring our BBQ rub to complement each variety perfectly. For beef's boldness, we've got a hearty, peppery batch. Poultry? A herby, citrus-infused mix lifts it right up. And for pork's sweet tenderness, a touch of brown sugar and a whisper of heat. Each rub is crafted to elevate, not overpower, the natural goodness of the meat. 

Rub Preparation and Storage 

Every BBQ rub we make has its unique blend of spices and requires proper preparation and storage to maintain its peak flavour and freshness. We meticulously mix our spices in batches to ensure consistency. Once ready, we store them in airtight containers, away from heat and light. This keeps our rubs bold and robust, ready to transform your next BBQ masterpiece. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Use a BBQ Rub on Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes, and if So, Which Vegetables or Plant-Based Proteins Work Best with These Flavours? 

We absolutely can sprinkle our BBQ rub on vegan dishes! Eggplants, portobello mushrooms, and tofu soak up those smokey flavours beautifully, making for a deliciously robust plant-based feast. 

Are There Any Health Benefits or Dietary Considerations to Be Aware of When Frequently Using BBQ Rubs in Cooking? 

We're mindful that frequent use of BBQ rubs can mean more salt and spice intake. It's important to balance them with other healthful ingredients to ensure a nutritious and delicious meal. 

How Can I Adjust BBQ Rub Recipes for Dietary Restrictions, Such as Low Sodium or Sugar-Free Diets? 

We've found that tweaking our BBQ rubs for dietary needs is simple. We'll reduce salt for low-sodium diets and swap in sugar alternatives for a sugar-free version, keeping the flavour bold and satisfying. 

What Are Some Unconventional Uses for BBQ Rubs Outside of Grilling and Smoking Meats? 

We've discovered that BBQ rubs can elevate popcorn, and roasted nuts, and even add a kick to Bloody Marys. They're not just for meats, they're versatile flavour powerhouses for all sorts of culinary adventures. 

Can BBQ Rubs Be Used in Conjunction with Marinades or Should They Be Used Independently for Optimal Flavour? 

We often mix BBQ rubs with marinades for a flavour-packed punch. It's about layering tastes, not choosing one over the other both methods can coexist to elevate the dish to mouthwatering perfection. 


We've laid out our secrets, now it's your turn to bring the magic to life. Massage our Smokey Q rub into your meats, let the flavours meld, and watch as your BBQ transforms into legend. Remember, in a recipe, balance is key, and a personal twist is encouraged. Store it right, and it'll be your flavour sidekick for grills to come. So, gather around the flames, mates, and let's make every bite a testament to the craft. Grill on! 

Exploring the Brilliance of a Good BBQ Sauce - SmokeyQ

Exploring the Brilliance of a Good BBQ Sauce

At Smokey Q, we are obsessed with BBQ Flavours.

After thousands of grilling hours, we've uncovered the magic of a sublime BBQ sauce. It's not just a condiment, it's a game changer, transforming simple meats into culinary masterpieces. In this blog, we are going to deep dive into the world of BBQ sauces, their history, variations, creation, and taste.

Whether you're a BBQ rookie or a pitmaster, we've got some Smokey secrets to share. Join us as we explore the brilliance of a good BBQ sauce. 

Unveiling the BBQ Sauce Phenomenon 

Why do we as taste enthusiasts find the phenomenon of BBQ sauce so mesmerising? It's the symphony of flavours that BBQ rubs from Australia bring. Each BBQ bite, whether it's our Smokey Q Bulls Head or Cold Smoked honey, is elevated by Mr Q's (Our owner Paul Lange!) signature Smokey Q flavour. Try chilli salt to add a kick, while the rib rub seals the deal. Truly, this trio of Sauces, Rubs and Blends is an experience that will lift any meal. 

The Art of Crafting BBQ Sauce 

Diving into the art of crafting BBQ sauce, we find it's not just about mixing ingredients, but a meticulous process that involves balancing flavours to achieve a sauce that enhances, rather than overshadows, the taste of the meat. 


Role in BBQ Sauce 


Base flavour 


Adds tanginess 


Balances acidity 


Adds depth 


We're passionate about creating BBQ sauces that delight the senses and elevate your BBQ dishes. 

Deciphering BBQ Sauce Flavours 

Let's break down the complex flavours of BBQ sauce to truly understand what makes it such a beloved condiment. If you make your own you will find sweetness usually from molasses or brown sugar, providing a sticky, caramel note. Vinegar adds tanginess, balancing the sweetness, while tomato lends a fruity acidity. Various spices, such as paprika, mustard, and black pepper, inject warmth and depth. Each ingredient contributes, creating a symphony of flavours in every drop. 

Health Benefits of BBQ Sauce 

While many might not associate BBQ sauce with health benefits, we've found that it can contribute positively to your diet in several ways. 

  1. It's rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes. 
  1. Many sauces contain capsaicin from chilli peppers, which has metabolism-boosting properties. 
  1. They also often include spices like garlic and onion, known for their immune-boosting effects. 

Versatility of BBQ Sauce in Dishes 

We're going to unveil the versatility of BBQ sauce in enhancing a wide range of dishes, transforming even the simplest meals into culinary delights. From grilled chicken to juicy burgers, tangy pulled pork to Smokey ribs, the BBQ sauce enlivens them all. It's not just for grilling, though. Stir it into baked beans, slather it on pizza, or mix it into a dip. The possibilities are endless, and we’d love to see how you use it! 


Frequently Asked Questions

How Has the BBQ Sauce Evolved Over the Years and What Are Some of the Unique Variations Available Today? 

We've seen BBQ sauce evolve from basic blends to complex flavours, incorporating unique elements like smoked honey or spicy Sriracha. Today's variations offer a balance of sweet, tangy, Smokey, and spicy notes, delighting every palate. 

What Are the Key Factors to Look for When Choosing a BBQ Sauce? 

When we're choosing a BBQ sauce, we seek bold flavours that balance sweetness and tanginess. A good sauce should also have natural, gluten-free, and MSG-free ingredients. It's all about enhancing, not masking, our food's taste. We have also taken into consideration the consistency of the sauce many BBQ sauces are too thin and just don’t work when basting meats, we have crafted ours a lot thicker than others for this reason. 

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used in Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes? 

You can use all of Smokey Q’s BBQ rubs and sauces in vegetarian or vegan dishes. It adds a Smokey, tangy kick to veggies, tofu, and plant-based proteins. All our products are allergen and vegan-friendly, so everyone can enjoy the BBQ goodness! 

What Is the Shelf Life of BBQ Sauce and How Should It Be Stored? 

Like a fine wine, BBQ sauce doesn't spoil quickly. We recommend storing it in a cool, dark place, sealed tightly. Unopened, it'll last up to 2 years. Once opened, refrigerate and use within the best-before date on the bottle. 



We've journeyed far and wide across the saucy realm of BBQ, from its Smokey origins to the tangy fusion in dishes.  

Like a trusty compass in a BBQ adventure, a good sauce always points to flavour. So, here's to the brilliance of Smokey Q’s BBQ sauce, the unsung hero of the grill.  

Grab yourself some and explore, experiment, and most importantly, savour every drop. 

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