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Australian BBQ Adventures: The Quest for the Ultimate BBQ Rub

We're on a tasty mission across Australia, hunting for the best combination of flavours for the ultimate BBQ rub. We're convinced the secret to sublime BBQ lies in the perfect blend of spices, creating a symphony of taste. 

We'll dive into local culinary traditions, experiment with unique spices, and always be ready to fire up the grill. Join us on our 'Australian BBQ Adventures: The Quest for the Ultimate BBQ Rub'. 

Let's discover the spirit of Aussie BBQs together. Let's get cooking! 

Key Takeaways

  • Chef Paul Lange founded Smokey Q to create quality Australian-made spice and rub combinations. 
  • Smokey Q products are known for their bold flavours and perfectly balanced sweet-hot, salty-savory profiles. 
  • The company's mission is to inspire the chef within you and help to create the absolute best BBQ dishes. 
  • Smokey Q flavours will have your guests commenting you are a pit master in no time. 
  • Smokey Q products can be found in various retailers nationwide, including Coles, Costco and Woolworths across Australia. 

BBQ rubs 

The simple secret to a great Australian BBQ lies in Smokey Q’s BBQ rubs and sauces that we have created tirelessly and are brimming with bold flavours and perfectly balanced profiles. These aren't just any meat rubs, but the best BBQ rub you can get your hands on in Australia. 

Each rub is a symphony of spices, handpicked for their unique ability to enhance the natural flavours of the meat. We've spent countless hours perfecting these blends, aiming to create a sensory experience that takes your BBQ to the next level. 

Whether you're grilling up a storm on a sunny afternoon or slow cooking on a chilly evening, our BBQ rubs are the secret ingredient that'll make your taste buds dance. Trust us, it's the Australian way to BBQ! 

Meat rubs 

In Smokey Q’s quest for the ultimate BBQ rub, we've discovered that the world of meat rubs is as diverse and exciting as Australia itself. From the spicy kick of a cayenne pepper blend to the sweet and smoky allure of a brown sugar and paprika mix, there's a rub to suit every BBQ enthusiast's palate. 

Let's look at some of our favourite meat rub combinations:


Best For 

Original BBQ 

Beef and Ribs 

Sweet Hog Honey 

Pork and fish 

Zesty Salt Blend 

Seafood and veggies 

Bulls Head BBQ Sauce 

Everything From Steak to Pulled Pork! 


Best BBQ rub 

After trying a myriad of different combinations, we've found that the best BBQ rub not only enhances the flavour of the meat, but also creates a caramelised crust, or 'bark', that's simply irresistible. 

Top Picks by Protein: 

  • BRISKET: Outstanding coffee flavours aren’t only for your morning espresso. Pack a fierce punch and charge straight to the ‘Q with our Fierce Bull Coffee Rub. 
  • Made using ground coffee beans from Fremantle’s own Gesha Coffee Co., this strong, complex coffee dry rub is packed with deep, bold flavours, hitting fine coffee notes that add a new game changing dimension to your BBQ potential. 

Other contenders: 

  • PULLED PORK: Want your Boston Butt to be amazing? Here’s a secret, rub the Sweet Hog Honey and Bacon rub together with our Rib. Watch your guest's face. 
  • CHICKEN WINGS: Our Ghost Chilli BBQ Rub is perfect for wings being an impressive combo of heat and flavour. Sprinkle it generously for a burst of smoky, spicy flavour that will have your taste buds dancing.  

There's a world of BBQ rubs out there to explore, so don't be afraid to experiment! 

BBQ Rub Australia 

Over a decade ago, we started our journey towards creating the perfect BBQ rub, and since then, we've discovered that Australia presents its unique challenges and opportunities in this pursuit. The diverse range of local ingredients has given us the chance to craft an exceptional BBQ rub that stands out from the rest. 

Here's a sneak peek into our process: 





Australian Sea Salt 

Enhances the meat's natural flavours 


Native Spices 

Adds a uniquely Australian touch 


Smoked Paprika 

Gives a smoky, robust depth 


Brown Sugar 

Balances the heat and smoke with sweetness 


Black Pepper 

Provides a kick of spiciness 

We believe we've developed a BBQ rub that captures the spirit of Australia – a blend of traditional and exotic, with a bold, adventurous flavour that's hard to resist. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Is the History Behind the Creation of Smokey Q Rubs? 

We're passionate about BBQ! Our journey began when Chef Paul Lange identified a need for top-quality, Australian-made spice and rub blends. We're now crafting superior products with bold, balanced flavours to elevate your BBQ experience. 

Are Smokey Q Products Available for Purchase Outside of Australia? 

Yes, we're thrilled to share that our Smokey Q products are available for purchase worldwide! We've expanded our reach beyond Australia, bringing our unique, bold flavours to BBQ enthusiasts around the globe. Always check out our website. 

How Does the Flavour Profile of Smokey Q Rubs Enhance the Taste of BBQ Meats? 

We're passionate about our Smokey Q rubs! They pack a punch with bold flavours, balancing sweet and spicy, salty, and savoury. They're not just rubs, they're game changers, elevating your BBQ meats to delicious new heights. 

Can Smokey Q Rubs Be Used for Other Cooking Methods Apart From BBQ? 

Absolutely! We're not just about BBQ. Our rubs can be used in baking, grilling, roasting, and even in cocktails. We're passionate about flavour and believe our rubs can elevate any cooking method. 

What Are Some Unique Recipes That Utilize the Smokey Q Rubs? 

We're thrilled you asked! We've crafted unique recipes using our rubs, like our Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger, Beef & Vegetable Skewers, and Chicken Pasta Bake. They're a flavourful twist on traditional dishes. Enjoy! 


We've journeyed far and wide across the sun-kissed Aussie outback, tasting over 100 unique rubs. Imagine that, over 100 different tastes of spice and smoky goodness! 

We've seen first-hand the power of the right rub, turning simple meat into a flavour festival. 

This journey has only deepened our love for BBQ, and our quest continues. As we say in Australia, 'Throw another shrimp on the barbie!' 

Stay tuned for our next delicious adventure.