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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!