My first impression of the rubs from Hey Grill Hey was opening the case of the “Sweet” rub. After seeing crazy label after crazy label, this was solid black with just the word sweet on it, a very different surprise. I personally like very minimalistic designs, but you don’t see that often on BBQ rubs. I think the nutrient facts and the ingredients list was too small for a normal-sized bottle of rub; I usually see this size font on the 6oz bottles, not 12oz.
As I always do, I popped one open and did a smell test and thought, wow, it smells…. fresh. Not that rubs smell stale or old, but they smell like dehydrated spices like they should. The finger test immediately took my mind to some pork spare ribs and adding a very light glaze of some raspberry chipotle bbq sauce (remind me to do that!). I happened to have some friends coming over to taste test 3 different rubs on baby backs, so I decided to kick one of the other rubs off and put this one in. It got a VERY close second. But this review isn’t about ribs.
Let’s get on to those pork butt pics!