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#RubXperiment: Memphis Dust 3 Ways - Made with Penzey's, Sam's Club & Regal Spices

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  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1424
    • Charlotte, NC

    Gotcha. Just curious. Your Q looks amazing! I'm going to get the Jambo some day!


    • Meathead
      BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
      • May 2014
      • 1133
      • Chicago area
      • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen

      Very cool stuff! I am a HUGE fan of Penzeys and recommend them in several places on the site. Their cinnamons are a revelation.


      • Doc Hazard
        Charter Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 89
        • Houston, TX, and Maui, HI
        • Doc Hazard aka "Jim"
          PBC, small charcoal grill
          Houston, TX & Maui, HI

        Nice experiment; thanks for the work. I've been a pretty loyal fan of Penzeys in the past, especially as they have a store fairly near by. It's hard to go in and browse and not drop close to 3 figures! Lately I've had very good experience with the online MySpiceSage. Free shipping, and a huge selection. For one thing, they have ground versions of spices (S&G mix) and chili peppers (American chile powder) that Penzeys does not. That's why I first went there, and I've stayed. Very convenient; prices are lower than Penzeys; quality and freshness seem very good, and if you really want to, you can get very large volumes, like pounds. I think they must sell to commercial rub companies, probably their main business. So that is one more source to add to your comparison.


        • PaulstheRibList
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          I'm buying some MySpiceSage stuff right now! #RestockingFun
      • RichBrew
        Club Member
        • Feb 2016
        • 59
        • Buford GA

        I'm really glad you posted this! Its just about time to make batches of a couple rubs, and this reminded me that I got a Penzeys gift card for Christmas! I'm even more excited to try them now!


        • vandy
          Club Member
          • Aug 2015
          • 611
          • Olive Branch, MS

          Thanks for sharing this, the only bad thing is I just dropped about 60 bucks on some Penzeys spices. Oh well! I just hope it makes a difference in my meat.


        • vandy
          Club Member
          • Aug 2015
          • 611
          • Olive Branch, MS

          I think you may be right DW are we sure that was an experiment or an advertisement! LOL! Just kidding, I hope the new spices are as good as advertised.


          • Mitrakas
            Former Member
            • Jun 2016
            • 109
            • Marlboro, MA

            Penzeys is the bomb, great find. If you get on their email list they will periodically have some great deals such as free shipping with $20 orders, or throw in freebies with your order. And pricing is not bad if you can buy in any quantity that allows a purchase in bags instead of the smaller glass containers. Their quality makes a difference in whatever you are cooking.


            • vandy
              Club Member
              • Aug 2015
              • 611
              • Olive Branch, MS

              I think I have said this before but I don't mind paying for quality. It does bear repeating though, quality outweighs price anytime with me.


              • GadjetGriller
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                • Dec 2015
                • 730
                • Lubbock tx
                • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

                Dang you guys!! I get my herbs and spices from Sprouts Bulk section (I buy whole when I can and use the coffee grinder to grind em fresh) but now you introduce me to "Penzies" Now I'm wondering are they really that much better??? You guys are great at spending my money!! (yeah twist my arm a little harder lol)
                Last edited by GadjetGriller; June 6th, 2016, 01:57 PM. Reason: cant spell until after I post stuff


                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  Compare any cinnamon from Penzeys with a similar cinnamon from anywhere else. Make sure to compare like to like... cassia to cassia, "true" cinnamon to "true" cinnamon. Not too expensive to do a comparison on one spice.

                • GadjetGriller
                  GadjetGriller commented
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                  Good Idea Potkettleblack Love me some Vietnamese Cinnamon!! Can never have enough of that!!
              • Munch
                Charter Member
                • Jun 2015
                • 130
                • Weber Genesis Silver B Weber Kettle 22 Weber Rotisserie Pit Barrel Cooker Version 2.0 Slow N Sear Thermoworks DOT Thermoworks RT600C Thermoworks Timestick

                www.spicesinc.com is where I buy my spices. I get my cinnamon from www.spicejungle.com. If you spend more for your spices, you'll have less to spend on meat, charcoal, accessories (like Slow n Sears), adult beverages, etc. 😉
                Last edited by Munch; June 6th, 2016, 08:30 PM.


                • PaulstheRibList
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                    Fabulous Backlit Thermapens, several Maverick Remote Thermometers (don't use any remotes anymore), Thermoworks Smoke, Other Thermoworks toys, Vacuum sealer, lots and lots of equipment...

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                  Picking this thread back up...RubExperiemnt continues!

                  My daughters make our rub most of the time. They really good at it by now! One time, about a year ago, they did something wrong, and the rub, Memphis Dust, was quite a bit spicier. We liked it! But I really wasn't sure what they did differently? So, I'm trying to replicate what they might have done wrong: Replacing the Sweet Hungarian Paprika with 1.) Spanish Smoked, or 2.) Hungarian Half-Sharp, both of which I had in our big box of Penzey's spices. Or, 3.) they may have added some Chipolte in the MD. We use Chipolte in the BBBR; maybe they got confused? Then for 4.) We combined some Cherry from Simply Marvelous with MD. I ran out of ribs and did not cook a control group of just MD. Oh well.

                  Did I mention my brother in law helped me with these, and he took to hart my statement that I like a heavy rub! That's even heavier than I put on top, normally. It will work great for our RubXperiment, however.
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                  Right before we pulled them. As you can see, the Jambo is a little hotter right by the collection pipe, and that rub is a little darker.
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                  It's Patriotic Season at my house, so the American Flag plates are all the rage! The 4 Rib Layout, with A B C D all marked out.
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                  And the aftermath... By the time everyone was hungry, the ribs could have used a little more time to get to our Tug-Off-The-Bone doneness. But, the fam was hungry, so off they came. I'd say this doneness was just what you need for a KCBS contest.
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                  Ok, before I tell you the results, I'll take your guesses at the differences and the favorite!


                  • Nate
                    Nate commented
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                    I'm guessing chipotle
                • RonB
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 10694
                  • Near Richmond VA
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe
                    Pizza insert
                    Smokenator 1000
                    Cookshack Smokette Elite
                    2 Thermapens
                    lots of probes.

                  Thanx for doing this Paul - very informative. I'm not surprised that a company that specializes in spices had a better product than a company that has spices as just a very small part of a very large product line.

                  However, there are a number of companies that specialize in spices, and some are less expensive than Penzeys...


                  And there are more.
                  Last edited by RonB; July 25th, 2017, 07:37 AM.




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