The first bbq rub I’ll review in the Code 3 line is called 5 – 0 Rub. This spice mix is the ‘middle of the road’ entry in the trio of new-to-the-market rubs created by Mike Radosevich and Chris Bohnemeier.
Label: Nice, crisp label. A strong pig wearing a police uniform while holding a bbq fork framed in flames pops from the clean, white background. I can barely see the ‘award winning’ verbiage…this might need to be moved or perhaps the font/color changes. Overall, one of my favorite labels.
Taste From The Bottle: Initially, sweet and salty with a touch of cumin and chili powder. After a few seconds, the heat creeps in. Whoa! This has quite a bit of heat on the back-end! I like the range of flavors. The texture isn’t powdery…it’s a little more granular.
Taste On Meat: I tried this on chicken legs, pork chops and steak. Of these quick-cooking meats, it worked best on chicken. The texture didn’t quite break-down during the quick-cooks. But how would it taste on a longer cooking meat? Let’s fire up a fatty eh?
Taste on Meat 2: Hello! I think we have a winner! The texture broke-down to form a beautiful, tasty bark on the longer-cooking fatty. The sugar and salt melted while the chili flavors mellowed to form an amazingly delicius crust. OK, I can see why these guys have won awards with this rub.
Overall Impressions: I was very happy with this rub. Initially, it was a little spicy but mixed with a little smoke and a little fire, it transformed into a wonderfully flavorful seasoning. If you are looking for a good, overall rub, buying Code 3 Spices 5 – 0 Rub is an excellent choice. Given that at least 10% of each sale goes towards organizations that support police, fire, medical and military personnel, I strongly suggest visiting their website and making a purchase.