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Creative Ways to Use BBQ Sauce in Cooking - SmokeyQ

Creative Ways to Use BBQ Sauce in Cooking

BBQ sauce isn’t just for the smoker or BBQ. Let's elevate your cooking to delicious perfection and create a symphony of flavours in your home kitchen. It is more than just a condiment, and it’s a culinary adventure that promises Smokey sweetness and savoury magic. Enhance your cuisine and wow your taste buds with every bite!

Key Points

  • BBQ sauce adds flavour to dishes.
  • Can be used as a marinade for meats.
  • Transform veggies into delicious treats.
  • Enhance burgers with Smokey and sweet tastes.
  • Slather ribs for tender, flavourful perfection.
  • Smokey Q offers award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs perfectly created to enhance your cooking.

Why is BBQ Sauce Important in Cooking?

BBQ sauce isn't just a condiment, and it's a flavour powerhouse that elevates dishes to new heights. It adds complexity and depth to our recipes, from tangy and sweet to Smokey and spicy. Whether slathered on grilled meats, used as a dipping sauce, or incorporated into marinades, its versatility knows no bounds. Creative ways to use BBQ sauce go beyond traditional applications, inspiring us to think outside the box and explore new culinary experiences.

BBQ Sauce as a Marinade

One widespread use of BBQ sauce in cooking is to marinate meats, transforming them into delectable food full of flavour. Whether grilling chicken or pork ribs, it adds a distinct flavour to your meals. Here are some exciting ways to use barbecue sauce as a marinade:

  • Infuse Flavour: BBQ sauce recipes elevate the taste profile of your meats.
  • Tenderise: BBQ sauce for chicken helps tenderise the meat, ensuring juicy results.
  • Caramelise: When grilled, BBQ sauce for pork ribs creates a beautiful, caramelised crust.
  • Enhance Aroma: BBQ sauce's rich aroma enhances your dish's overall sensory experience.
  • Add Depth: Experiment with different BBQ sauce variations to add depth and complexity to your marinades.

BBQ Sauce Glazed Vegetables

Transform your ordinary vegetable dishes into mouthwatering food with a delicious BBQ sauce glaze that adds flavour and depth to every bite. It's a creative twist to your typical veggie sides. To make this flavourful dish, brush your favourite veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms with a mixture of good BBQ sauce like Smokey Q and olive oil before grilling or roasting them. It  caramelises beautifully, enhancing the natural sweetness of the vegetables while infusing them with a Smokey tang. This unique cooking method with elevates the veggies to a new level, making them a standout addition to any meal. Try experimenting with different BBQ sauces and rubs from Smokey Q to find your perfect match for this delicious side dish.

BBQ Sauce Infused Burgers

Why not infuse your burgers with BBQ Sauce?

Indulge your taste buds with delicious BBQ sauce-infused burgers, elevating your grilling experience to a new flavour sensation. This creative way will create a versatile and flavourful burger. Here's why BBQ sauce-infused burgers are a must-try:

  • Flavour Creativity: Experiment with different flavours for unique taste profiles.
  • Juicy and Flavourful: The BBQ sauce moistures the burgers and adds a rich, tangy taste.
  • Versatile Pairings: Pair these burgers with toppings like crispy bacon or caramelised onions.
  • Exciting Twist: Elevate classic burgers with Smokey, sweet, and savoury BBQ sauce.
  • Grill Master Approved: Impress your guests with these mouthwatering, innovative creations at your next BBQ gathering.

BBQ Sauce Slathered Ribs

Topped onto BBQ ribs, the Smokey BBQ sauce envelops each succulent piece of meat, making it a hit. The key to obtaining finger-licking ribs is the right BBQ sauce recipe, which combines the sweetness of molasses with the tang of vinegar and the warmth of spices. Whether you want a traditional sauce for ribs or a more adventurous Smokey BBQ sauce, the trick is to generously coat your ribs before slow-cooking them to exquisite perfection. This same for chicken can turn your ribs into a delectable masterpiece.

BBQ Sauce Drizzled Pizza

Use it as a base instead of tomato sauce, or drizzle just your pizza with a delicious BBQ sauce to elevate its flavours and bring a touch of Smokey sweetness to every bite. The combination of gooey cheese, savoury toppings, and the bold tang creates a symphony of flavours on your taste buds. Here are some reasons why BBQ sauce-drizzled pizza will become your new favourite go-to dish:

  • The smokiness of the BBQ sauce adds a delicious depth to the pizza.
  • The sweet and tangy notes of the sauce perfectly complement the savoury elements of the pizza.
  • Each bite is a delightful balance of flavours that will leave you craving more.
  • It's a creative twist on traditional pizza toppings.
  • The aroma filling your kitchen as the pizza bakes with BBQ sauce is mouthwatering!

What are the BBQ Sauces that Smokey Q Offers?

Discover Smokey Q's incredible variety of BBQ sauces and rubs, each designed to enhance your culinary creations with fantastic natural, balanced flavours. 

Here's a glimpse of some of our mouth-watering BBQ sauces you can enjoy:


BBQ Sauce

Flavour Profile

Key Ingredients

Bull's Head BBQ Sauce

Full-flavoured American-Style BBQ Sauce

Tamarind with a hint of Vinegar

Bull's Head Sriracha BBQ Sauce

The Best Spicy BBQ Sauce in Australia

Iconic flavour of Sriracha

Mofo Miso Sriracha Hot Sauce

The only Sriracha Sauce you’ll ever need

This sauce has a heat rating of 2.5 out of 10

Mofo Green Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Mild with just Enough Kick to Make you Notice

Mild and Tangy Jalapeno – yum!

Mofo BBQ Chipotle Hot Sauce

Mild Hot Sauce but with a Big Flavour and Kick to any Meal

Heat rating of 4 out of 10, Mexican Hot Sauce

Indulge in these delectable sauces and elevate your BBQ experience with Smokey Q's finest BBQ sauce and bbq rub creations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used as a Replacement for Ketchup in Recipes?

Absolutely! We've found that BBQ sauce can make a fantastic replacement for ketchup in recipes. Its rich, Smokey flavour adds a delicious twist to dishes. Give it a try and let your taste buds dance!

What Are Some Unique Desserts That Can Be Made with BBQ Sauce?

We've discovered a decadent twist – if you are game, try Bull Head BBQ sauce drizzled over vanilla ice cream. The sweet and Smokey flavours blend into a surprisingly delightful treat. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with this unexpected dessert delight!

Are There Any Health Benefits to Using BBQ Sauce in Cooking?

Using BBQ sauce in cooking can add flavour and depth to dishes. It infuses a Smokey tang that enhances the taste profile. While moderation is vital due to its sugar content, incorporating it creatively can elevate various recipes.

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used in Vegetarian or Vegan Recipes?

Absolutely! Smokey Q BBQ sauce can be used in vegetarian or vegan recipes. It adds a delicious Smokey flavour and a touch of sweetness that can elevate dishes like grilled veggies, tofu stir-fries, or even BBQ jackfruit sandwiches.

How Can BBQ Sauce Be Incorporated into Breakfast Dishes?

Incorporating BBQ sauce into breakfast dishes can add a zesty twist to classics like scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, or even as a drizzle over avocado toast. It's a versatile condiment that can elevate your morning meal!


Get ready to experience rich flavours and creative twists. From tangy marinades to savoury glazes, BBQ sauce opens a world of possibilities that will tantalise your senses.

So, don't just cook. Use Smokey Q BBQ Sauce to make your cooking 100 times better.

Let's turn up the heat and tantalise your taste senses! Shop HERE.

Choosing the Optimal Meats for Smoking - SmokeyQ

Choosing the Optimal Meats for Smoking

The selection of meats for smoking may differ from what one might initially anticipate, especially in comparison to grilling. The process involves selecting meats or cuts that are typically tougher and less desirable and transforming them into culinary wonders through extended, low-temperature smoking. Selecting meats for smoking requires a keen understanding of what characteristics make a cut ideal. Many cuts considered less flavourful in other contexts often turn out to be perfect choices for smoking.

What Defines an Excellent Meat for Smoking?

Meats rich in fat and connective tissue, which might usually be overlooked, prove to be exceptional for smoking. Extended exposure to lower temperatures during smoking facilitates the breakdown of connective tissue and transforms fat into a tender delight. The best meats for smoking undergo a metamorphosis during prolonged cooking, emerging as juicy and mouth-wateringly soft.

Top Meat Choices for Smoking

In this section, we'll explore various meats, taking into consideration their natural fatty content and how well they adapt to smoking.

Prime selections for smoking are typically tougher and fattier meats. Beef stands out as a prime option, with some of the finest barbecues featuring a centerpiece of smoked beef.

Pork is another excellent choice, slightly leaner than beef but with specific cuts that excel in the smoker.

Whole birds, turkeys and other poultry, are also suitable, requiring less time in the smoker due to their leanness. These meats are ideal for beginners seeking a faster cooking process.

For additional inspiration, check out Smokey Q''s. smoking times and temperature charts.

Superior Cuts for Smoking Beef

When it comes to beef, using a high-quality beef rub is essential to achieve that perfect smokey flavour. Look for meat dry rubs specifically designed for beef BBQ — such as Smokey Q BBQ rubs from Perth — that are well-balanced in sweet and savoury notes. A good beef BBQ rub will enhance the natural richness of the meat while adding a delicious crust when smoked.

Brisket – The pinnacle of beef cuts, turning a tough meat into a delectable masterpiece when smoked correctly.

Beef Ribs – Rich in fat and connective tissue, beef ribs deliver a deep beefy taste when smoked.

Beef Cheeks – Featuring long, thin fat lines that melt during cooking, beef cheeks transform into a flavourful delight in the smoker.


For pork enthusiasts looking to elevate their smoking game, selecting the right cuts and pairing them with expertly crafted meat rubs is key to achieving mouthwatering results. When it comes to smoking pork, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Choose the Right Cuts: Opt for cuts like pork shoulder (also known as pork butt) or pork ribs for succulent and flavourful results.
  2. Use Smokey Q BBQ Rubs: Enhance the meat’s flavour profile by generously applying high-quality spice bbq pork rubs.


Pork Shoulder – This forgiving cut is easy to smoke, becoming incredibly tender when cooked right.

Pork Ribs – A classic BBQ choice, transformed into a mouthwatering delight with minimal effort.


Poultry takes smoking to a whole new level, providing a versatile canvas for creating mouthwatering works of culinary art with the perfect blend of flavour and tenderness. When it comes to smoking poultry, using the right combination of BBQ rubs and spices such as Smokey Q Chicken Rub which is essential to enhancing the natural taste of the meat.

Whole Chicken – Lean and simple to cook, making for an excellent choice for smoking beginners.

Whole Turkey – A fantastic option for special occasions, requiring effort but delivering an impressive smoked feast.


Selecting the right lamb cuts and preparing them with flavourful rubs and spices can truly elevate your barbecue experience.

Lamb Shoulder – One of the fattiest cuts, capable of breaking down into barbecued perfection when smoked.

Leg of Lamb – A fatty cut that benefits from a traditional low and slow smoke.


To achieve exceptional flavours when smoking venison, it’s crucial to select the right cuts of meat and pair them with high-quality seasoning blends.

Venison Roast – Coupling proper care with the right brine, any part of a deer can be transformed into a smoked delight.


For seafood aficionados seeking to enhance their smoking experience, selecting the freshest catches and pairing them with premium BBQ seasoning blends is key to achieving exceptional flavour.

Salmon – The ideal seafood for smoking due to its fatty, oily nature, resulting in deep flavours and a wonderful meal.


Whether you prefer a classic bratwurst or a spicy chorizo, the right combination of BBQ sauce and rub can take your smoking experience to the next level.

Sausage – Easily cooked in the smoker, making it one of the simplest yet best smoked treats.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use the Same Smoking Method for All Types of Meats, or Do I Need to Adjust Based on the Type of Meat?

We adjust our smoking method based on the type of meat. Different meats require varying cooking times and temperatures for optimal results. Tailoring the smoking process ensures each meat is tender and flavourful. It's all about enhancing the unique qualities of each cut!

Are There Any Meats That Are Not Recommended for Smoking, and Why?

Absolutely. Some meats like fish and lean cuts may not be optimal for smoking due to their delicate textures. It's crucial to avoid meats that are prone to drying out.

How Does the Size and Thickness of the Meat Affect the Smoking Process and Flavour?

Size and thickness of the meat significantly impact smoking. Thicker cuts require longer smoking times so they can absorb the flavours and break down the connective tissue, smaller pieces may cook faster but risk drying out. Understanding these factors ensures optimal flavour absorption and juicy results.

Should I Marinate or Season the Meats Before Smoking, and if So, What Are Some Recommended Marinades or Seasonings?

Marinating or seasoning meats before smoking enhances flavour. We recommend trying Smokey Q BBQ rubs and sauces.

How Do Different Types of Wood Chips or Pellets Affect the Flavour of the Smoked Meats, and Are There Specific Pairings Recommended for Different Types of Meat?

Different types of wood chips or pellets impact meat flavours differently. Pair mesquite with beef for a bold taste, cherry with poultry for a hint of sweetness, or apple with pork for a subtle fruitiness. Experiment for unique smoky profiles.


Through a blend of science and taste testing, we've identified these meats as our preferred ones for smoking. While many other cuts smoke well, the joy of barbecuing lies in experimenting and discovering personal favourites. Get ready to wow your friends and family with the most delicious smoked meats they've ever tasted. Buy the best bbq meat rubs today only at Smokey Q!

Food Matching Rubs - SmokeyQ

Food Matching Rubs

At the Smokey Q kitchen labs, we test, we taste, and we season to perfection. As experts in the realm of culinary delights, we've discovered that the magic of a meal often lies in the pairing of our specially crafted rubs with the right foods. It's not as simple as sprinkling spice on your steak, it's about orchestrating a symphony of flavours that dance on your palate. So, are you ready to embark on a journey that will take your barbecue skills to a whole new level? Hold onto your apron strings, we're about to revolutionise the way you season your meals.

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q offers a variety of BBQ rubs, praised for their chunky size and bold flavours, to match different food preferences.
  • The BBQ rubs can be used in various dishes, with popular choices being the Chicken BBQ Rub and Beef BBQ Rub.
  • The rubs are crafted by Chef Paul Lange through extensive experimentation and quality testing, ensuring superior taste and quality.
  • Smokey Q's rubs are versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes available on the platform, enhancing the BBQ experience.
  • Check out our new Food Pairing Menu https://www.smokeyq.com.au/collections/food-matching.


Diving straight into the holy grail, yes it's the brisket, the king of the low and slow. Smokey Q offers a versatile product that's perfect for enhancing this mouth-watering cut of beef with its unique blend of flavours and hand-blended activated charcoal.

Smokey Q's Smokin’ Guns Charcoal Rub is a blend of natural Australian ingredients, including activated charcoal from coconut husks, brown sugar, chilli, and smoked paprika. It's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and doesn't contain MSG. Use it to create a crispy black outer crust on your brisket that's seductively smokey and full of flavour. It's not just about the Charcoal in the Rub, though that's a significant part of the equation. Smokey Q has a range of products on our website designed to take your brisket from ordinary to extraordinary. If you are looking for a bit more kick, our smokey chipotle seasoning is a must-try.

At Smokey Q, we're all about providing quality products that make your BBQ creations sing.


When it comes to beef short ribs, our Beef BBQ Rub truly shines, transforming this rich, meaty cut into a tantalising feast for the senses. This flavourful rub, packed with bold, savoury notes, elevates the taste of the smoked beef short ribs, enhancing its natural flavours and adding an irresistible barbecue spice blend to each juicy bite.

Our beef BBQ rub isn't just any of your regular meat rubs. It's a handcrafted blend of spices designed to complement and highlight the rich, beefy taste of the short ribs. The robust flavour profile of this rub, combined with the slow-cooked, smokey goodness of the ribs, results in a culinary masterpiece that's hard to resist.

What's more, our Beef BBQ Rub contains less sugar than traditional BBQ sauces, ensuring that the true flavours of the meat shine through without being overpowered by sweetness. Simply apply the rub generously, allowing the ribs to marinate and absorb the flavours before cooking. The result? Smoked beef short ribs that are wonderfully tender, deliciously seasoned, and bursting with a rich, smokey barbecue flavour that'll have you coming back for more.


Just as our Beef BBQ Rub works wonders on short ribs, our SPG Blend is the perfect companion for a mouthwatering steak. This blend, made of premium Australian sea salt, garlic, and Szechwan pepper, is one of the finest meat rubs Australia has to offer.

Let's delve into why our SPG blend is a game-changer for your steak:

  1. Flavour Profile: The SPG blend creates a robust and subtle flavour profile that elevates the natural taste of the steak. The blend of sea salt, garlic, and Szechwan pepper adds depth and complexity to the steak, enhancing its flavour.
  2. Versatility: It's not just steak that benefits from this blend. It's a versatile spice rub that works well on various meats and even vegetables.
  3. Customer Satisfaction: Our customers love the chunky flakes and the flavour enhancement they bring to their dishes. It's a staple in their kitchens, and they highly recommend it.
  4. Quality: As always, we're committed to delivering top-quality BBQ rubs. Our SPG blend is no exception.


Let's turn our attention to the star of the show, Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub, a versatile seasoning that adds a burst of flavour to your poultry dishes. This chicken BBQ rub, made in the heart of BBQ rubs Perth, balances zesty sumac notes with fragrant kaffir lime flavours, rendering it ideal for white meats like chicken and duck. Yet, its versatility doesn't stop there, did you know it also enhances the flavour of beef, pork, and fish?

The application is straightforward - just generously sprinkle and massage the meat spice rub into your choice of meat, then refrigerate for optimal flavour absorption. Whether you're grilling or barbecuing, this rub adds depth to your dishes and is a standout among BBQ rubs Australia offers.

Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is not only flavourful but also mindful. It's vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and contains no MSG or fillers, only 100% natural ingredients. Plus, it's Australian-owned and made.


Continuing our flavourful journey we turn to lamb, a meat that pairs exceptionally well with Smokey Q's Fierce Bull Coffee Rub. This unique blend, one of the finest meat rubs Perth has to offer, complements the rich and distinctive flavour of lamb, enhancing it with a bold coffee twist.

  1. BBQ Rub Seasoning: The Fierce Bull Coffee Rub isn't your average BBQ spice rub. This blend, with ground coffee beans from Gesha Coffee Co., promises to elevate your lamb dishes to new heights. It creates a dark coffee crust after grilling, locking in flavours and adding a visually appealing finish.
  2. BBQ Spices: Smokey Q's Fierce Bull Coffee Rub is a testament to the versatility of BBQ spices. It's not just for beef and chicken - it works wonders on lamb too!
  3. BBQ Chicken Rub: While we know our Fierce Bull Coffee Rub shines as a BBQ chicken rub, don't hesitate to try it on lamb. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the results!
  4. BBQ Spice Rub: This blend is low in carbohydrates and saturated fat, making it a healthier choice for your BBQ spice rub needs. It's the perfect way to add some bold, savoury flavours to your lamb dishes.


Diving into the depths of flavour, our journey brings us to seafood, a culinary category that is beautifully enhanced by Smokey Q's Zesty Sea Salt Blend. This unique blend, meticulously crafted from native Australian lemon myrtle, chilli, garlic, pepper, sea salt, and lemon zest, has an impressive capacity to transform seafood dishes into gourmet experiences. The lemon myrtle imparts a citrusy, fresh flavour that complements seafood perfectly.

A fantastic accompaniment to grilled fish, it's no surprise our customers rave about the depth of flavour it brings. One particularly praised its use of tempura battered barramundi, exclaiming 'Fish has never tasted so good.' Indeed, the Zesty Sea Salt Blend creates a taste sensation that's both fragrant and zesty, elevating the humble grilled fish to an entirely new level.

What makes this blend even more remarkable is its versatility. Beyond seafood, it's a great addition to meats and veggies, enhancing their flavours and making them shine. It's not just a condiment, it's a culinary tool that adds a fine dining flavour with a simple pinch. So whether you're a seafood lover or just a flavour enthusiast, this blend is a must-have for your pantry.


Savour the succulence of pork ribs as we introduce Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub, a game-changer in the world of BBQs. This BBQ rub is crafted with natural ingredients and the delightful combination of honey and bacon results in a deep, rich, and sweet rub perfect for your pork ribs.

This irresistible honey bacon rub provides a golden seasoning that transcends beyond pork ribs. It's also gluten-free, which is a huge plus for those with dietary restrictions.

Now, let's engage with these four noteworthy features:

  1. Versatility: It's not just for pork ribs, it's exceptional on veggies, roast potatoes, and even popcorn.
  2. Quality: It's made from 100% natural ingredients, no MSG or fillers.
  3. Simplicity: Simply sprinkle generously on meat, let it sit for 30 minutes, then cook or grill to perfection.
  4. Accessibility: This Australian-made, and owned product is available in various sizes.

Trust us, once you've tried Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub, your BBQs will never be the same.

To sweeten the deal, consider pairing your Smokey Q's Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub enhanced dishes with Smokey Q's smoked honey, another star product from the range. Its unique taste complements the rub's zesty and fragrant flavours, taking your BBQ experience to the next level.

It's time to elevate your BBQ game.


From pork ribs, let's now turn our attention to another BBQ Favorite - the Tomahawk. This impressive cut of beef requires a special touch, and the right BBQ rub can elevate its flavour to new heights.

Our Original Beef BBQ Rub is an excellent choice for this cut. It's crafted with a unique blend of ingredients, giving it a rich and deep flavour profile that truly complements the meat. This rub is less sweet than traditional BBQ sauces, allowing the natural flavours of the beef to shine through.

When it comes to cooking the Tomahawk, offset with lump charcoal is the way to go with a reverse sear at the end. This method allows the meat to absorb all the flavours of the rub and results in a tender, succulent beef that's a delight to eat. Before you start cooking, be generous with the rub and let the beef sit for at least 30 minutes. This will ensure that every bite is packed with flavour.


Let's pull the lid off another Smokey Q Favorite - the Pulled Pork, which takes on a whole new level of deliciousness when seasoned with our Sweet Hog Honey & Bacon Rub. This BBQ rub infuses the meat with a divine sweetness, balanced by a smokey bacon flavour that'll have your taste buds dancing.

  1. Ingredients: This bacon rub is made with real, natural ingredients, including honey powder and natural bacon flavour. It's gluten-free, making it suitable for all food lovers.
  2. Usage: Ideal for pork ribs, it's not just a meat seasoning. Try it on roast potatoes or even popcorn - it's that versatile!
  3. Instructions: Simply sprinkle generously on your meat, let it absorb the flavours for about 30 minutes, then grill to perfection. Watch as it develops a beautiful golden glaze.
  4. Why Choose: This Australian-made rub is MSG-free and has no fillers - just pure, mouthwatering flavour.

Once you pulled the pork consider pairing your Bull’s head BBQ sauce! Derived from tamarind and with a hint of vinegar, with perfectly balanced sweet and tangy notes we’ve created a rich flavour that we are proud to call our own.


Moving on from our flavourful pulled pork rub, we can't ignore the magic a pinch of our Truffle Salt brings to a classic pasta dish. This luxurious ingredient provides a flavour enhancement that takes your pasta from ordinary to gourmet. It's not just about adding saltiness, it's about introducing a unique, earthy taste that brings out the best in your food.

Our Truffle Salt is a versatile addition to your pantry, just as suitable for steaks, potatoes, and fries as it is for pasta. It's made with local WA truffles and Australian sea salt flakes, ensuring you get a product of the highest quality.

Imagine a steaming plate of spaghetti, laced with a silky sauce, and finished with a sprinkle of our Truffle Salt. The salt reacts with the heat, releasing its intoxicating aroma and infusing the pasta with its rich flavour. This gourmet touch doesn't require any culinary expertise, just a love for good food.

We believe that every dish deserves to taste its best, and with our Truffle Salt, you have a simple, yet powerful tool to enhance your meals, making every bite an experience to savour.


Ever wondered how to get that perfect, crispy pork belly with a rich, smokey flavour? Well, we have some mouthwatering tips for you, using a meat dry rub that's a game-changer.

We're talking about the spicy BBQ rub from the renowned BBQ Rub Australia range. This BBQ spice blend is packed with flavours that will make your pork belly irresistibly delicious and impressively crispy. Here's a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. First, score the skin of your pork belly. This allows the rub to penetrate deeper into the meat, enhancing the flavour.
  2. Next, apply a generous amount of the spicy BBQ rub all over the pork belly. Don't be shy, the more, the merrier.
  3. Let the meat rest for a bit. This allows the flavours to soak in, giving your pork belly a rich, deep taste.
  4. Finally, cook your pork belly slowly on low heat. This ensures that the meat is tender and juicy, while the skin gets that perfect crispiness.

That's it! Now you know how to get that perfect pork belly every time. Enjoy your cooking adventure with our BBQ Rub Australia range!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Some Unique Ways to Use Smokey Q Rubs in Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes?

We've found our rubs add a smokey kick to grilled veggies and tofu. Try dusting eggplant slices with our Beef BBQ Rub before roasting or sprinkling our Chicken BBQ Rub over popcorn for a savoury treat.

Can Smokey Q Rubs Be Used in Baking, and if So, What Are Some Recommended Recipes?

Absolutely, we can use Smokey Q rubs in baking. They're fantastic in savoury baked dishes. A Favorite is our veggie-packed BBQ Rub Quiche. It adds a smokey, savoury punch that elevates the dish.

How Can I Use Smokey Q Rubs to Enhance the Flavour of My Homemade Soups and Stews?

We're thrilled you're exploring Smokey Q rubs for your homemade soups and stews! Try adding our Beef BBQ Rub to a hearty beef stew or Chicken BBQ Rub in a comforting chicken soup for an extra flavour kick.

Are There Any Smokey Q Rubs That Are Particularly Well-Suited to Breakfast Dishes?

Absolutely, we've got Smokey Q rubs perfect for breakfast dishes. Our rubs can add a delightful twist to scrambled eggs, bacon, or even your morning toast. They'll certainly spice up your breakfast routine.

What Are Some Non-Traditional or Unexpected Food Pairings That Work Well With Smokey Q Rubs?

We've found our rubs to be incredibly versatile. They pair well with popcorn for a spicy twist or even mixed into a Bloody Mary for an unexpected, savoury kick. It's all about experimenting with flavours.


Well, folks, this is it - the end of our flavourful journey together. Make sure you take a look at our new food pairing menu https://www.smokeyq.com.au/collections/food-matching

We've traversed the smokey depths of brisket, soared high with chicken, and even danced a tango with pasta. So, next time you're in the kitchen, wielding our rubs like a seasoned maestro, remember it's not just about the food, it's about the symphony of flavours. And trust us, once you've experienced this culinary concert, there's no going back to plain old salt and pepper.

Chicken BBQ Rub - SmokeyQ

Chicken BBQ Rub

As Australians we gather around the barbecue, the tantalising aroma of sizzling barbecue fills the air, and our taste buds tingle with anticipation. But what truly sets apart a good chicken barbecue from an unforgettable one?

It all comes down to the rub. That magical blend of spices and herbs transforms a simple piece of chicken into a flavour packed masterpiece. Today, we invite you to join us on a journey through the world of Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub. From the secret ingredients that make it truly special to the countless ways it can elevate your dishes, we'll uncover the key to unlocking a world of barbecue bliss. So, grab your tongs and prepare to discover a culinary adventure that will leave you craving more.

Smokey Q Chicken BBQ Rub

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is highly recommended for use on any meat.
  • Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is versatile and can be used for sausages, steaks, marinades, and even as a Seafood seasoning.
  • Customers have praised the perfect spice level of our Chicken BBQ Rub.

Ingredients for Chicken BBQ Rub

To create a delicious and flavourful Chicken BBQ Rub, you can gather some of the following ingredients and prepare for a mouthwatering seasoning experience. Our BBQ chicken rub recipe includes natural ingredients like WA lake salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary.

These ingredients come together to make a well-balanced and aromatic spice rub that will elevate the taste of your chicken. It's the perfect chicken rub for BBQ enthusiasts who want to add a burst of flavour to their dishes. Our chicken rub seasoning can also be used on pork,seafood, burgers, and lamb, making it a versatile addition to your spice collection.

Benefits of Using Chicken BBQ Rub

After learning about the ingredients needed to create a delicious Chicken BBQ Rub, let's explore the benefits of using this flavourful seasoning on your chicken dishes. Using a chicken BBQ rub can elevate the taste of your BBQed or roasted chicken to new heights. The combination of spices and seasonings in the rub adds depth and complexity to the flavour profile of the chicken. It helps to tenderise the meat, making it juicy and succulent. The BBQ rub also forms a crust on the outside of the chicken, creating a delicious caramelised texture. Most importantly the Smokey Q Chicken Rub assists the chicken from drying out during cooking, ensuring a moist and flavourful result. So, whether you're BBQing, roasting, or smoking your chicken, using a chicken BBQ rub will take your dish to the next level.

Tips for Applying Chicken BBQ Rub

When applying a chicken BBQ rub, it's important to ensure that the flavours are evenly distributed and that the rub adheres to the chicken for maximum taste and tenderness. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the best results:

  1. Pat or Massage the rub into the chicken: Using your hands, work the dry rub into the chicken, making sure to cover every inch of the meat. This will help the flavours penetrate the chicken and create a delicious crust.
  2. Let it rest: After applying the rub, let the chicken rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the spices to meld with the meat and enhances the overall flavour.
  3. Don't be afraid to be generous: Use as much or as little of the rub as you prefer. If you like a bold flavour, don't hesitate to apply a generous amount. Just be sure to maintain a balance, so the flavours don't overpower the natural taste of the chicken.

Different Variations of a Chicken BBQ Rub

Now that you know the tips for applying a chicken BBQ rub, let's explore the different variations of a chicken BBQ rub that you can try to enhance the flavour of your BBQed chicken.

Here are five delicious variations for homemade chicken BBQ rubs that will take your BBQ chicken to the next level:

Rub Variation


BBQ Chicken Rub Recipe

Salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, pepper, smoked paprika, sumac, coriander, kaffir lime, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary

BBQ Chicken Dry Rub

Chilli powder, brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper

Chicken Rub BBQ Recipe

Smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black pepper

BBQ Chicken Rub for Smoking

Brown sugar, salt, paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper

BBQ Chicken Rub for Oven

Paprika, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, dried thyme

These variations offer a range of flavours, from sweet and smokey to spicy and savoury. Feel free to customise the recipes to suit your taste preferences. Experiment with different combinations of spices to create your signature chicken BBQ rub or simply get the best Chicken BBQ rub from Smokey Q.

Cooking Techniques for Chicken Seasoned with BBQ Rub

To achieve the most flavourful and succulent chicken, it is essential to master the cooking techniques for chicken seasoned with BBQ rub. Here are three techniques that will elevate your chicken to new levels of deliciousness:

  1. Direct BBQing: Place the seasoned chicken directly over the heat source on a preheated BBQ. This method results in a crispy exterior and juicy interior, with the BBQ rub creating a flavourful crust.
  2. Indirect BBQing: For larger cuts of chicken, such as whole chickens or chicken thighs, indirect BBQing is the way to go. This involves placing the chicken away from the heat source and cooking it slowly over indirect heat. The BBQ rub will infuse the chicken with a smokey flavour while keeping it tender and moist.
  3. Smoking: For the ultimate BBQ experience, try smoking your chicken. This involves cooking the chicken in a smoker at a low temperature for an extended period. The BBQ rub will penetrate the meat, creating a rich and smokey flavour that is sure to impress.

Mastering these cooking techniques will ensure that your chicken seasoned with BBQ rub is always a crowd-pleaser. So, fire up the BBQ, get creative with your flavours, and enjoy the mouthwatering results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on Other Types of Meat?

Sure! Our Chicken BBQ Rub is so versatile, it can elevate the flavours of any type of meat. Whether it's beef, pork, vegetables or even seafood, this rub will add that perfect smokey and savoury touch to your dishes. Give it a try!

How Long Should I Let the Chicken BBQ Rub Marinate on the Chicken?

We recommend marinating the chicken with the BBQ rub for at least hour to allow the flavours to penetrate the meat. However, for maximum flavour, overnight marination is ideal.

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on Vegetables?

Yes, you can definitely use the chicken BBQ rub on vegetables! It adds a delicious flavour and enhances the taste of BBQed or roasted veggies. Just sprinkle it on before cooking for a mouthwatering result.

Is Chicken BBQ Rub Spicy?

No, our Chicken BBQ Rub has a perfect spice level. It adds a flavourful kick without being too spicy. It's great for seasoning chicken, but also works well on other meats and even vegetables.This is the best rub for kids as its not spicy, Some of our friends kids will not eat chicken without Smokey Q Chicken rub on it !

Can I Use Chicken BBQ Rub on BBQ’d Chicken or Does It Only Work for Smoked Chicken?

Yes, you can use our Chicken BBQ Rub on BBQ’d chicken, smoked chicken or even other proteins. It adds delicious flavour to both cooking methods. Try it and enjoy the mouthwatering taste it brings to your chicken dishes!


Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ Rub is the ultimate game-changer for your chicken dishes. With its carefully crafted blend of spices and herbs, it adds a mouthwatering flavour that will have your guests coming back for more. Whether you're Hot and Fast BBQ’ing, Low and Slow Smoking, or Roasting, make sure to grab some of Smokey Q's Chicken BBQ.

Award Winning BBQ Rubs, Sauces and Salts - SmokeyQ

Award Winning BBQ Rubs, Sauces and Salts

As the saying goes, 'the secret is in the sauce,' but at Smokey Q we’d argue it's not just the sauce, but the rubs and salts too, that transform good BBQ into award-winning BBQ. We've spent years perfecting our recipes, and the results are an award winning collection of rubs, sauces, and salts that have garnered accolades and praise from professional chefs and home cooks alike. These aren't just any seasonings, they're a ticket to an entirely new level of flavour. But what makes them so special, and how can you use them to their full potential? Stick around, we're about to spill the beans on our secret to success.

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q is an Australian company that is dedicated to inspiring chefs and bringing out the best flavours in BBQ meat using the finest Australian ingredients.
  • Their products are hand-blended and packaged, gluten-free, and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and fillers.
  • The founder, Paul, was inspired by the flavours of Southern-State American BBQ and started Smokey Q to develop premium quality BBQ rubs.
  • Smokey Q has grown from strength to strength, now offering over 25 dry rubs, salt blends, and sauces, and has received recognition and awards for its excellence in the industry.

Award Winning BBQ Rubs

At Smokey Q, we take immense pride in our award-winning BBQ rubs, meticulously blended with the finest Australian ingredients to elevate your BBQ experience to a whole new level. Our founder and chef, Paul Lange, has developed some of the best BBQ rubs in the world. We're not just about flavour, we're about creating a healthier BBQ experience. Our BBQ rub seasoning contains no MSG, is gluten-free, and is made from all-natural ingredients. We've taken the time to perfect our BBQ spice rub, ensuring it provides a perfectly balanced flavour profile. Our rubs are more than just seasonings; they enhance texture and infuse meat with a depth of flavour that's unmatched. With Smokey Q, you're not just BBQing, you're crafting culinary masterpieces.

Exploration of the best BBQ Sauces

While our BBQ rubs have garnered acclaim, we're equally excited about our range of BBQ sauces that burst with unique, bold flavours and offer health-conscious options for any dish. Our exploration of top BBQ sauces has resulted in an array of options that will elevate your culinary creations.

  • Bulls Head BBQ: A multi-award winner with a 5.0 rating, this BBQ smokey sauce is a crowd pleaser.
  • Bulls Head BBQ Sriracha: The Hot Twin to our signature Bull’s Head BBQ Sauce, featuring the iconic flavour of Sriracha (that goes well on pretty much everything), you’ll be inviting this saucy little number back to your place in a heartbeat.
  • Burnt Bees Smoked honey: Sourced from local Western Australian beekeepers and smoked using Redgum wood chips, this Smokey, sweet, sensational honey is perfect for glazing meats.
  • Health and quality:
    • Gluten-free and MSG-free, our BBQ sauces align with health-conscious diets.
    • Handmade in Australia, our sauces are a testament to the best BBQ rubs Australia offers.

Unleashing Flavour With our Salt Blends

Diving into the world of BBQ salts, we're thrilled to share how these unique blends can dramatically enhance the flavour of your culinary creations. These BBQ salts, hand-blended with all-natural ingredients, are the secret weapon for unleashing flavour with BBQ salts. They're not just for BBQ rubs or spice blends, but can also elevate the taste of any dish. Each salt mix from the SPG (Salt Pepper Garlic) blend to the zesty salt, is designed to highlight specific flavours, making your barbecue spice blend truly shine. Just a pinch can bring out the best in your meats and veggies. Remember, BBQ salts aren't just alternatives to table salt, they're an upgrade, providing a depth of flavour that's sure to impress at your next BBQ.

Pairing Guide for BBQ Seasonings

After exploring the unique power of BBQ salts in enhancing flavours, let's now guide you through the perfect pairings of BBQ seasonings for various dishes. Our pairing guide for BBQ seasonings will enhance your culinary skills and elevate your BBQ experience.

Impact of Quality Ingredients on Taste

When it comes to barbecuing, the quality of ingredients we use can significantly impact the taste of our dishes. Award-winning BBQ rubs and sauces are crafted with quality ingredients, ensuring a superior taste. The BBQ rub sauce, for instance, can transform a typical dish into a delicacy when it's made with premium spices. Don't underestimate the role of BBQ spices in the mix. They can provide depth and complexity to the flavours. The impact of quality ingredients on taste is undeniable. For a memorable BBQ, it's worth investing in quality rubs. From your spices and rubs to your sauces, each component plays a crucial role in creating that perfect BBQ flavour we all know and love.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Process Behind Creating Smokey Q's Unique BBQ Rubs and Sauces?

We're dedicated to crafting unique BBQ rubs and sauces at Smokey Q. Our process involves hand-blending Australian ingredients, experimenting with bold flavours, and ensuring our products exceed others on the market, all while being gluten and MSG-free.

How Does Smokey Q Ensure the Quality and Consistency of Their Products?

We ensure our product's quality and consistency through rigorous testing and hand blending. We're sticklers for detail, believing 'the devil's in the details'. No MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or fillers are in our products. It's all 100% Australian.

Are There Any Allergen Warnings Associated With Smokey Q's BBQ Rubs, Sauces, and Salts?

We're proud to say our BBQ rubs, sauces, and salts are hand-blended and completely gluten-free. They contain no MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or fillers. However, we always recommend checking individual product labels for specific allergen information.

How Can I Use Smokey Q's Products to Enhance My Own BBQ Recipes at Home?

We've crafted our products to easily enhance your BBQ recipes. Just sprinkle our rubs, drizzle our sauces, or season with our salts. They'll intensify flavours, creating a memorable meal that we're sure you'll love.

Does Smokey Q Offer Any Resources or Guides for Using Their Various BBQ Seasonings, Salts, and Sauces?

We sure do! We provide easy-to-follow recipes on our site that highlight how to use our BBQ seasonings, salts, and sauces. We're all about inspiring the chef within everyone, so give 'em a try!


As we wrap up our BBQ journey, we can't help but marvel at the magic of rubs, sauces, and salts. They're not just seasoning, they're little flavour wizards, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. It's clear, that good ingredients do make a difference - they're the soul of our creations. So here's to the joy of BBQ, the thrill of discovery and the endless possibilities of flavour. Keep exploring, keep tasting, and most importantly, keep the flames of your culinary passion burning bright.

BBQ Rub Recipe - SmokeyQ

BBQ Rub Recipe

We've been on a quest to master the perfect BBQ rub, and now we're thrilled to share our secret recipe with you. Our blend of spices will transform your meats into a smoky delight, infusing every bite with robust flavour. Join us as we dive into the art of the rub, and let's make your next BBQ unforgettable. It's time to add some serious zest to your grilling game—let's get started! 

BBQ Rub Recipe

Key Takeaways 

  • Smokey Q is a Western Australian company that aims to inspire chefs by using the finest Australian ingredients to bring out the best flavours in BBQ meat. 
  • Their products are hand-blended, gluten-free, and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fillers. 
  • The founder, Paul, was inspired by the flavours of Southern-State American BBQ during his honeymoon in Vietnam and started Smokey Q after experimenting with different flavour profiles. 
  • Smokey Q has grown from initially launching 5 products to now offering over 25 dry rubs, salt blends, sauces, and more. 

Best BBQ Rub 

While we've explored a variety of BBQ rubs, it's clear that the best ones strike a perfect balance between sweet, spicy, salty, and savoury notes. Our best BBQ rub in Australia embodies this harmony. We've nailed it with our Smokey Q beef rub, rib rub, and BBQ chicken rub, each bursting with Smokey Q seasonings. They're the robust heart of BBQ rubs Down Under. 

Smokey Q Owner Paul

Balancing Sweet and Savory 

At Smokey Q, we've discovered that a successful BBQ rub needs a careful mix of sweet and savoury elements to truly enhance the flavours of the meat. Below we’ve listed our favourite Smokey Q, Sweet, Savoury and choice proteins: 



Different Protein’s 

Smoked Honey 

SPG Salt Blend 

Thor's Hammer 

Bull Head BBQ Sauce 

Fierce Bull Coffee Rub 


Honey & Bacon Rub 

Smokin’ Guns Charcoal Rub 

Boston Butt 

Finding the right balance leads us straight to the importance of salt. 

The Importance of Salt 

In creating our BBQ rub recipe, we recognise that the right amount of salt is crucial for bringing out the natural flavours of the meat. Salt's magic transforms BBQ sessions into a feast for the senses. It's the backbone of our BBQ rub, enhancing every other spice we toss in. Now, let's dive into customising this savoury concoction for various meats. 

Customising for Meat Types 

Considering the unique textures and flavours of different meats, we're tailoring our BBQ rub to complement each variety perfectly. For beef's boldness, we've got a hearty, peppery batch. Poultry? A herby, citrus-infused mix lifts it right up. And for pork's sweet tenderness, a touch of brown sugar and a whisper of heat. Each rub is crafted to elevate, not overpower, the natural goodness of the meat. 

Rub Preparation and Storage 

Every BBQ rub we make has its unique blend of spices and requires proper preparation and storage to maintain its peak flavour and freshness. We meticulously mix our spices in batches to ensure consistency. Once ready, we store them in airtight containers, away from heat and light. This keeps our rubs bold and robust, ready to transform your next BBQ masterpiece. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Use a BBQ Rub on Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes, and if So, Which Vegetables or Plant-Based Proteins Work Best with These Flavours? 

We absolutely can sprinkle our BBQ rub on vegan dishes! Eggplants, portobello mushrooms, and tofu soak up those smokey flavours beautifully, making for a deliciously robust plant-based feast. 

Are There Any Health Benefits or Dietary Considerations to Be Aware of When Frequently Using BBQ Rubs in Cooking? 

We're mindful that frequent use of BBQ rubs can mean more salt and spice intake. It's important to balance them with other healthful ingredients to ensure a nutritious and delicious meal. 

How Can I Adjust BBQ Rub Recipes for Dietary Restrictions, Such as Low Sodium or Sugar-Free Diets? 

We've found that tweaking our BBQ rubs for dietary needs is simple. We'll reduce salt for low-sodium diets and swap in sugar alternatives for a sugar-free version, keeping the flavour bold and satisfying. 

What Are Some Unconventional Uses for BBQ Rubs Outside of Grilling and Smoking Meats? 

We've discovered that BBQ rubs can elevate popcorn, and roasted nuts, and even add a kick to Bloody Marys. They're not just for meats, they're versatile flavour powerhouses for all sorts of culinary adventures. 

Can BBQ Rubs Be Used in Conjunction with Marinades or Should They Be Used Independently for Optimal Flavour? 

We often mix BBQ rubs with marinades for a flavour-packed punch. It's about layering tastes, not choosing one over the other both methods can coexist to elevate the dish to mouthwatering perfection. 


We've laid out our secrets, now it's your turn to bring the magic to life. Massage our Smokey Q rub into your meats, let the flavours meld, and watch as your BBQ transforms into legend. Remember, in a recipe, balance is key, and a personal twist is encouraged. Store it right, and it'll be your flavour sidekick for grills to come. So, gather around the flames, mates, and let's make every bite a testament to the craft. Grill on! 

Exploring the Brilliance of a Good BBQ Sauce - SmokeyQ

Exploring the Brilliance of a Good BBQ Sauce

At Smokey Q, we are obsessed with BBQ Flavours.

After thousands of grilling hours, we've uncovered the magic of a sublime BBQ sauce. It's not just a condiment, it's a game changer, transforming simple meats into culinary masterpieces. In this blog, we are going to deep dive into the world of BBQ sauces, their history, variations, creation, and taste.

Whether you're a BBQ rookie or a pitmaster, we've got some Smokey secrets to share. Join us as we explore the brilliance of a good BBQ sauce. 

Unveiling the BBQ Sauce Phenomenon 

Why do we as taste enthusiasts find the phenomenon of BBQ sauce so mesmerising? It's the symphony of flavours that BBQ rubs from Australia bring. Each BBQ bite, whether it's our Smokey Q Bulls Head or Cold Smoked honey, is elevated by Mr Q's (Our owner Paul Lange!) signature Smokey Q flavour. Try chilli salt to add a kick, while the rib rub seals the deal. Truly, this trio of Sauces, Rubs and Blends is an experience that will lift any meal. 

The Art of Crafting BBQ Sauce 

Diving into the art of crafting BBQ sauce, we find it's not just about mixing ingredients, but a meticulous process that involves balancing flavours to achieve a sauce that enhances, rather than overshadows, the taste of the meat. 


Role in BBQ Sauce 


Base flavour 


Adds tanginess 


Balances acidity 


Adds depth 


We're passionate about creating BBQ sauces that delight the senses and elevate your BBQ dishes. 

Deciphering BBQ Sauce Flavours 

Let's break down the complex flavours of BBQ sauce to truly understand what makes it such a beloved condiment. If you make your own you will find sweetness usually from molasses or brown sugar, providing a sticky, caramel note. Vinegar adds tanginess, balancing the sweetness, while tomato lends a fruity acidity. Various spices, such as paprika, mustard, and black pepper, inject warmth and depth. Each ingredient contributes, creating a symphony of flavours in every drop. 

Health Benefits of BBQ Sauce 

While many might not associate BBQ sauce with health benefits, we've found that it can contribute positively to your diet in several ways. 

  1. It's rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes. 
  1. Many sauces contain capsaicin from chilli peppers, which has metabolism-boosting properties. 
  1. They also often include spices like garlic and onion, known for their immune-boosting effects. 

Versatility of BBQ Sauce in Dishes 

We're going to unveil the versatility of BBQ sauce in enhancing a wide range of dishes, transforming even the simplest meals into culinary delights. From grilled chicken to juicy burgers, tangy pulled pork to Smokey ribs, the BBQ sauce enlivens them all. It's not just for grilling, though. Stir it into baked beans, slather it on pizza, or mix it into a dip. The possibilities are endless, and we’d love to see how you use it! 


Frequently Asked Questions

How Has the BBQ Sauce Evolved Over the Years and What Are Some of the Unique Variations Available Today? 

We've seen BBQ sauce evolve from basic blends to complex flavours, incorporating unique elements like smoked honey or spicy Sriracha. Today's variations offer a balance of sweet, tangy, Smokey, and spicy notes, delighting every palate. 

What Are the Key Factors to Look for When Choosing a BBQ Sauce? 

When we're choosing a BBQ sauce, we seek bold flavours that balance sweetness and tanginess. A good sauce should also have natural, gluten-free, and MSG-free ingredients. It's all about enhancing, not masking, our food's taste. We have also taken into consideration the consistency of the sauce many BBQ sauces are too thin and just don’t work when basting meats, we have crafted ours a lot thicker than others for this reason. 

Can BBQ Sauce Be Used in Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes? 

You can use all of Smokey Q’s BBQ rubs and sauces in vegetarian or vegan dishes. It adds a Smokey, tangy kick to veggies, tofu, and plant-based proteins. All our products are allergen and vegan-friendly, so everyone can enjoy the BBQ goodness! 

What Is the Shelf Life of BBQ Sauce and How Should It Be Stored? 

Like a fine wine, BBQ sauce doesn't spoil quickly. We recommend storing it in a cool, dark place, sealed tightly. Unopened, it'll last up to 2 years. Once opened, refrigerate and use within the best-before date on the bottle. 



We've journeyed far and wide across the saucy realm of BBQ, from its Smokey origins to the tangy fusion in dishes.  

Like a trusty compass in a BBQ adventure, a good sauce always points to flavour. So, here's to the brilliance of Smokey Q’s BBQ sauce, the unsung hero of the grill.  

Grab yourself some and explore, experiment, and most importantly, savour every drop. 

Spice Up Your Grilling Game: A Guide to Delicious Meat Rubs - SmokeyQ

Spice Up Your Grilling Game: A Guide to Delicious Meat Rubs

Why Do We Rub Meat?

Have you ever wondered what makes a BBQ go from good to amazing? We'll let you in on our secret, shhhhh - it's all about the rubs. At Smokey Q, we're passionate about creating high-quality, flavour packed meat rubs that can transform any cut of meat into an irresistible feast – your friends will be seriously impressed. At Smokey Q we've mastered the art of blending spices and we're excited to share our knowledge with you. Let's dive into the world of meat rubs together and elevate your grilling game.

Understanding the Basics of Meat Rubs

It's vital to understand that most meat rubs are made with a balance of bold flavours, aiming to inspire the chef within and enhance your BBQ experience. Of course, not all rubs are made equal, and some are filled with nasties, but Smokey Q's meat rubs we know Australian locals have come to love. We’ve created these BBQ rubs not just as mere seasonings but as secret weapons for every grilling and pit master enthusiast out there. Imagine the magic you can do with our rib rub! It doesn't just add flavour, it transforms your ordinary ribs into a smokey, savoury delight that leaves everyone asking for seconds. With these meat rubs in your pantry, we guarantee an unparalleled BBQ experience every time. So go ahead, fire up that grill and let Smokey Q bring out the pit master in you!

The Art of Making Your Meat Rubs

You'll find it's quite an art form to craft an amazing blend of seasonings for your BBQ dishes. We're talking about creating a meat rub that will truly make your taste buds dance with delight. It's not just a random concoction of spices thrown together, it's a well-thought-out symphony of flavours that complement each other perfectly.

At Smokey Q we believe in the power of spice blends to elevate even the simplest dishes. From Smokey paprika and earthy cumin to zesty lemon pepper and fiery chipotle, the possibilities are endless when you're mixing up your rub. And let's not forget about sweet additions like brown sugar or Australian Honey that can balance out the heat.

It took us years of trial and error, but once we nailed our signature BBQ rubs, there was no going back.

We’ve done all the hard work for you and trust us, it's worth every delicious bite!

Pairing Different Meats with the Right Rubs

Pairing the right seasonings with different types of grilled goodies can significantly enhance their flavours. We've journeyed across the rub and sauce spectrum, experimenting, tasting, and perfecting. We know that a bold, spicy rub brings out the best in a beef brisket while a sweet and smoky blend is just what your ribs are begging for. Chicken craves something zesty and slightly tangy - it's all about complementing and enhancing those natural flavours. And don't forget fish! A light zesty citrus-infused salt keeps things fresh and exciting. But remember, it's not just about taste it's also about texture. Let's delve deeper into how meat rubs transform both flavour profiles and texture dynamics in our next section.

The Impact of Meat Rubs on Flavour and Texture

When it comes to enhancing the taste and feel of your BBQ, Smokey Q's seasonings can significantly transform both flavour profiles and texture dynamics. As passionate BBQ enthusiasts, we understand the power of a good rub. It isn't just about adding taste, it's about creating an experience that engulfs your senses. A well-applied meat rub creates a flavourful crust, sealing in the juices for tender, succulent meat beneath.

Smokey Q's rubs encompass bold flavours ranging from zesty citrus to smoky sweet blends. These nuances seep deep into the fibres of your chosen cut, intensifying its natural flavour while imparting new dimensions to savour. We've crafted our rubs with careful balance - not too overpowering but not underwhelming either.

Dive into the world of BBQ with us, let's explore this symphony of tastes together!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Any Health Concerns Related to Using Meat Rubs?

All Smokey Q products are Free from the Top 9 Allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, wheat, milk, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame).

They are also Non-GMO, MSG Free, Corn Free, Gluten Free and Vegan!

How Long Can Smokey Q Meat Rubs Be Stored and What Is the Best Way to Store Them?

We're enthusiastic about BBQ and know that rubs can be stored for up to 2 years in a cool, dark place. We'd recommend using airtight containers to keep those flavours locked in!

Can Meat Rubs and Salts Be Used in Vegetarian or Vegan Dishes, and if So, How?

Absolutely! We can use our rubs to kick up the flavour of veggies, tofu, or tempeh. They'll add depth to your dishes and give that smoky, barbecue taste we all love. Grilling's not just for meat anymore!

What Are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using Meat Rubs?

We've seen folks make a few common mistakes when using rubs. They're often too shy with the amount, forget to apply it evenly, or don't give it enough time to infuse the flavours properly.



We've loved sharing our passion for BBQ with you, especially the art of using meat rubs. The magic lies in finding the perfect rub to unlock incredible flavours and textures. So, get out there, experiment with Smokey Q's superior range of rubs and sauces, and create your backyard gastronomic delights! Remember, great BBQ isn't just about grilling it's about enhancing flavours and making memories with friends.

Australian BBQ Adventures: The Quest for the Ultimate BBQ Rub - SmokeyQ

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. 

Mates Crates Shout Out - SmokeyQ

Mates Crates Shout Out

Mates Crates: Smokey Q's Love for Supporting a Small WA Business

In the heart of Western Australia, nestled amidst the stunning beaches and thriving communities, lies a small business that has captured the essence of local entrepreneurship - Mates Crates. This boutique establishment has not only gained a loyal following but has also caught the attention of Smokey Q, an enthusiastic supporter of local enterprises.

Mates Crates: A Brief Overview

Mates Crates is a charming local business that embodies the true spirit of Australian community and craftsmanship. Established by sisters in law, Rebekah and Crystal, who share a passion for making gift giving a fun and memorable EXPERIENCE! The goal of giving a Mates Crate is to forge a memorable moment when the receiver has to crack into their wooden gift crate with the provided pry bar. Each crate includes high-quality, locally sourced products from all around Western Australia. Mates Crates specialises in creating unique gift boxes and hampers filled with delectable treats, artisanal products, and quality goods. Their dedication to supporting local businesses is evident in the carefully curated selection of items that make up each crate.

The Smokey Q Connection

Smokey Q, an avid supporter of local businesses and a connoisseur of barbecue and grilling, was approached by Mates Crates during their exploration of the local culinary scene. Instantly impressed by the quality and variety of items offered, Mates Crates became a regular patron and a staunch advocate for Smokey Q, including many of our BBQ rubs and sauces in their crate selections.

Supporting Local: A Shared Philosophy

Both Mates Crates and Smokey Q share a common belief in the importance of supporting local businesses. Smokey Q recognizes that small enterprises are the lifeblood of a community, contributing to its uniqueness and vitality. By sourcing products from Smokey Q, Mates Crates is not only enjoying exceptional goods but also actively participating in the growth and sustainability of a local business.

Moreover, supporting local enterprises promotes sustainability and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting goods over long distances. It also ensures that the money spent circulates within the community, contributing to its economic development and prosperity.

The Delight of a Mates Crates Experience

For Smokey Q, receiving a Mates Crates gift box is a delightful experience. The carefully crafted and beautifully presented wooden boxes contain an array of culinary delights, from premium meats and tantalizing sauces to gourmet snacks and locally produced beverages. Each item is carefully selected, adding a personalized touch that resonates with Smokey Q's discerning taste.

Not only does Smokey Q relish the exceptional products within the crates, but also the joy of knowing that the purchase is contributing to the growth of a small business and supporting the local community.

Join the Movement

Mates Crates and Smokey Q together embody the essence of supporting small, local businesses. Their shared philosophy highlights the impact individuals can make by choosing to buy locally and celebrate the unique offerings of their communities.

If you find yourself in Western Australia, make sure to explore Mates Crates and experience the joy of supporting a small business while indulging in an array of delectable, locally sourced treats. Remember, every purchase counts in fostering a strong and vibrant community. Support local, support Mates Crates, and join the movement for a stronger, more sustainable future.




Exploring the Magic of Meat Rubs: What Makes Them Essential for Grilling? - SmokeyQ

Exploring the Magic of Meat Rubs: What Makes Them Essential for Grilling?

Smokey Q are the best rubs for Australian BBQ. We have spent years perfecting our hand-blended rubs and seasonings, discovering the transformative power they hold over grilled meats. From our kitchen to yours, we will explore why these magic dusts are a griller's secret weapon, unveiling the essential role they play in enhancing flavour and texture. Let us dive into this Smokey journey together.

Key Takeaways

  • Smokey Q is an Australian company that aims to inspire chefs & home cooks with their high-quality Australian ingredients and flavourful BBQ rubs.
  • Our products are hand-blended and packaged, gluten-free, and free from MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives, or fillers.
  • Being a chef the founder Paul, was inspired by the flavours of Southern State American BBQ and started Smokey Q after experimenting with these flavour profiles.
  • Smokey Q has grown from five products to over twenty-five dry rubs, salt blends, sauces, and more. They have received amazing reviews from head chefs all over Australia.

Best BBQ Rub

Smokey Qs has the best BBQ rubs in Australia, hand-blended and packed full of bold flavours that will bring out the best in your meat while grilling. No matter what you are cooking up on your BBQ, we have a meat rub that is perfect for it. Our secret? We only use the finest Aussie ingredients to create our unique blends.

We are not just about beef either. From pork to chicken, we have crafted specific meat rubs that Australia can’t get enough of! Our products are so easy to use, just sprinkle them onto your chosen cut of meat before grilling for an explosion of flavour with every bite.

Our mission has always been simple: To inspire the chef within everyone using our superior products, exceeding other BBQ rubs, or seasoning blends on the market. We believe that by doing this, we are bringing families together over delicious meals cooked with love and our mouthwatering meat rubs.

Meat Rubs Australia

In Australia, you will find a wide variety of seasonings for BBQ that can truly transform your cooking experience. We have spent countless hours perfecting our craft, experimenting with different blends to create the finest meat rubs in the region.

Our top three must-haves include:

  1. Smokey Q Beef Rub: This blend is packed full of bold, robust flavours. It is ideal for any cut of beef and is sure to impress at your next BBQ.
  2. Chicken BBQ Rub: Designed specifically for poultry, this rub adds an incredible depth of flavour to chicken that you will not forget.
  3. Ghost Chilli BBQ Rub: For those who like it hot! This blend brings a fiery kick to any meat type, adding an exciting twist to traditional BBQ fare.

These are not just ordinary seasonings, they are carefully crafted expressions of our passion for grilling and Australian cuisine. Each one tells a story and adds a unique character to every dish we create. They are not merely additions to the cooking process, they define it.

Meat Rubs

You will find that our seasonings are not just for enhancing flavour, they are the heart of every BBQ masterpiece you create. We have spent countless hours perfecting our blends, infusing them with a unique Australian twist. From our fiery Ghost Chilli rub to the rich Honey Bacon rub, we have a rub to suit every palate and meat type.

Smokey Q goal is to craft a culinary experience. Our authentic Aussie rubs transform simple meats into succulent dishes bursting with bold flavours. Rubs penetrate deep into the meat, locking in moisture and tenderising while grilling to perfection on your BBQ.

Popular Types of Meat Rubs for Grilling

There is a myriad of popular types for grilling, each adding its unique flavour and aroma to your BBQ experience. As experts in BBQ grilling with a deep understanding of Australian cuisine, we are well-versed in the magic that different meat rubs can bring to the table.

  1. Smokey Q Beef Rub: This is our star player. Infused with native Australian spices, this rub adds a rich, earthy flavour to beef cuts, enhancing their natural juices while giving them an irresistible crust.
  2. Smokey Q Chicken Rub: We've crafted a blend that gives poultry a zesty punch. The combination of herbs and spices keeps chicken moist and tender on the inside while creating a beautifully crispy skin.

We believe that every BBQ experience should be memorable, not just for the delicious food but for the joy it brings people together. With our expertise and passion poured into every bottle, we are confident these rubs will make your next BBQ truly exceptional.

Experimenting With Custom Meat Rubs: A Beginner's Guide

We have some tips to help beginners start experimenting with creating custom BBQ seasonings. As Aussie BBQ enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the thrill of grilling an exquisite piece of meat seasoned to perfection. The key is finding a balance of flavours that suits your palate and complements the meat you are grilling.

Start by selecting base spices that pair well with meat like paprika, black pepper, and garlic powder. Then add secondary spices for complexity such as cumin or coriander. Finally, choose a hint of heat like chili or cayenne pepper. Better still let Smokey Q do all the hard work for you so that you can take all the glory on your next cook.

Base Spices

Secondary Spices

Heat Element




Black Pepper



Garlic Powder

Mustard Powder



Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Story Behind the Creation of Smokey Q Meat Rubs?

We created Smokey Q after being inspired by Southern State American BBQ flavours. We experimented with various blends, aiming for premium quality and unique taste, leading to what we believe are Australia's best BBQ rubs, salts and sauces.

How Does Smokey Q Ensure the Quality of Its Products?

We are committed to quality at Smokey Q. We hand-blend and package our products, using only the finest Aussie ingredients. Our rubs are gluten-free with no MSG or artificial stuff - just pure, bold flavours for your BBQ.

What Are Some of the Awards and Recognitions That Smokey Q Has Received?

We are proud recipients of the prestigious Royal Food Awards, a competition that rewards excellence in WA's food and beverage industry. It is an honour to be recognised as a Grand Champion for our Cold Smoked Honey with Moonshine from Whipper Snapper Distillery.

What Are Some of the Best-Selling Products from Smokey Q?

We are proud of our best-sellers at Smokey Q. They include the Burnt Bees Smoked Honey, Chicken BBQ Rub, Beef BBQ Rub, and Bull's Head BBQ Sauce. Each product elevates your grilling to a whole new level.

How Does Smokey Q Support Local Australian Produce in Its Products?

We are staunch supporters of local Aussie produce. We incorporate the finest Australian ingredients in our rubs, ensuring bold flavours that enhance your grilling experience. It is part of our commitment to inspire every BBQ chef out there.


We have explored the magic of meat rubs and their essential role in grilling. Whether you are a fan of classic BBQ or keen to experiment with unique flavours, there is a rub out there for you. Remember, good grilling is all about balance - the right blend can elevate your dish to new heights. So go on, fire up that grill give that holy grail of a brisket with the charcoal rub a go and let Smokey Q take your BBQ experience from ordinary to extraordinary!

Savour the Flavour: Unveiling the Magic Behind Smokey Q BBQ's Chicken Rub - SmokeyQ

Savour the Flavour: Unveiling the Magic Behind Smokey Q BBQ's Chicken Rub

Uncover the secret behind Smokey Q’s irresistible chicken rub! Dive into a world of flavours and spice up your culinary skills. Savour the magic!
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