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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.

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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. 

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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.




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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!

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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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Smoked Honey Moonshine Collab - SmokeyQ

Smoked Honey Moonshine Collab

When two reputable brands like Smokey Q and Whipper Snapper Distillery come together, it's likely that they've put a lot of thought and expertise into crafting this special blend. The process of making moonshine typically involves distilling a high-proof spirit using fermented grains or other raw materials, and in this case, infused with smoked honey to give it that distinctive character.

What an exciting collaboration! Smoked Honey Moonshine sounds like a unique and flavourful spirit. Combining the distinct flavours of smokey notes with the sweetness of honey in a moonshine could create a delightful and innovative drinking experience.

The resulting product might be enjoyed on its own, sipped slowly to appreciate the complex flavours, or used as a base for creative cocktails that highlight its unique taste profile. It's always fascinating to see what the world of spirits can offer when talented individuals and brands collaborate.

If you get the chance to try the Smoked Honey Moonshine, savour the experience responsibly and celebrate the craftsmanship that went into creating this innovative spirit. Cheers to a successful collaboration!
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Spinifex Brewing Co BBQ + Hampers - SmokeyQ

Spinifex Brewing Co BBQ + Hampers

We are very excited to be ranging the Spinifex Brewing Co “Cable Beach” Sunset Ale in our BBQ Hampers.

The Spinifex Brewing Co. journey began in 2019 with the development of the world’s first native infused craft beer range, Spinifex Brewing Co have rapidly grown to bring the tastes of Western Australia to our community.

They are proud to be supporting a range of local Aborignal farmers who grow and harvest botanicals for Indigenous partner supply organisations; Rivergum and Bin Dam Mie.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture, and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.d.

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Smokey Q Rubs & Sauces feel honoured and are super excited to be involved in our latest Collaboration with Bethesda Softworks for the launch of Arkane Austin’s Redfall and creating the brand new ‘Bite Back’ spice rub. Taste your victories as you join the game’s heroes in taking the fight to the vampire legion laying siege to the island town of Redfall.

The ‘Bite Back Rub’ brings the taste of slain vampires to your table in a 100% natural, gluten free and vegan friendly spice mix. The delectable spice rub comes with a bit of heat and a whole lot of flavour, and while there are no actual vampires in it, the Bite Back Rub includes charcoal powder for that signature Smokey Q taste. The perfect flavour combination whether you’re squadding up and cooking a feast for your teammates, preparing a roasted snack, or slaying alone while adding an ashen flair to your fries.

“At Bethesda ANZ we’ve developed quite a taste for creating new and unique ways for fans to experience our award-winning worlds,” said Simon Alty, VP and Managing Director, Bethesda APAC. “Partnering with Smokey Q allows us to do this in a new way, packing the spice and punch of Arkane’s Redfall into a sachet perfect for gaming sessions after your next weekend barbecue.”

“We were delighted to bring our BBQ expertise to this partnership to create something wholly unique for fans in Australia and New Zealand – whom we know absolutely love their BBQ’s,” said Founder Paul Lange. “Making vampire ash, not only edible but also delicious, was a fantastic challenge, mixing in a variety of spices that’ll ensure anything you add it to tastes more fang-tastic than before.”

Redfall fans hungry for a taste of this limited-edition collaboration should keep an eye on Bethesda ANZ’s social media channels to learn more about how they can win their own pack of Bite Back Rub or order directly from https://www.smokeyq.com.au with all profits going to support Cure Cancer’s blood cancer research.

Redfall will be available on Xbox Series X|S and PC on May 2, 2023. Players can pre-order now or play day one with Game Pass. For more information on the game,


➡ please visit bethesda.net/en/game/redfall







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Ardbeg Collaboration - SmokeyQ

Ardbeg Collaboration

Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned BBQ?

Last year we partnered with https://www.ardbeg.com/en-int 

When it comes to crafting the perfect barbecue experience, there are two essential elements that enthusiasts seek: smokiness and depth of flavour. Inspired by the remarkable characteristics of Ardbeg WEE Beastie whiskey, Smokey Q has embarked on a culinary adventure to create a bespoke BBQ rub that captures the essence of the iconic peaty spirit. Join us as we delve into the world of Smokey Q's Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub, an exquisite blend that brings together the best of both grilling and whiskey enjoyment.

Unleashing the Beast: Ardbeg WEE Beastie Whiskey: Before we dive into the BBQ rub, let's explore the captivating characteristics of Ardbeg WEE Beastie whiskey. This peated single malt Scotch whisky is renowned for its intense smokiness and complex flavours. It takes its name from the legendary "Wee Beastie," a creature believed to inhabit the Ardbeg Distillery on the rugged shores of Islay, Scotland. The WEE Beastie exhibits robust peatiness, combining notes of bonfire smoke, dark chocolate, and a distinctive peppery finish. It's a dram that awakens the senses and leaves an indelible impression.

Capturing the Essence: Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub: With the aim of replicating the mesmerizing flavours of Ardbeg WEE Beastie in a BBQ rub, Smokey Q set out on a quest to create a blend that would transform any backyard grill session into a culinary adventure. The result is the Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub, a bespoke blend that pays homage to the finest aspects of both barbecue and whiskey.

Smokey Q has carefully selected a range of ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of smokiness and peatiness. The foundation of the rub is a combination of high-quality hickory smoked paprika, ensuring a rich and deep smokey flavour. To capture the essence of the Wee Beastie, a medley of spices, including black pepper, cumin, and coriander, add complexity and depth to the rub. Finally, a touch of brown sugar and sea salt brings out the natural flavours of the meat while balancing the smokiness and peatiness.

The Grilling Experience: When applied to your favourite cuts of meat, such as beef brisket, pork ribs, or even grilled vegetables, Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub enhances the natural flavours and infuses them with a delightful fusion of smokiness and peatiness. The aromatic combination takes your taste buds on a journey, evoking memories of roaring bonfires and the distinctive Islay coast.

To achieve the ultimate grilling experience, pair the Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub with a dram of Ardbeg WEE Beastie whiskey. The harmonious union of flavours between the BBQ rub and the peaty whisky elevates the entire culinary affair, creating a sensory symphony of smokey and peaty notes.

Conclusion: Smokey Q's Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub is a testament to the art of blending flavours and the dedication to crafting exceptional culinary experiences. With its carefully curated ingredients and nod to the iconic Ardbeg WEE Beastie whiskey, this bespoke BBQ rub invites grill enthusiasts to embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other. Unleash the beast within your barbecue and savor the remarkable fusion of smokiness and peatiness with Smokey Q's Smokey & Peaty BBQ Rub. It's time to transform your backyard grilling into a true masterpiece.





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Meat Cooking Temperature Chart - SmokeyQ

Meat Cooking Temperature Chart

RARE 49 120
WELL DONE 71 159
GROUND 71 159
PULLED 96 205
BRISKET 98 205/210
COOKED 63 145
HAM 71 159
GROUND 71 195
PULLED 90-96 195-205
RIBS 90-96 195-205
RARE 60 140
MEDIUM RARE 60-65 140-149
WELL DONE 75 167
PULLED 96 205
LEG WHOLE 62 145
DARK MEAT 79 174
TURKEY 135 275
DUCK 75 167
COOKED 63 145
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5 Unforgettable BBQ Chicken Recipes - SmokeyQ

5 Unforgettable BBQ Chicken Recipes

5 Unforgettable BBQ Chicken Recipes


There are many instances in the life of a bland food-fearing human, where you need to cook a meal, but you aren’t prepared or have not planned for it. 


In these situations, as in so many others, we must turn to the saviour, our master, the sensei to our culinary efforts, Smokey Q  and the trusted, ever-reliable Barbeque or Barbie.


Too many times when partaking in a barbeque, we are subjected to bland, overcooked chicken, whether our own barbecue or someone else’s.

 A BBQ is a time-honoured Aussie tradition, friends and families gather for a delicious cook-up under the summer sun. However, during this BBQ, the barbecuer carelessly throws their chicken, the lord of all meats, onto their barbeque, with little to no seasoning whatsoever. This results in a bland, uncomfortable and chewy chicken.

 And just like that, a barbeque is ruined.

 This is because the BBQ chicken is king; steaks and sausages are his subjects. Therefore to ruin a chicken is to ruin the entire barbecue. However, to nail the chicken results in a beautiful, perfect day out for the family, complete with delicious food. To ensure that this is the case, we turn to Smokey Q. If the chicken is the king, Smokey Q and his rubs and Sauces are the king's robes, ensuring he is always cloaked in flavourful gold. Below we will lay out five BBQ Chicken Recipes that require minimal effort but guarantee maximum flavour.


Four of these recipes are beautifully simple, and one a little more involved with slightly more preparation, giving you a variety of choices whatever the barbecuing situation. All of these BBQ Chicken Recipes ensure you will never get caught looking down at a plate thinking, What If? What if I just trusted my gut and purchased SQ Sauces or Rubs? Well, then you wouldn’t be stuck with bland and unseasoned chicken. What if I had just saved, downloaded, or screenshot one of these recipes for BBQ Chicken? Well, then you would be a master barbecuer, prepared to BBQ the perfect chicken in all circumstances. And if you have just realised your mistake and need some Smokey Q products urgently, or if you open the pantry and despair because you have used all of your Smokey Q rubs, don’t worry, we have express shipping, and delivery times are very prompt.


Chicken for a BBQ

As mentioned, a BBQ, barby q or Barbie is a quintessential Aussie tradition that has provided delicious food for our families for generations. Whether at Christmas, a birthday, just some mates getting together, a family gathering, or even just a solo BBQ for your enjoyment, this charring of deliciously crispy meat is one of the cultural traditions that connects our communities and loved ones.

In the world of Barbecuing, there is no more incredible feeling than devouring a crispy and tender piece of Chicken. The crispy skin bursting with mouthfuls of flavourful juices is the primary reason that we love a big family barbie. Juicy steak or slow-cooked pork ribs are wonderful meats in their own right, however, they are not as universally appreciated as a perfectly barbecued chicken.


Which Cut of Chicken is best for BBQ?

At Smokey Q, we understand that the glory of chicken takes many different forms. Different variations of barbecued Chicken always take the centrepiece of any bipartisan barbeque. In this way, a well-done chicken can make a barbecue for the ages, however an under seasoned or overcooked chicken can make you the laughingstock of the gathering. The quality of the barbecue rests on the quality of the chicken. This responsibility to create a perfectly tender, crispy chicken can be overwhelming.


Because where do you start? The list of options is very long, Butterflied Chicken, Maryland, whole spinning chickens, voluptuous breasts or juicy thick thighs, meat on sticks to crisp wings and drumsticks. So many options, so many recipes, the cuts and combinations are never ending. It can be overwhelming to decide exactly which is the best chicken recipe for your BBQ. However here at Smokey Q, we would hate for you not to feel like you did not have this under control.


Because the skills required to master a perfect chicken are not, in fact, godly.

A mere mortal can achieve the same crispiness and delightful flavours that you see on a cooking show, or in a magazine. Simply follow our recipes to ensure that every time you go out to the barbecue you are plating up golden crispy goodness.


We revere a tender chicken breast, juicy and seasoned to perfection, however we also understand the beauty of a quick and easy crispy chicken drumstick, zesty, spicy and aromatic. Our recipes account for all of these varieties, giving you the perfect range of skills to create a barbeque that will go down in history.


Barbecuing Chicken with Smokey Q

Finally, the key to any chicken, whether a quickly prepared drumstick or a lovingly marinated breast, is the flavour. This is where Smokey Q rubs and sauces come in. These perfectly balanced, original and unquestionably premium Aussie BBQ rubs and sauces will turn your chicken and your barbecue from a possible failure, into a legendary cook-up. When combined with any chicken cut, these rubs and sauces can elevate your barbecuing chicken powers to a godly level.


The Smokey Q rubs and sauces will mean that the next time you proudly don your cricket cap, your footy jumper, slide into your favourite pair of flip flops and head out to the BBQ, you can be completely confident in your ability to cook the perfect chicken. Or when the kids are yelling, “mum I’m hungry”, you can reassure your motherly instincts, knowing that they will be served a BBQ chicken of the highest quality.


To conclude, these recipes give you the ability to create a mesmerising barbecued chicken that will go down in Australian folklore for years, if not centuries to come.


So without further ado, here are 5 ways to create unrivalled barbecued chicken, the envy of all your fellow barbecuers


The best Recipes with Chicken for the BBQ

The recipes to follow have come from depths of   All that is required is a quick easy and affordable marinade or rub  in any of Smokey Q’s rubs and sauces, such as  


  1. Sweet BBQ Chicken Tenders with West Australian Smoked Honey
  2. Tangy BBQ Drumsticks with Sriracha BBQ Sauce
  3. Beautiful Korean BBQ Drumsticks With Zesty Australian Salt Blend
  4. American-style char grilled BBQ Thighs with premium Bulls Head BBQ sauce
  5. Crispy baked Chicken Wings with Spicy Chipotle


The ridiculously diverse range of flavours that are presented by this chicken breast recipe are something that must be tasted to be believed. The combinations of siracha for that spicy tang, a little dash of garlic, some lemon and pepper, make this breast an absolute necessity for any gathering in which you would like to flex your barbecuing muscles.


The blend of flavours are topped off with Smokey Qs Burnt Bees Smoked   of pure, Smokey West Australian honey, fired, smoked and packed with the essence of native Murray River Redgum wood chips. This extra dash of Aussie goodness elevates the breast to a new level. This is no ordinary chicken breast. It is a symphony of flavours that were meant to be together, bringing out the best in the chicken, and turning an average BBQ into an experience that will be remembered by all your mates, your kids, as the day they were “awakened” to the wonders of Smokey Q Barbecued Chicken.


Sweet BBQ Chicken Tenders with West Australian Smoked Honey




Honey BBQ Chicken Recipe Method:

Here's what you need to do:

  • Use a large zip lock plastic bag and add your chicken breasts tenders.
  • In a separate bowl, add your ingredients, including smoked honey, barbecue sauce, a drizzle of lemon juice, SPG salt blend and Bulls Head BBQ Sauce, making your ultimate BBQ chicken marinade.
  • Then, pour the mixture inside the plastic bag over the chicken breast tenders.
  • Seal the bag tightly and then shake the bag, ensuring the chicken is evenly coated with the ingredients.
  • Put the bag in the fridge for at least an hour for marination. We recommend keeping the bag overnight in the fridge for extra delicious chicken tenders, but even an hour is enough if you run out of time.
  • Once you are prepared to cook your chicken, preheat the outdoor grill at medium-high heat. Grill your chicken for at least 8 minutes. Flip the chicken at the 4-minute mark to ensure it's cooked evenly.
  • Once your chicken is cooked, simply garnish it with your fresh herbs, and you are ready to serve your delicious, sweet, and tangy chicken.


Tangy BBQ Drumsticks with Sriracha Sauce


This powerful ensemble is bound to rock the Kasbah, the chicken drumsticks created from this recipe leaving you shocked in their simplicity. The time-honoured chicken drumstick is a beautiful thing, hand held delivery for maximal ease when you need to quickly and efficiently stuff your face full of flavourful, crispy chicken.


When speed and efficiency is vital, a drumstick provides you with an easy option for a quick and nutritious meal, whereas on the bone chicken usually takes hours to ensure proper variety of tastes.


With this recipe, you can create the perfect drumstick in a short amount of time without sacrificing any flavour whatsoever.

These BBQ drumsticks are quick to prepare, and results in mouth-watering golden brown chicken, with an unrivalled range of flavours, revolving around distinctive tastes such as zesty sumac interwoven with bold paprika, coriander and oregano contrasting wonderfully with the tender sweetness of brown sugar, the mild tang of a kaffir lime.


Normally this range of flavours would require hours of preparation, however they are all available in our one Smoky Q BBQ Rub. A quick and easy dry marination of the drumsticks in this Smokey BBQ Chicken Rub creates a BBQ drumstick that is astonishing in its flavours, and ridiculously easy in its preparation. A must have recipe in any Australian cookbook, and a must have chicken rub on the shelf on any Australian pantry.





  • Use the Smokey Q chicken Rub blend to season your drumsticks.
  • Let the drumsticks dry marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge. This will dry the skin out helping the ensure crispy skin.
  • Pre-heat BBQ or over to 200c for 30 mins then drop heat back too 170c and cook for about another 15 mins until golden brown
  • 10 mins before removing from BBQ or oven give them a good lashing of Sriracha BBQ sauce to glaze them well.



Korean and Aussie BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Zesty Australian Salt Blend


Some of us prefer to be slightly more multicultural in our meal preferences. A particular option that has risen to popularity recently is Korean BBQ chicken. It is a much-loved dish in many Australian households; however, the fact remains that not all Korean BBQ chickens are created equal. This is a dish that requires commitment and determination to perfect.


However, when you taste a Korean drumstick that is seasoned to perfection, tender and juicy with the perfect balance of flavours, it takes your taste buds on an unforgettable journey to the smoky streets of Korea, to the flavours and experience of a true Asian cuisine.


Our Spin on this international sensation is like a beautiful cultural melting pot combining historic Korean and Aussie ingredients to create a beautifully balanced and multicultural chicken dish. Olive oil, sesame seeds, ginger and sriracha combined with parsley and rice wine vinegar to create an irresistible BBQ chicken experience.

The finishing touch is a pinch of Smoky Q  zesty salt blend, giving the chicken a signature zestiness of Australian salt, lemon myrtle and garlic.


Korean BBQ chicken has become a household name in Australia, however through this recipe you can harness the full power of the Korean BBQ, and combine it with some signature Aussie zestiness, one of Smokey Q’s unique creations, to create a delightfully flavoursome Korean/Australian BBQ chicken.



  • 1 KG of chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of sriracha or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • Smokey Q Zesty Salt to taste



  • Start with preheating your oven to a temperature of 200c.
  • To make your delicious sauce, take a bowl and mix your soy sauce, ginger, sriracha, garlic, sesame oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, and olive oil together.
  • Place your chicken drumsticks on a baking dish.
  • Pour the sauce gently over every drumstick. Make sure to flip the pieces and pour the sauce again, so the chicken is completely covered in the sauce.
  • Then, in the oven, simply bake your chicken for at least 20 minutes. Brush the chicken with the sauce again after 20 minutes and let it cook for at least another 15 minutes. This will ensure the chicken is juicy and cooked well.
  • Once done, take out your chicken and garnish it with some sesame seeds and chopped coriander and fresh sliced chilli.
  • Then, sprinkle some of your zesty salt over the chicken.
  • Let the chicken rest for a couple of minutes, and now it's ready to serve.


American-style char grilled Chicken Thighs with premium Bulls Head BBQ sauce


In contrast to the delicate flavours of a well-seasoned Korean drumstick, another style of BBQ chicken is the bold explosion of tastes presented in an American style sticky BBQ chicken with our Trademark Bulls Head Sauce. This recipe is based around Smokey  Q’s honest, powerful and unflinching American-style BBQ sauce, with hints of tamarind and vinegar. This base provides the depth of flavour from which to build a unique and delicious American BBQ chicken with Smokey Qs sauce, giving that underlying BBQ sauce flavour, developing a rich array of mouth-watering sensations straight out of America's deep south. Charred on a BBQ to give it a crispy, crunchy and Smokey finish, this variety of BBQ chicken is a full-on assault of beautiful salty sweet tangs. A punchy combination of rich American flavours and unique, chargrilled Aussie crunch, based around Smokey Qs distinctive Bulls Head Sauce, this is an unbeatable BBQ option for any gathering.

For that true American flavour we added a few nips of good Bourbon to our BBQ Sauces for glazing to give it that deep rich flavours loved in the deep South of the USA.





  • Pre-Heat the oven or BBQ to 200c.
  • Place your Chicken in a roasting tray, and then season it with your Honey & Bacon Rub, let it sit for 10 mins prior to cooking.
  • Then cook on 200c until it get some good colour on skin then reduce heat too 170c until cooked through.
  • Put some Bulls Head BBQ sauce and Bourbon in a bowl and mix well.
  • Before removing from oven or BBQ give them a generous glaze of the bourbon and BBQ Sauce to give them that sweet stick glaze.



Sweet BBQ Chicken Wings with Spicy Chipotle Rub


Finally there are the chicken wings, another vital component in any good barbecuers recipe book. The wings of the chicken can provide an awesome crunch and beautiful crispiness, however they must be prepared properly. A soggy or under seasoned chicken wing is a thing of nightmares, however a crunchy, spicy chicken wing is the stuff dreams are made of. To properly prepare a chicken wing, spice is the absolute key. Deciding on the correct spice can be a difficult thing, however we have the perfect combination of flavours already in our chipotle rub , packed into a small accessible bag, ready to be delicately sprinkled over the perfect chicken wing. Spicy, sweet chipotle goodness with chilli flakes, garlic and onion, topped off with smoky, beautiful paprika. The beauty of a good chicken wing lies in its simplicity, and this chicken wing recipe is ridiculously easy to remember, however the crispy, spicy crunch provided by Smokey Qs chipotle rub is an experience that is impossible to forget.




  • Preheat your oven or BBQ to 210c
  • Put your chicken wings in a large bowl and drizzle some olive oil over them.
  • Sprinkle the chipotle rub on the chicken wings and make sure they are coated well.
  • Place the chicken on the baking rack in the oven and let them cook for at least 30 mins on 210c.
  • Turn your chicken and let it cook further for 20 mins on 180c
  • Cook the chicken until it is slightly crispy and golden.
  • Before removing from oven or BBQ give them a good baste with the Bulls Head BBQ Sauce for that extra sweet spicy kick


Bottom Line

The key to becoming a master BBQer lies in the Seasonings and Sauces used place selecting the best ingredients. With the knowledge contained above, you can enter any family dinner party, Christmas gathering, night on the beach, any casual cook-up, knowing that you have the full knowledge and skills to master the important art of barbecuing a chicken. Whenever your friend drops the subtle hint that it might be time for some chicken, you can bring out your glorious, crispy chicken breast adorned in a wonderfully diverse range of Korean spices, or your powerfully charred American style BBQ chicken. Perhaps you will opt for a beautifully spicy, smokey South American inspired chipotle wing. The barbecuing world belongs to the master of the barbecued chicken. However, the key ingredient in all of the above recipes is the harnessing of powerful flavours to compliment the beautiful texture of a juicy chicken. These flavours, or mixtures of flavour, are all provided in our Smokey Q BBQ sauces and rubs. The distinctly Australian flavours that are available in all of our products give the power of the barbecue to you, with a simple bag or jar packed full of distinctive flavours. If your mouth is watering and your stomach rumbling for some delicate, powerful, beautifully seasoned BBQ chicken, then resist no longer. Our website  is waiting, and in the products section you will find all the rubs and sauces required to become a BBQ chicken master.





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Advantages of Using Smokey Q BBQ Rubs

Advantages of Using Dry BBQ Rubs

The big advantage of dry rubs, and the reason we love using them so much, is that they don't add any additional moisture to the exterior of a piece of meat the way that a marinade does. Whenever you apply heat to chicken thighs, pork chops, or any other piece of protein, the moisture on the surface needs to evaporate before a sear can start to develop, so dousing them in liquid beforehand doesn't make a whole lot of sense. A dry rub—which is, naturally, dry—is going to put you on a faster track to the beautifully-caramelised crust you're after.

But while a dry rub is our preferred pre-cooking treatment for meat, there's nothing wrong with incorporating a liquid element after you've gotten some browning going. We love glaze, we use our cold smoked honey and barbecue sauce, onto during the last few minutes that they're on the BBQ, creating layers of complex, concentrated flavour.

That’s not to say a dry-rubbed piece of protein needs a secondary element. It doesn’t. If you balance all of the elements of a dry-rub correctly, that aggressively seasoned crackly exterior will hold its own. And by hold its own, we mean make you forget about marinades all together. Which you probably should do.

The four Ss

A good rub is like a good orchestra, it has a range of instruments to play all the notes in harmony. They are:

Sugar. Sweetness is a common addition because it is a flavour enhancer it helps browning and crust and bark formation.

Savoury. We speak of savoury as being a pleasant smell or taste, but in the culinary arts, savory flavours come from amino acids called glutamates, green herbs, some spices, garlic, and other flavourings.

Spices and herbs. Not all of them work on all foods, but the spice rack is full of great flavours. Paprika is often included, not so much for flavour as for colour.

Spicy. Hot pepper sensations, often called spicy flavours, are often in rubs because they add excitement, but go easy, not everyone likes it as hot as you do. Black pepper is common, so are ground hot peppers such as cayenne or chipotle. Ginger, horseradish, and mustard powder also fit in this category. 


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