Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A great flavor experience

BBQ means for me to try new things... it's a long journey with a lot of experiments. My latest experiments ended up in a new rub called Apple Kiss.

Due to the fact that I've allergic reactions to raw apples I always look for possibilites to treat them because I really like to eat them... but I prefer it to have no issues later. So I did some tests with dried apples, which worked fine... those dried apple rings brought the idea to my mind that they could be ground now... and then you can make a rub with that powder... that's what I did and after a few steps this new rub was born.

I was sure that it would go perfectly with babyback ribs (you also use apple juice as a mopping liquid) and so all the tests were done with ribs to bring it to its final composition. To intensivate the flavor experience I additionally made a glaze which's based on apple juice...

Sounds like a lot of apple... but the result is awesome... it's a thing which's more on the sweet side but it's absolutely delicious...

I also made another test run with pig cheeks... two with Cherry Kiss rub and a cherry glaze, two with Apple Kiss rub and an apple glaze... both came out fantastic with the apple one being a bit more on the sweet side...

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Dried apple rings

Apple Kiss

Rubbed ribs

What a nice shine on them...

A nice smoke ring

Pig cheeks with two different flavors (left: Cherry Kiss, right: Apple Kiss)