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Jan 6, 2009 10:16 AM

Rubs and sauces for smoked ribs

I am smoking some ribs this weekend, and I am looking for a place in toronto to buy rubs and sauces. My usual supplier is from the US, and it is too late for the order to arrive by Friday night.

Any good suggestions out there? I have a true offset smoker, therefore I am not looking for imitation smoke type products. I am just looking for good rubs and sauces for pork ribs.

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  1. Bruno's has a variety, but I've never used any of them.

    1. Buster Rhino's has been mentioned several times here. I've never tried their products so I can't comment on the quality, although others here have responded favorably to them. The owner is also a poster here.

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      1. re: TexSquared

        I've used Buster Rhino's rubs for the last year or so, I totally recommend their butt rub, I found their rib rub a little sweet. If you call ahead they can sell it in bulk for around $7 per kg (at least that's what it was the last time I bought it). Sure beats the $7-$10 per bottle you'll pay for US rubs at a BBQ specialty store....... Their bottles of rub are around $3 if you only need a small quantity.

        1. re: Dr Butcher

          Are Buster Rhino's rubs available anywhere in Toronto? Their website doesn't show any retail locations in the GTA.

          Have you tried their barbecue sauces? Any good?

          1. re: Tatai

            The Buster Rhino sauce seems to come into Costco every spring/summer. I prefer the basic sauce to any other brands I can buy, but they are all a bit sweet for my taste.
            As for dry rubs, I wouldn't mind driving to Whitby for a kilo at $7, and picking up take out ribs and pulled pork from the counter, then driving to the lakefront .5 km away.

            Buster Rhino's
            2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

            1. re: jayt90

              I couldn't figure this out from their website: So it is a restaurant, but with counter service only or is dine-in, as well? How's the food?

              1. re: Tatai

                It is basically a take out counter with two or three tables. It's located in an industrial strip, close to 401. People coming in will pick up small orders, charcoal, or larger orders for commercial or catering use. I described the food that I have sampled in the link above. Other CH'ers have said they really like the ribs and pulled pork. Buster is easily accessible either behind the counter or from the large commercial kitchen in back.
                I like to take my take out meal two blocks south, left turn, to a wonderful bird sanctuary with woods and marsh. (Thickson's Woods)

      2. Try Williams-Sonoma. They have nice rubs. Even better....I picked up their book, "grilling essentials" & it has the best rubs you can make yourself at home. Memphis style Ribs, Creole Beef Back, Kansas City Ribs. All the rubs are really easy to make at home. Dry rub ingredients will cost under $7 from Bulk Barn. Wet rubs will be under $10 for all ingredients. I tried the Memphis ribs which required 3 hrs of smoking and I was impressed with the recipe for the rubs.

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        1. re: hbada

          Sobies bar bq /gas grill store (not the grocery chain) , 162 Willowdale.. Also Grill Time on Laird

          1. re: hbada

            I have to second WS, even though its expensive, they are very good rubs. If that is too expensive for you, here is a recipe for the all purpose red rub from my fave place for BBQ, Dinosaur BBQ in New york state.

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            1. I agree with the posters who say you should make your own sauce and rub. You'll get much fresher, bigger flavours that way and can tailor it to suit your tastes precisely. After all a good cut of meat deserves fresh herbs and spices.

              However, if you wish to purchase you'll find that the Instant Caterer in the basement of the SLM has a fairly large selection. If you wish to go the homemade route, I'd be happy to point out a few helpful recipe websites and stores where you can get fresher than normal ingredients.