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So I egged some chicken tenders tonight. Half were seasoned with tsunami spin and half were seasoned with plowboys yard bird. The wife and mom complained that both seasonings were too spicy but I loved em both. Any suggestions on a sweetish-neutral rub for chickens. I have tried raging river and was relatively underwhelmed but the family may like it. Any thoughts welcome.


  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,628
    edited January 2013
    Pretty sure the women will like ragging river. A little bland to me


  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,293
    Try Memphis BBQ Company's general purpose rub.  It's in this recipe.

    I know it's not the exact recipe Melissa Cookston uses in competition when she is kicking everyone's butts and winning world championships, but it has more of a sweet than heat profile.  I like it for a general purpose rub.
    Knoxville, TN
    Nibble Me This
  • EggRacerEggRacer Posts: 400
    John Henry's Pecan Rub.
    North Richland Hills, TX
  • rholtrholt Posts: 384
    Okay. I was waiting for someone to recommend a John Henry rub as that is what my local guy has a lot of.
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,872
    Try the Greek rub from John Henry. We use it constantly on chicken.
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    Or just make up a sweet for chicken rub, there are thousands of 'em out there - or keep buying the overpriced stuff we all fill our spice cabinets with...
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,559
    John Henry has a bourbon rub that is fantastic on chicken and the Texas pig rub is a good general purpose rub.
  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    Dizzy Gourmet Whirlybird
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,738
    The JH Pecan rub is very good. But you can make your own: Coffee Rub (turkey, chicken, beef & pork) Equal part: Instant Expresso Ground coffee Equal part: Brown Sugar ½ part: Black Pepper ½ part: Kosher Salt ½ part: Garlic Powder ¾ part: Ancho Chili Powder Don't worry on exact, just close on measurement. I used to use turbinado sugar but we like with brown better. This is pulled from MollyShark, Hungry Man, & Richard In Fl then tweaked. I find the ancho chili powder is far less expensive in the bulk spice area than the bottled area ( have used both light or dark version). I make it starting with a half cup Instant Expresso Ground coffee and work from there as it seems to store well if sealed.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • I really like the BGE Garlic/Black Pepper.


    Ernie McClain

    Scottsbluff, Nebraska

    (in the extreme western panhandle of NE)

  • rholtrholt Posts: 384
    Hmm. Thanks for the suggestions. I would love to make the coffee rub. Might find a good general rub first then branch out once I have mastered the meats with it.
  • Cluck and Squeal is good on chicken.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,002
    tsunami spin isnt all that spicy as in heat at all. i would cook it again, only make half the batch swamp venom, then ask if the tsunami is too spicey
  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,335
    Pretty sure the women will like ragging river. 
    Freudian typo?   :D
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • Try Cluck and Squeal.  Nice flavor profile, no heat (i add Texas Select Rattlesnake Dust for heat).  C&S is made by a fellow egger from Canada.  Email either Hornhonk or me for more info, if interested.  
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • EggRacerEggRacer Posts: 400
    The Pecan Rub is a light tasting, somewhat sweet rub yet not overly sweet. I also like John Henry's Lemon Pepper with Garlic rub. There's no heat there, just a lot of flavor.
    North Richland Hills, TX
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,721
    add some turbinado sugar and use less of the rubs with heat.  turbinado has a better tolerance for higher grilling temps than table sugar. ACGP, Inc.
  • rholtrholt Posts: 384
    tjv said:

    add some turbinado sugar and use less of the rubs with heat.  turbinado has a better tolerance for higher grilling temps than table sugar.  

    That is an idea as I did layer it on pretty thick. Thanks for all the great responses.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986

    Cluck and Squeal is good on chicken.


    Is that from the restaurant by that name?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • henapple said:
    Cluck and Squeal is good on chicken.
    juJu Is that from the restaurant by that name?
    I don't know about the restaurant but the company is out of Canada and a fellow egghead. 

    Welcome to the Swamp.....GO GATORS!!!!
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,162
    Traeger Sweet Rub is well liked by my distaff family members.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE (gave this one to my daughter), MBGE and lots of toys

  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,590
    I always keep it simple and homemade for chicken.Equal parts bay leaf,corriander and fennel seed ground in a coffee grinder.Maybe a little less bay than the other two as it is a bit stonger.
    Saw this on food network years ago and it great and cheap for all chicken,im having it on chicken breast tonight!

    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol ****? 

    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,535
    Butcher BBQ honey rub is mild as well. Dizzy Pig red eye express is also a coffe based rub. John Henry has several good ones without a lot of bite.
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