Product Review: Mad Hunky Hot Whang Rub and Poultry Brine

Rich Tirpak, owner of Mad Hunky Meats, recently sent me some of his brines and rubs to try out.  From what I’ve been reading on forums and BBQ blogs, the Mad Hunky products have been making a name for themselves in both the competition circuit and amateur  “back porch” arenas.  Here is a bit of info Rich provided about his products:

All Mad Hunky products are MSG and peanut free, and gluten free with the exception of the Hot Whang!, and the gluten is minuscule in that product.

Mad Hunky General Purpose Rub
A quality ingredient meat rub that works well with all meats, and even as a vegetable/side dish seasoning. Mild heat, low in salt and sugar.

Mad Hunky No Salt
Same formulation as the GP rub, but no added salt. Allows the customer to use as much or little salt as they desire.

Mad Hunky Poultry Brine
A phosphate based savory brine that makes over-brining impossible, and dry poultry a thing of the past. Aromatic seasonings burst forth- and uses dehydrated honey for the sweet… NO SUGAR!

Mad Hunky Pork Brine
Similar to the Poultry in the base, but different seasonings to complement pork chops, loins, roasts. The meat will literally drip when cut to serve. And sugar.

Mad Hunky Hot Whang!
A spicy rub developed for wings, but can be used on any meat you’d like a ZING with. It’s designed to give a crispy crust with a straight grilled/smoked finish, or a gooey sauce type coating if panned and covered when cooking is complete.

The other night I had a chance to try both the Poultry Brine and Hot Whang! rub on some chicken wings.  I brined about 5 lbs of wings in a 2 gallon back with 1/2 cup of the poultry brine and 2 quarts of water.  I let them sit in the fridge for about 18 hours and then rubbed them down with the Hot Whang! rub.  Next, I fired up the Grill Dome kamado and got the temp stabilized around 300°.  I grilled them over direct heat and flipped them about every 15 minutes.  My goal was to keep the temp around 300°, but my kamado cooked a little hotter than what I was aiming for so the wings were done in 45 minutes.

Though Rich recommended to spray them occasionally with a 50-50 white vinegar / water spray, I opted not to do that because I wanted a baseline for how good these wings would be with just the brine and rub.  The meat of the wings were full of flavor and only had a hint of saltiness, which wouldn’t have been the case with a lot of other brines if brined for 18 hours like I did…  Also, the skin had a gorgeous light brown color and had a just a bit of crisp to it.  My wife actually said it reminded her of skin on a rotisserie chicken.

As far as heat goes, they had a nice kick, but really only if you ate 3 or 4 wings straight and didn’t take a breather in between 🙂  I think next time if I want to crank up the heat on them, I’ll dust them one last time 10 minutes or so before I pull them from the grill.  Overall, they turned out great and my wife claimed they were the “best wings I’ve ever had and they didn’t even need sauce”.  That’s saying a lot b/c a LOT of BBQ makes it’s way though our home 🙂  And as usual, pics and video below.  Enjoy!

You can purchase the Mad Hunky products on their website.

Mad Hunky Poultry Brine and Hot Whang Rub Review

Mad Hunky Poultry Brine and Hot Whang Rub Review


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8 Responses to Product Review: Mad Hunky Hot Whang Rub and Poultry Brine

  1. Curious Aardvark October 13, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    You want to get hold of some of the GP rub. I’ve been hooked since rich invented it.
    As a rule I make all my own rubs – but the MH is almost impossible to duplicate because of the quality of ingredients rich uses. So I have to get the stuff shipped over to england !
    And trust me – the postage is ALWAYs more than the rub.

    Good review 🙂
    And great looking wings.

    • Steve October 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

      Rich actually sent me some of the GP rub too, I just haven’t decided what I want to try it on yet 🙂

      Thanks for checking out the review-

    • Steve November 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Hey man, I noticed your comment on the site about me neglecting to give proper credit to the brine for the juiciness of the wings. You are absolutely correct. I failed to do that in the video and it was unintentional. I’m cooking a turkey soon in the kamado and won’t forgot to give credit where credit is due this time around! 🙂

      I will say though (and I’m sure you’re very well aware of this…) that ceramic cookers crank out some of the most, if not THE most, tender/juicy meat possible. With Rich’s brine though, it took it to the next level of amazingness! (yep, just made up that word…) 🙂

  2. HawgHeaven October 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I have been using Mad Hunky products since the beginning. His General Purpose Rub is outstanding, and is very modifiable to suit different applications. The brines and Hot Whang Rub are equally as good. If you haven’t tried them, you must do so… Thanks Rich!!

  3. Richtee October 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Thanks for trying out the Hot Whang! and poultry brine Steve. Glad it had wife approval ;{) If there’s anything else I can do for you let me know, and hope you enjoy the GP rub and the pork brine as well..

    Rich “The Mad Hunky”

  4. Ron V October 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    You will never go wrong when you use the finest ingredients! Rich has used his considerable expertise and unwavering commitment to quality to produce an entire line of incredible products, The Mad Hunky is no one hit wonder, every product will dramatically enhance your culinary adventures, We recently did a 50 lb pig that had been liberally injected with the Mad Hunky Pork Brine and then generously rubbed with Mad Hunky General Purpose Rub. Unbelievably moist and flavorful! We filled the other rack of the Lang with 18 lbs of Mad Hunky Hot Whangs. I have never seen 18lbs of wing disappear so quickly! I agree with your wife… Best Wings Ever! The Mad Hunky Poultry Brine made them very moist. I was hooked on the Mad Hunky products after my first use because I recognized the quality of the ingredients. I stopped fiddling with my own recipe and just have Rich “Send another order to Canada”. He nailed …so I don’t have to! Thanks Rich!
    Great job on the video Steve, clear and concise, and a great evaluation of the product!

  5. George Stocks October 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm #


    Thank you for turning my meal into one delicious unforgettable meal. It tuned me into a greedy eater, however, I did end up sharing with my kidsthey too loved it. Delicious!!!!!

  6. Kubota October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I have used the Poultry Brine, GP Rub, and Pork Brine with great success (and no left overs!). I have the Hot Whang in my arsenal to be used in the near future.
    Great quality products.

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