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Denny Mikes 'Cue Lover's 9 pack Review

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Denny Mikes 'Cue Lover's 9 pack.

dennymike9paclowDennis Michael Sherman was given the nickname DennyMike by his mother when he was a boy. It turns out the nickname was not great for a good-ole Yankee. It worked well when he started learning the fine art of Texas style BBQ from Charlie Arriaga who was from East Texas. The flavors and lessons learned starting in early 1970's is put to use in DennyMike products which are small batch produced by Dennis in Maine.

We tried out the DennyMike 9 pack gift set aptly named the Cue Lover It contained four sauces and five tins of assorted rubs and seasonings.

First off, the packaging was very nice. The labels are colorful, fun to look over and the set included a nice recipe booklet. It is defiantly geared as a cool gift item.

dennymiketinlowDon't let that scare off "serious" que lovers. This gift set is packed with real flavor. My group of testers leaned towards the Sweet 'n Spicy sauce. It's not too sweet and had a medium heat level. The Carolina Sauce was a close second. The Hot 'n Nasty sauce was hot but with flavor. The Mesquit-O Madness Sauce has a nice mesquite underlying flavor. We used the rubs on assorted grilled items and I have to say that I personally loved the Fintastic seafood rub which I tried on shrimp and tilapia.

I also appreciated the tips for use and food parings on the labels. DennyMike does a great job combining small batch flavors with the look of big time consumer packaging while maintaining a fun feel.

Info:  DennyMikes 207-591-5084 ● www.dennymikes.com

Photos and story by Kent & Ally Whitaker
(Note: Articles originally appeared in the December, 2011 Issue of the National Barbecue News.)

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