The BBQ spice mix is smokey, complex and has a little bit of heat without being too spicy. A lot of spice rubs will already contain salt and sugar. I prefer to season my food with salt and sugar separately and then use as much of the spice rub as I like without worrying about over or under seasoning my food.
The barbecue sauce is a nice balance of salty, sweet, spicy and tangy and with a lot of complexity. The heat can be tweaked slightly based on the hot sauce you choose but I opted for Valentina’s which is a nice mild Mexican hot sauce that features plenty of Arbol chillies which adds to the smokiness to the sauce. Feel free to tweak recipe amounts to your tastes. If you like it sweet, up the sugar, tangier – more vinegar.