Take your taste buds on a trip across the country this July 4th with BBQ Rubs of the States ($TBA). This set includes four reusable tins packed with dry rubs of your choice, each meant to capture the taste and essence of a certain city — like Kansas City beef or pork rib, Santa Maria tri tip roast, or Lexington, NC slow-smoked pulled pork. Best when served with beer.
Are you ready to declare war on your taste buds? Defcon Sauces ($6-$40) can help you prepare for attack. This line of seasonings ranges from a relatively mild Buffalo-style wing sauce all the way up to the ZERO Sludge extract, which comes with a "Use with caution" warning, with stops for Asian-style sauces and Habanero Horseradish in between. Just remember to use them wisely, lest your guests decide to declare war on your kitchen. [Thanks, Dave]
Some sauces are simply made to set your mouth on fire — but this isn't the case with Dragon's Blood Elixir ($8). Made in small numbered batches from various peppers with a hint of local apple cider thrown in for good measure, it's a sure-fire cure for bland food — it even says so right on the label.