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The Collaboration Between This Atlanta Chef and Rapper T-Pain Is Straight Fire

Chef Meherwan Irani collaborated with rapper T-Pain to create a trio of wing dry rubs launching on Black Friday

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Atlanta chef Chef Meherwan Irani holding a plate of wings and rapper T-Pain laugh together while having their photos taken for a new Spicewalla spice collection collaboration.
Chef Meherwan Irani and rapper T-Pain.
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

After offering cooking lessons to Ludacris last year as part of the Atlanta rapper’s Discovery Plus special “Luda Can’t Cook”, James Beard award-winning chef Meherwan Irani (Chai Pani) recently collaborated with another rap artist and entrepreneur to create a trio of wing dry rubs.

Irani and Grammy award–winning rapper T-Pain joined forces to concoct three rubs for the chef’s spice company Spicewalla, which are set to hit the market on Black Friday. The collaborative spice blends from this dynamic duo are being dubbed a “Magic City-worthy [wing] flavor explosion.”

Here’s the flavor breakdown:

Sugar Daddy
A honey garlic rub made with brown sugar and honey and hints of garlic with kicks of red pepper and cayenne. Irani and T-Pain also say this wing mix is good sprinkled on grilled salmon and roasted sweet potatoes.

The Juice
A pineapple habanero rub blend that’s tangy with hints of sweet heat from brown sugar and minced jalapeno. Beyond wings, Irani and T-Pain recommend using this mix on grilled steak or stirred into a Bloody Mary.

Straight Fire
A Buffalo-style rub made with a smoky and spicy blend of smoked paprika, Kashmiri chilli powder, garlic, onion, and cayenne, offering a slow building heat on the palate. While a solid choice for wings, Irani and T-Pain say to try it on steaks and even as beer rims.

A package of wing rub trios costs $29.99 and is available online and at both Spicewalla locations in Ponce City Market and Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina, starting Friday, November 25.

A pack of three Spicewalla and T-Pain canisters containing Straight Fire, Sugar Daddy, and The Juice spices. Spicewalla

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