Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Aw Shit! Special Shit BBQ Seasoning Hits the Spot

Summer is slowly winding down, and I've been busy trying out a variety of BBQ products. There are countless types of BBQ sauces and rubs out in the market, and most -- if not all -- pretty much use the same ingredients. So how can a business stand out from the crowd? 

Recently I stumbled across BBQ-Rubz.com, and the "Best Seller" section caught my eye. It was a line of MSG-free BBQ seasoning with a catchy product name. Shit! Why didn't I think of that?

My quick-take review for each, ordered from favorite to least favorite:

Special Shit -- Great all-purpose rub that compliments any meat. I tried it on beef, chicken, pork, popcorn, dog food (just seeing if you're paying attention). If you like seasoned salt, you would definitely love Special Shit.

Aw Shit -- Once you try this rub, you'll definitely yell "aw shit!" This rub has a nice kick, with plenty of cayenne pepper with a hint of ancho chili. Perfect for a strong cajun flavor to any recipe.

Good Shit -- This rub is on the sweeter side of things, and is great for ribs and pork shoulder. I used this for several racks of spare ribs and it was a nice compliment to the pork flavor.

Bull Shit -- I tried this on a few steaks, but it was still a bit too much on the sweet side for me, with plenty of brown sugar. I'm more of a straight-up salt and pepper guy on steaks.

Chicken Shit -- This is an interesting rub, and my least favorite. It is really strong on herbs, with parsley, basil, and oregano as the dominant flavors. Use sparingly.

You can buy the Special Shit line of BBQ seasoning from BBQ-Rubz.com, which sells over 100 different rubs in stock and over 1,900 of college branded BBQ products.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Who Cut the Cheese? Be Super Cheesy This BBQ Season

Most BBQ enthusiasts don't immediately think of cheese when smoking meats. But when it comes to grilling, there's nothing better than slapping on a slice of cheese on a burger patty and watching it melt and ooze away. Recently, I had the chance to try out some swiss and gruyere cheese from Emmi USA.

Both cheeses are similar in that both have a very distinct "nutty" (hold the chuckle) flavor, especially with the swiss cheese. Gruyere also has that nutty flavor, but more on the sweet and salty side. Both cheeses are the perfect compliment for beef burgers because the cheese cuts the fatty beef flavor -- hopefully you're using 80/20 ground beef (80% beef, 20% fat).

Over the weekend, I threw some homemade beef patties on the grill and assembled a monster cheeseburger with all of the classic ingredients like lettuce, tomato, and pickles. I added a fried egg in there too, just for good measure. For my burger, I went with gruyere and could taste the cheese with every bite of the burger.

Swiss and gruyere are cheeses with bold flavors that can stand up to burgers that pack a punch with strong ingredients like bacon, caramelized onions, or chopped jalapeƱos. So if you're ready to ditch the boring American cheese for some cheese that'll elevate your burger or sandwich game, check out some of these Emmi USA sandwich and burger recipes.

Buy Emmi USA cheese products from Amazon.