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Product Talk: Barbecue Seasoning


Last night I got home from work late, as it is more often than not these days. I didn’t want to cook anything, but I’d already eaten my way through all the leftovers I had from earlier in the week.

I stopped by Brookshire’s on my way home because I knew that I’d find something delicious in their prepared foods department. But I found myself wandering over to the butcher and meat counter to see what they had.

As always, they had a bounty of delicious looking, ready-to-cook meats. I saw one I didn’t know anything about, so I asked the very helpful gentleman behind the counter.

“Can you tell me about that one,” I said, pointing to a scrumptious looking roll of chicken and bacon.

“That,” he said, “Is the Chicken Tickler.”

I laughed. (Good name)

“It’s a butterflied boneless, skinless chicken breast, wrapped around a whole jalapeno pepper stuffed with cheese, and rolled up, covered in barbecue seasoning and then wrapped in bacon on the outside.”

I was sold.  But I’d never heard of barbecue seasoning. Sauce? Yes. Seasoning, not really.

McCormick’s Grill Mates indeed has a spice they call “Barbecue Seasoning.” The helpful gentleman behind the meat counter took me to correct aisle and showed me.

It’s a blend of  brown sugar, salt, tomato, garlic, onion, red bell peppers, parsley, paprika and hickory smoke.

Let me just tell you, it was delicious on the baked Chicken Tickler and I bought some to use to flavor all my meats when I grill them. It’s a brilliant way to season your meat before adding barbecue sauce at the end of the grilling process (if you add sauce too early, it will just burn). Found on the spice aisle, and on delicious ready-to-cook products on the meat counter, McCormick’s Grill Mates Barbecue Seasoning is sure to become one of my new favorites.


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