Grillers’ Paradise July 2015

One thing I love about living in a third floor condo with a balcony is that barbecuing is a year long cooking method. Sure, we have those -50C days in winter where no sane person would stand outside cooking, if you’re even lucky enough to get the propane going, but that only counts for a small portion of the year. Or at least I hear it’s a small portion, it sure feels like a majority. Even though we (Ian) can grill on the BBQ year round, nothing beats eating meat fresh off the grill in summer.

*Disclaimer–I received this box free for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

I recently found out that Canada has a monthly subscription service dedicated to barbecuing, and I was pretty pumped about that, to say the least.

Grillers’ Paradise is a monthly subscription service that sends out a unique assortment of grilling spices, salts, sauces, rubs, marinades or grilling accessories. They only send out the best quality, and each box will contain 4-6 full size products. Over the course of 12 months you are guaranteed to never receive a duplicate product.

The cost of a subscription is $39.95 if paid on a monthly basis, but you can also prepay for a 3 or 6 month subscription at a cost of $113 and $209, respectively. Along with the monthly box, the website also features all sorts of products to satisfy your grilling needs. Shipping is always free on any order over $35, and that includes the monthly subscription.

I bet you’re curious what was in the box! I was hoping to get this box before the weekend so that I could plan out meals accordingly, but Canada Post had a different idea there. I haven’t tried all spices yet, but did test out a few!

First Look

 

I had told Ian about this box and he was pretty curious about what would be in it. The logo is on the box and so he knew just what was sitting at the door when he got home. He gets home before me so he had to wait two torturous hours before finding anything out.

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I always love when companies wrap their products up in tissue paper. It makes it feel more like opening a gift!

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Everything was perfectly packed and I could instantly tell that there was all sorts of flavors happening here.

The Goods

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The Epicentre Coffee/Chile Steak Rub ($6.75)–This aromatic blend is made with a variety of spices and chiles but is predominately flavored with Aleppo Pepper and a rich free-trade coffee roasted by Dreams of Beans. Brilliant as a rub for beef, pork, chicken, or shrimp; it also adds rich flavor to bean dishes, salsas and grilled vegetables. No salt. 

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I’m going to start off by saying that I loathe coffee. Anything coffee flavored is a big NO to me. Well, we actually used this on steak (Doesn’t that meal look delicious? We eat pretty good sometimes.) and I was surprised that I didn’t hate it! It really didn’t have an overbearing coffee taste. In fact, it didn’t have any kind of overbearing taste. I thought it would have a bit more kick to it because of the chiles but maybe it all just balances each other out!

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Bush Dreams Forestberry Chipotle Rub ($8.95)–This outstanding rub combines the warmth of Chipotle with Mountain Pepper from Australia..layered over the multi berry flavor of the Forestberry from the outback. Incredible on fish, chicken, wings, ribs and pork. Try mixing four parts honey BBQ sauce with one part of this rub for an outstanding Aussie rib or wing sauce. Excellent dusted on fries or on sauteed mushrooms! 

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Once upon a time, Ian made grilled cheese and put some seasoning/spices on it. He is now the only one who makes grilled cheese and is forced to repeat this action over and over again. I’m not sure what he usually uses, but this time we went with this seasoning. I’ve never heard of Forestberry, but I’m guessing it’s a fairly sweet berry. This was another seasoning that I expected to come with some kick, but it all seems to balance each other out. I can definitely see us using this a lot!

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Todd’s Dirt The Bayou Dirt ($7.45)–Todd created his own Creole blend and mixed it with The Original Todd’s Dirt. It’s a gourmet seasoning that has 16 spices. It is 100% All Natural with NO MSG and is GLUTEN FREE. The first thing you notice is the great Creole/Cajun style taste. The second thing it does not have the salty lingering effects that you get after tasting similar seasonings. It is lower in sodium and he only uses Kosher salt, not iodized sale like the others on the market. Thirdly, the very nice spicy burn that lingers in your mouth. Try this in your favorite Creole/Cajun recipes or put on steak, beef, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, chili, ribs, vegetables and more. Use the Bayou Dirt as a rub when you are using it on your grill or BBQ. Use it to blacken your food on the grill.

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I love that they give so many options for how to use this spice. I went a bit of a different direction and used it on my eggs in the morning. This was the first spice that really seemed to have a kick. I didn’t use too much because I didn’t want it to be over powering, and I think that less is more with this. It’s got a great flavor though and really added something to the eggs! I look forward to trying this on some meat.

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Hot Mamas Jerk Spice Rub ($7.99)–No salt, no Gluten, no MSG! You can use this rub on meat, fish, chicken, poultry, fish and much more! Great for the oven or the BBQ. We haven’t had a chance to try this out yet. I’ve had a Jerk Chicken burger a few times, and found it to be quite delicious. I think I will get some chicken to try this on!

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Dean Jacobs Bread Dipper Tuscany Blend ($5.95)–They recommend to just add oil and enjoy, or you can use it in any of your favorite recipes. I’ve never enjoyed dipping my bread, it’s just not who I am. I can see Ian using this though, he’s more the bread dipping type.

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The Sexy Gourmet Food Co Greek Spice ($5.50)–This spice needs no special occasion; just let the flavors of oregano, rosemary, garlic and lemon come through all your fine cuisine. Tastes great with lamb; fish; chicken; roast potatoes and of course, Green Salad. I’m on the fence with this one. Oregano and rosemary are definitely not preferred flavors of mine. I love lemon though and am curious how the flavors balance each other out. This is another one that I would likely try on chicken, or maybe even some pork.

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A bonus pen! I always lose pens (actually, I tend to lose everything) so I’m happy to have another one. It also works, which is nice because so often you get pens and they don’t work.

Final Thoughts

The total value of this box (not including the pen) is $42.59. At the cost of $39.95 a month there isn’t a huge value here. You are getting pretty close to your money worth. That being said, I love this subscription. I don’t know if I would become a monthly subscriber because I really don’t need that many seasonings, but this is definitely something that I would purchase whenever I get the hankering for something new. I think this would also make a great gift for anyone who enjoys cooking or barbecuing. Whether it be a birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, I can see this being a really useful subscription! I know quite a few men in my life who would greatly enjoy this!

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