Product Review:Cali Foods Sweet & Spicy BBQ Mix: Spicy Hot- gluten free/ wheat free/ dairy free, yeast free/ vegan options
Posted on | March 27, 2008 | 4 Comments
Mmmm, grilled gluten free BBQ chicken. Quick, easy and super yummy!
Cali Fine Foods sent me this .9 ounce gluten free BBQ mix seasoning packet to try. I was quite intrigued by this dry seasoning packet. When I think of barbecue, instead of a dry rub of spices, a saucy slathering on my meat of choice comes to mind compliments of the years I lived in Houston. But hey, I thought it would be interesting to give it a try.
I dutifully followed the directions on the back of the package. I rubbed my chicken breast with the seasonings, let it marinate in my fridge for 40 minutes, and then grilled it on my George Foreman grill. Yes, I know this is cheating a bit since I dind’t use my “real” outdoor grill. But, there is still snow on the ground in may part of Pennsylvania. Outdoor grilling was out of the question. My chicken grilled nicely and looked really good.
With this seasoning mix, I should have used more on my chicken. I only used a few teaspoons since it is categorized as “spicy hot” on the packaging and I have a sensitive palate. However, I was surprised that the flavor and heat tasted much milder than I anticipated, I suspect if I really coated the chicken the spiciness would have been kicked up a notch or two.
The flavor of this gluten free BBQ seasoning packet is quite pleasant. The chili pepper, garlic, and black pepper take center stage, complimented by a dash of cayenne. I believe the carrot, cinnamon and fructose should have added a sweet kick to the seasoning ( according to the name of the product), but I did not taste much sweetness. I think this is indicative of a delicately balanced blend of ingredients. Overall, this is a tasty blend of spices for a quick meal idea that could kick up flavor on a variety of meats or seafood.
PROS: easy to use, balanced blend of seasonings, enough seasoning for 2 lbs of chicken
CONS: be careful to fully coat the chicken for maximum flavor, plan for time to marinate
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Think you’d like to try this gluten free BBQ seasoning mix? Click the link below:
Ingredients: Chili pepper, garlic, onion, black pepper, spices, celery, carrot, leek, green pepper, cumin, sea salt, fructose, tapioca starch, cayenne, brown rice flour, citric acid, cinnamon.
**Cali seasonings may also be purchased at califinefoods.com and glutenfreetradingcompany.com as well
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