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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

Cali sweet & spicy BBQ gluten free seasonings

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:

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Cali Sweet & Spicy BBQ Mix from gluten free.com

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

Check out my other Cali reviews:

Cali Garlic Gusto Seasoning Mix

Cali Herb Medley Gourmet Seasoning Mix

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4 Responses to “Product Review:Cali Foods Sweet & Spicy BBQ Mix: Spicy Hot- gluten free/ wheat free/ dairy free, yeast free/ vegan options”

  1. Product Review: Cali Foods Garlic Gusto Gourmet Seasoning Mix : Mild Spice- gluten free/wheat free/ dairy free/ yeast free/vegan option/no MSG/ organic - glutenfreefoodreviews.com
    March 27th, 2008 @ 2:46 am

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  2. GFN Richard
    March 28th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    It looks very good, and being part of a gluten free couple it is always hard to find sauces, or prepare different ones every night from scratch. I was just wondering though, does it burn easy? .. I have found using rubs, or too much spices tend to burn on the BBQ too easy, so thought I would ask if you noticed that or had to turn down the heat or anything?

    Thanks,
    Richard
    Glutenfreenetwork

  3. Karen
    March 29th, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    Richard, I did not find burning an issue with this BBQ seasoning mix. to help prevent burning I pounded the chicken so it would cook faster. I think it worked, there were just a few charred spots on the chicken, no more than if I had grilled it plain or with sauce. Great question- thanks for asking!

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