by Wendy Purdy
Yee-haw!! Barbecue time!! The April My Texas Market box was full of delights to help with one of my favorite Texas food groups. We filmed an unboxing video, but technical difficulties prevented its use. So, I will just share some photos and tell a little about the products I received. I've already had a chance to enjoy four out of the six so far.
Smoke on the Barbie Rub from Spaulding's Specialty Spices
This amazing dry rub includes organic thyme, basil, onion, garlic, smoked paprika and a smoked sea salt blend. As soon as I opened the lid and took a whiff, I headed into the kitchen and pulled some steaks out of the freezer. Stephen applied the rub and grilled them to perfection, and they were delicious. I also used this on pork chops later, with the same delectable result.
- Hickory Smoke Bag from Larry's Bag of Smoke
We haven't tried this item yet. We are waiting until we have time to use it with a larger portion of food. The information card says it is reusable, but we want to make sure the first round utilizes its full potential. It does smell wonderful, though.
- Bug Repellent from Benjamin Soap Co.
Here's one product I'm actually glad I don't really need to use right at the moment. Due to our climate here in Southern California, we don't really experience much trouble with mosquitoes. Since "El Nino" turned out to be "El Busto" in this area, I don't anticipate many problems in the near future. However, I will throw this in the van or our travel bag so we will have it handy when the need arises.
- Texas Triple Threat Mustard by Stellar Gourmet Foods
To be honest, mustard is not my "go to" condiment. I only use it on hot dogs if I can't grab some Miracle Whip and pickle relish. However, since the ingredient list for this mustard includes habanero chiles, tequila, honey and Texas red grapefruit, I was willing to give it a try. So far, I've used it on a sandwich and with a corn dog. For mustard, it's pretty decent. I will probably continue to use it until it disappears, and then revert to my old tried-and-true ways.
- Peach Paradise Tea from White Cloud World Teas
The information card said this tea can be served hot or iced. Since the theme is barbecue, I decided to cold-brew a pitcher in the refrigerator. The result was a nice, fruity tea with a little tang. I must confess that I did enjoy it just a tad bit more with a little agave sweetener added.
- Mason Jar Brookie from Kellie's Baking Co.
Now we come to the empty mystery jar. Why in the world did she include an empty jar in the photo? Here's the simple reason: The contents of that jar were in my tummy before I realized the video was unusable. The card said the Brookie should be eaten immediately, so I complied forthwith. They really didn't have to twist my arm after reading this description: "The Brookie is made with a dark chocolate and coffee brownie baked with a buttery chocolate chip cookie then layered with marshmallows, drizzled with caramel and chocolate, sprinkled with cookie crumbs and kissed with a touch of pink sea salt. Really...I'm surprised I made it through the video before busting into it.