The fine folks at McCormick's offered up a fantastic collection of their best grilling spice blends for one lucky reader of BBQgeek.com. The grilling kit includes 11 dry spice blends, including their new Montreal Steak grinder, Salmon spice, and Seafood spice, as well as a half dozen prepackaged marinades. All that is required to win is a simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining, in 25 words or less, why you really want this package. Extra points will be granted for creativity (and lunacy). Feel free to attach crazy pictures of your smoker/grill or anything else that you feel will give you an edge on the competition. Judging of submissions will be completely subjective and solely based upon how much you can amuse me within your 25 word limit. The submission window opens today, 06/20/2008, and closes two weeks from now on 07/04/2008 (Independence Day!). The winner will be announced here on BBQgeek and I'll ship this big ol' box to you free of charge!
You might be asking yourself why a seasoned BBQ fiend, such as myself, would be interested in a bunch of pre-mixed spice blends. Why wouldn't I throw together a rub for myself? Truth be told, I do prefer to put together my own rubs, as it allows me control over my mix of salt, sugar, and aromatic spices. However, it isn't always feasible to throw together a 10 spice rub on a Wednesday night at 8:30 pm after you have put the kids to bed and you are starving. Sometimes you just want to reach into the spice cabinet and grab a spice shaker of something tasty and grill it up. I've used McCormick's spices many times and found them to taste pretty darn good for a commercial blend. The above picture is some grilled red snapper I cooked tonight that I seasoned with McCormick's new Seafood Blend. I grilled it up and served it with a cold salad of fava beans, Georgia sweet corn, basil, and some heirloom cherry tomatoes. I don't mind saying it was pretty tasty. Among the spice blends I'm looking forward to trying in the grilling kit is the cinnamon/chipolte rub. I'm thinking about trying to pull off some sort of Moroccan style lamb dish (thanks to David Poe for the suggestion.)
Anyway, submit your entries and try hard to tickle my funny bone. I'm looking forward to seeing what you folks can send my way. Remember one important thing - you have to play to win.