My husband and I love to grill. I'll admit, we don't have a bbq (we live in an apartment on the third floor) BUT we do have some pretty fancy smancy grill pans ;) And boy do we put those to good use!
This means I'm constantly trying to think of new and exciting ways to spice up our grilling life. Pun intended!
I'm a huge fan of the salty-sweet-spicy combo. I'll be the one sprinkling salt and cayenne all over my fruit because...well....it's pretty fantastic. I love desserts or candies with a salty aspect and especially love when some sort of heat is involved. Yum guys, seriously.
That's kind of what inspired this seasoning. I've done this a million different ways, but am finding this particular route to be my new favorite. It kind of has everything you'd want in a meat/poultry/veggie seasoning: you got your salt (and lots of it!), your sweetness, a hint of garlic and earthy herbs...and them at the very end is a little kick of heat.
For Christmas I made a big batch of this and gifted it in a glass jar for my dad (who is a BIG griller) with of course, some left over for us to use at home.
I suggest sprinkling this lovely seasoning over some steaks, pork chops, chicken, or sliced veggies after you've given them a nice rub with good olive oil. Remember, this is a salt base- so use smartly! Don't let me stop you though, go ahead and add to ground beef or poultry before forming into patties for burgers, add a dash to a stew or maybe even on top of a ready to braise pot roast. Let your imagination run wild.
Oh! And of course, if there's something you don't fancy (say you're not a fan of spice) feel free to omit- or the reverse, something you just adore..add as much as you'd like..you'll still be fine ;)
Herb + Citrus Grill Seasoning
Makes about 16 ounces (with a tad left over)
**Perfect to gift into two 8 ounce jars with ribbon and a gift tag ;)
- 3/4 cup sea salt
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
- 4 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 4 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 teaspoons dried parsley
- 3 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 5 ounces packed brown sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Place everything in a food processor and pulse until combined- about 1 minute.
This mixture will be the texture of brown sugar (moist and crumbly) from both the brown sugar and the lemon zest. Make sure you store in an air tight container and use as needed!
|As you can see the finished product has a sort of brown sugar consistency.|
Or, you can package this up as a gift! This recipe will make enough for two 8 ounce jars' worth (with some left over for you to use as well). I simply added to some leftover jam jars I had unused, tied with ribbon, and added a simple Christmas inspired label. Maybe add to a gift basket with a good bottle of olive oil and a grill brush?
And now for KITTY TIME!!!!!
Mombi girl was SO happy to be laying in the sun next to me while I was spending a day blogging. She's such good company...and very picturesque!