Spice Lab makes a spice mix called “Island Jerk Seasoning”. I saw it on the shelf at Publix markets and on a lark, bought it. Turns out it was a great buy.
(What, you thought this posting was going to be all political and slamming someone?… ;-)
The directions say to “Simply coat meat in oil and season with this spice blend before cooking”. OK…
So I had some pork ribs. I cut a rack of ribs into “me” sized chunks and freeze them, then defrost one when I want some ribs. Spouse is not fond of strong spices, nor gnawing meat off of bones, so it is all for me….
Handling the ribs, they felt a bit “greasy enough” from the pork fat, so I skipped the oiling phase. While less would have fallen off the meat, most of it stuck just naked. It goes on to say “For a more intense flavor boost, let the meat rest for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight before cooking”. I can sort of do that… So I turned the oven on to warm up while I let the meat sit out to warm a bit toward room temperature, went off and watched a video for 1/2 hour.
Into the oven at about 275 F, then just let it sit there on the roasting sheet for about 2 hours. Turned it off and let it cruise down about another 20 minutes, then out of the oven.
OMG this was good stuff. Not as tender as an even longer lower smokey BBQ treatment, but way way better than the usual oven roasting at 350 F with not much more than salt, pepper, and some jug of tomato based goop poured over it.
This stuff positively lights up the mouth with a dance of delight over the taste buds. Not too hot, but with some tingles and puckers. I'll be buying a LOT of this, as I intend to slather just about any pork or chicken going on the BBQ with it, or if "just for me" anything in the oven (while the spouse can have the chicken done with traditional old sage based stuff.)
I've had rubs, sauces, sprinkles, etc. etc. This is the first one to "Light me Up" like this. The flavors are just good. Not overwhelming. Not fire breathing. Just rich and "happy tongue"
There's their web site for it:
(How they managed to get “spices.com” is an interesting question. That’s got to be worth some money.) They have a whole zoo of different spices and I’m going to be trying a lot of them now.
The Spice Lab Island Jerk Seasoning – All-Purpose Spicy Jamaican Blend – 7054
ISLAND JERK SEASONING: Add mouthwatering flavor to grilled chicken breasts, pork chops, shrimp, plant based chicken meat and more with our Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Rub.
MULTIPURPOSE CARIBBEAN JERK SEASONING: Sweet, spicy and a little smoky, this Jamaican jerk seasoning adds mouthwatering flavor to pork, chicken, vegetables and plant based meats. It’s also a mouthwatering seafood and chicken taco seasoning.
ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS: This fine Jamaican rub combines crunchy Hudson Valley salt, brown sugar, onion & garlic, spices, allspice, smoked paprika, crystalized molasses, ginger, chives, chili pepper, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, white pepper and citric acid.
PREMIUM QUALITY: Packed in our SQF-facility, this gourmet jerk chicken seasoning is kosher, all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free.
Our all-purpose Island Jerk Seasoning adds the taste of Jamaica to pork, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sweet and spicy with just a hint of smoke, this Jamaican rub is the perfect island blend. Whether you are roasting or grilling, simply coat meat in oil before seasoning and cook for mouthwatering deliciousness. For a more intense flavor, season and let meat sit for 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight for before cooking. It’s also a tasty vegan chicken seasoning that elevates the flavor of vegetables and vegetarian dishes.
For those of you who were hoping for a different kind of spice from a different kind of jerk, and some political hot water, here’s your consolation prize: (Contains F-Bombs)
Basically a really good summary of the Stupid Lie that Russia blew up their own assets and the evidence for “The USA did it”.
For those who prefer a more understated spice, in the English mode, with lots of salt and malt vinegar being dominant notes, perhaps a bit of sour citrus too; some comments on how it’s going in Ukraine:
BTW, at about 43 minutes, he analyses a Putin quote (Q&A with reporter) per Ukraine continued existence. I think I’ve got a handle on how Putin sees things. I see it as Putin saying “It isn’t up to us if Ukraine continues to exist or not; it will depend on how long they are stupid enough to continue to do things like blow up the bridge”. In other words: “Attack Russia and die. It’s that simple. Just don’t attack Russia (and that includes the newly added territories…).
But that is up to them how long they want to keep it up.”
Putin likes to “lead the listener to the logical conclusion” rather than ‘splain it all to them. What I hear in his “ambiguity” is really just him saying ~”They blow up the bridge, we respond. They know how long they will continue such attacks, we do not. So what do you think? Who is in control of when the attacks and reprisals stop? Eh?”