Char Crust Seasonings Review and #Giveaway

Friday, April 06, 2012 Posted by Dina N

I love experimenting with new seasonings. I've noticed I don't need fancy cooking methods or complicated recipes if I use the right mix of spices. It can make all the difference between a bland dish and one bursting with flavor.

Recently, I had some fun in the kitchen with the Char Crust Dry Rub seasonings. They come in several mouthwatering flavors and can be used in a variety of dishes, including meat, veggies, seafood, and rice. I used the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn on boneless pork ribs that I roasted in the oven. All I had to do was rub the seasoning on the surface of the meat. The Char Crust seasoning sealed in the juices of the meat very nicely, giving it a pleasant flavor. I plan to use the Ginger Teriyaki on some skinless chicken breast that's defrosting right now, and try the Amazin' Cajun on rice. I bet the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn will work nicely with vegetables, too.

Each box of Char Crust Dry Rub seasoning retails for $5.49 and may be used to prepare several meals, depending how many people you are cooking for. Here's a description of the four flavors I received:

• Roasted Garlic Peppercorn features the robust flavor of roasted garlic and onions with the zing of peppercorns and a hint of Worcestershire and lavender. Its versatility has made it a best seller. It complements steaks, lamb, seafood, pork, poultry, and potatoes.

• Ginger Teriyaki is a balance of sweet teriyaki, fragrant ginger, plus a tingly touch of wasabi that lends a new dimension and creates a modern teriyaki interpretation. It complements chicken, fish, and steak.

• Amazin’ Cajun is a spicy-sweet blend of piquant cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, oregano and a mélange of other Mardi Gras flavors. It brings the sublime heat of New Orleans to catfish, chicken, shrimp, and even “dirty” rice.

• All American Barbecue takes the best flavors of American barbecue and blends them into a tangy-sweet, slightly spicy rub. It has rich molasses from Memphis, tangy tomato from Kansas City, mustard, pepper and vinegar from the Carolinas, plus a wisp of smoke from Texas.

Love fish? Check out this fast and easy tilapia recipe, courtesy of Char Crust.

Pan-Seared Tilapia 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 20 minutes

Ingredients:
Tilapia fillets -- about 6 oz per person
Char Crust® Amazin' Cajun -- about 1/2 Tbsp per fillet
A little oil, canola is good
A little butter (optional), at room temperature

Heat a cast iron pan on the stove until very hot. Season one side of the fish with Char Crust® Amazin' Cajun Dry Rub Seasoning, generously covering the surface. Drizzle a little oil all over the seasonings, using your fingers to rub in and distribute evenly. Seasonings will look moist and darken a bit. Place the fish, seasoned side down, into the pan. It should sizzle immediately, and you may get some smoke. Cook a few minutes until just cooked through. Transfer to plate with seasoned side up and place pat of butter on top.

Option: We actually prefer this recipe with catfish, but tilapia seems to have more fans.

The Giveaway
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41 comments:

  1. fredamans said...

    Wish I was American.... some of those made my mouth water.

  2. Charity and John said...

    All American BBQ flavor.
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  3. suburban prep said...

    AS Maureen

    I would like the Roasted Garlic Peppercorn.

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  4. Rusthawk said...

    That roasted garlic peppercorn is right down my alley.

  5. Patty Woodland said...

    I enjoyed my Char Crust

  6. mywildcrazylife said...

    I would like the smokey spicey southwest
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  7. Kristie said...

    I would like the All-American BBQ. Yum! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  8. Kimberly said...

    Roasted Garlic Peppercorn, yum!
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  9. Trung Nguyen said...

    I'd like to try the Ginger Teriyaki

  10. Anonymous said...

    all american

  11. debijackson said...

    all american bbq

  12. holdenj said...

    I would try the Ginger Teriyaki first! Thanks!

  13. Anonymous said...

    All American Barbecue
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  14. ufg8trj said...

    all american bbq sounds good
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  15. redfuzzycow said...

    i'd try the Amazin’ Cajun flavor first

  16. shana said...

    I'd try the Ginger Teriyaki

  17. Anonymous said...

    ginger

  18. Melissa B. said...

    Definitely Roasted Garlic Peppercorn - we love anything garlic flavors around here.

  19. jcwega27 said...

    all american bbq
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  20. JSweeps said...

    I'd like to try All American BBQ

  21. Di said...

    The Ginger Teriyaki sounds yummy!
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  22. Apple Pie said...

    I'd love to try Ginger Teriyaki!

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  23. Char W said...

    roasted garlic peppercorn

  24. Kristen said...

    I'd like to try the Roasted Garlic.

  25. Kris said...

    I want to try the all american barbeque

  26. polly said...

    i would love to try their ginger teriyaki
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  27. Marti Parks said...

    I'd like to try roasted garlic peppercorn.

  28. Anonymous said...

    all american barbecue on chicken
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    jacie w

  29. Jennifer T. said...

    I'd like to try the All American Barbecue first.
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  30. Shell said...

    The Amazin' Cajun sounds great!

  31. Maureen said...

    I like the Amazin' Cajun

  32. Debbie said...

    Mmmmm, Ginger teriyaki sounds awesome!

  33. Misty Smith said...

    I would try the All American Barbeque first.

  34. Kylie said...

    The Amazin' Cajun!

  35. Tylerpants said...

    Ginger Teriyaki sounds tasty! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  36. pmj said...

    ginger teriyaki
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  37. Jessica T. said...

    I want to try the All American Barbecue flavor.

  38. Lana Bradstream said...

    I want to try the Amazin' Cajun!

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  39. Debra Lee said...

    Ginger Teriyaki for sure.

  40. Danielle Davis/Grady said...

    Ginger Teriyaki :)
    Thank you!
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  41. trixx said...

    I'd like to try Ginger Teriyaki. trixpixel[at]gmail.com

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