When I think of seasonings from Emeril, I think of big flavor and a kick of spice that often hits at the end. So, when the opportunity was presented to the Foodbuzz Featured Publishers to review some of Emeril's food products, I thought it would be a great way to sample some things I might otherwise pass by in the grocery store.
The first thing I opened was the Chicken Rub. It is all natural and filled with spices you would have in your cabinet such as garlic, salt, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper and poultry seasoning. Emeril even made sure to add some hickory spice as well. When I opened the spice jar, the aroma was strong and the flavors unmistakable.
I followed the recommended instructions on how to use the rub. Add a bit of oil to all sides of the chicken, then you can sprinkle or rub the spices into the meat. I sprinkled, then rubbed them in to make sure the flavors would "stick" to the chicken.
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I wasn't sure if the crushed red pepper would be a dominant flavor after the chicken was grilled, and I must say I was happy it wasn't overpowering. The hickory smoke really kicked this seasoning blend up from the ordinary blends you might see when shopping. This blend is also much lower in sodium than many I have seen so you won't be grabbing huge glasses of water after dinner to quench that thirst.
Over the next week or so, I'll be reviewing Emeril's Chicken Stock, Emeril's Essence and Emeril's Horseradish Mustard.