There we were, late one night, swiping through our Instagram feed. Drooling over BBQ “porn,” wishing there was such a thing as smell-o-vision (seriously, Apple, let’s get moving on that!). Say hello to our social media addiction: all BBQ, all the time.
Anyway, there it was … a big fat slab of something resembling pizza … except it was MEAT …
So we took a closer look, and discovered Code 3 Spices. We were reeled in by their motto, “Spicing it up for those who serve.” Taking a closer look, we noticed they also donate part of their profits to some great groups:
$.25 of each bottle purchased is contributed to organizations that support police, fire, medical, and military personnel.
What’s not to like about that?!
Did some quick research, and located a few discount codes online. Then we went to work, ordering a selection of their offerings. Was pleasantly surprised when our package showed up lightning fast. They shipped via USPS Priority. Tip of the hat for that alone.
This past week, we put their Grunt Rub to the test. And boy, has it not disappointed:
Here’s some of that BBQ “porn” we were talking about earlier, courtesy of our very own kitchen:
The label states “Garlic Blend,” and they aren’t kidding. It’s packed with screaming garlic flavor. Dehydrated garlic is the second ingredient behind salt on the label:
After success using it as a rub on olive oil drizzled Traeger baked potatoes, we gave it a whirl on chicken thighs. Bomb. Mrs. Rendezvous is pretty sure one of the spices is rosemary, which sounded a strong note in our thigh taste test.
Finally, we gave Grunt Rub a whirl in place of our tried and true, general purpose, seasoning salt. After giving a hoagie roll a slather of butter, we applied Grunt Rub liberally (per the label’s instructions).
The salt granules hissed, popped and sizzled, as we seared the rolls for our weekly delight: Bahn Mi pulled pork sandwiches.
Again, success. The garlic blend went nicely with jalapeno, daikon, cilantro, cucumber, and carrot veggies. Plus, the salt, black pepper, and red pepper gave some nice zip to the pulled pork, and our unsalted butter crusted hoagie.
Overall, we give Code 3 Spice’s Grunt Rub two thumbs up!
If you’d like to give their products a try, head over to our Deal Zone for a coupon code.
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