Spotlight: Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning341
with Dan Baker
Test Kitchen Chef
I love to spend my days cooking outdoors, feeding hardwood sticks to the fire. The wood perfumes the air with a wispy smoke as it lazily burns to ashes and flavors the delicacy of the day. But cooking low-and-slow over wood means committing a lot of time to letting those smoky flavors develop. Plus, you can run into a lot of obstacles that might keep you from cooking outdoors like lack of equipment, bad weather, and being short on time.
So what do you do when you want those traditional barbecue flavors but you can’t go low-and-slow? At my house, I reach for Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning.
This blend features a mix of eight ingredients including Hickory Smoked Sea Salt and two distinct paprikas which gives food the wood-smoked barbecue flavor you crave from the comfort of your kitchen. You can also use it to get that wood-smoked flavor when cooking on a charcoal grill. It’s so good, no one will be the wiser. So what should you use it on? Almost anything!
Of course Red Rocks is great on a variety of meats, especially steaks, chicken, and pork. For a simple meal that can cook while you’re at work, try Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Pulled Pork. I love this piled on a roll for crowd-pleasing sandwiches or heaped on a baked Russet or sweet potato.
You can also use this seasoning to step up your burger night game. Skip the standard ground beef and try Smoky Pork Burgers with Garlic Mayo instead. We also have a vegetarian-friendly version of this recipe which substitutes a quinoa patty for the pork. The simple-to-make patties are topped with an Apple-Carrot Quick Pickle, as well as a lemon and garlic mayo. These burgers make for a quick and easy dinner that hits all the smoky, sweet, and tangy notes.
Don’t stop at main dishes. This seasoning can (and should) be used in sides dishes too! For a quick flavor boost, add a few dashes of Red Rocks to your favorite coleslaw or potato salad recipe. It’s also tasty sprinkled on fries or tater tots.
In the summer, take advantage of corn season by making BBQ Street Corn. I’ve made this recipe at my home several times and it’s always a hit. Don’t want to get your grill out? You can’t go wrong with one of my personal favorites, creamy, smoky Red Rocks Mac & Cheese which gets a burst of umami flavor from the addition of canned tomatoes.
BBQ Grilling Butter is a super simple way to showcase this seasoning’s smoky flavor. Use it to baste steaks, brush on slices of bread before toasting, or drizzle on any veggie before roasting.
Keeping Red Rocks in your spice cabinet also means you’re always just four ingredients away from a quick homemade BBQ sauce. All you need is white wine vinegar, vegetable oil, beer, and ketchup for Red Rocks Hickory Smoke & Beer BBQ Sauce. Make a double batch, slather it on beef, pork, chicken, burgers, or veggies, and enjoy!
- Sprinkle on shrimp before grilling
- Add to popcorn for a smoky snack
- Mix 1-3 Tbsp. with 1 tub sour cream for a simple dip
- Add to canned black beans before heating and serve with tacos
Have you tried Red Rocks yet? Let us know your favorite way to use it in the comments or share your Savory creations on social media using #savoryspiceshop!