BBQ Spices that Sing!
Lemon and Sweet Pepper Chicken Kebabs Recipe
Sometimes, a selection of ingredients or products that are sent to me for review goes way beyond my expectations, and so it was when I received an exciting assortment of Bart Ingredients Smokehouse BBQ Range last week. Not only did they send them to France, where I am right now, but they included some fabulous BBQ sauces in the package too. My first impressions were that the packaging was subtle and not over the top; the smokehouse BBQ rubs were in little cardboard boxes, much better than acres of plastic or even small glass bottles that need to be taken to the bottle bank. There was a selection of the BBQ marinade rubs for meat, poultry and fish, a couple of BBQ spice mills and two bottles of sauce.
With so many interesting flavours to choose from, I decided to test drive the Lemon and Sweet Pepper Rub first, which is recommended for chicken. The BBQ rub comes with a marinade bag, that doubles up as a roasting bag too. I LOVED this idea, and as the press release stated, marinades can be messy to apply, but by placing the meat in the “marinade bag” along with the rub, it makes the whole process cleaner, easier and quicker with no need to wash your hands every few minutes; plus, you can leave the meat to marinade in the bag overnight in the fridge, which is very handy if you need to get ahead.
I have decided to share a full review post for Bart today, why you may ask? Well, Bart is a BRITISH company that offer herbs, spices, cooking blends and seasonings of the highest quality and I rate them very highly. The Lemon and Sweet Pepper marinade rub was simply superb – it was very lemony with a sweet fragrance and I can honestly say that is was as good, if not better, than some of my own home-made rubs and marinades, which incidentally, I rate quite highly! My friend Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen and I were discussing these spices over the phone the other evening, and she also agreed with me about the quality and flavour; in fact she was so taken with the marinade/roasting bags, that she has bought some roasting bags for the future! You can read her review here: Lemon & Sweet Pepper Marinaded Chicken.
I served these delectable chicken kebabs with ratatouille, salad leaves, grilled fresh tomatoes and a lemon wedge. The kebabs have fresh onion added on the skewers in between the chunks of chicken, which kept the chicken moist and added a lovely sweetness. The recipe for these kebabs is shared below, and although I realise that the main component is the BBQ marinade rub, and the recipe does not have a home-made alternative, it’s just that the seasoning was so good that I WOULD buy this particular rub again, and I have no home-made version to offer as a substitute! The ingredients in the rub that I used are:
Red and Green peppers, Sugar, Onion, Salt, Cornflour, Garlic, Rapeseed oil, Lemon oil
With thanks to Bart who sent me this lovely selection of their ingredients; the whole range is innovative and exciting and the marinade rubs are very reasonably priced at £1:49. Do try the chicken kebab recipe, you can buy all of the Bart range on-line here: Bart Ingredients. That’s all for today, do pop back later as I have more lovely summery recipes to share, as well as some book reviews too. See you later, Karen.
Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of Bart spices, sauces and rubs for free, with no request to share my review here. I chose to share my findings on my blog, Lavender and Lovage, as I loved the quality and taste of the products I was sent and I wanted to share that with my readers. This is not a sponsored post. Karen S Burns-Booth
NEW Bart® SMOKEHOUSE RANGE BRINGS AUTHENTIC WORLD BBQ FLAVOURS
– in-pack “marinade bag” cuts out the mess and fuss –
Top barbecue chefs recommend rubs and marinades to add flavour, bring tenderness and succulence to summer meat.
So the cooks at The Bart Ingredients Co. Ltd® have scoured the globe to develop the Smokehouse Barbecue range of authentic rubs, mills and sauces. These bring you the exquisite tastes and aromas of other cultures to your day-to-day grilling.
Plus, as marinades can be messy to apply, the rubs come with a special “marinade bag” to make the whole process cleaner, easier, quicker. No sticky fingers, no washing hands every five minutes. Just delicious authentic flavour.
Simply place the meat or fish in the bag with your chosen Bart® marinade, hold the bag closed and shake gently to spread the ingredients around. For depth of flavour, leave in the fridge for an hour or more before grilling. And, just in case it’s raining, the bag can also be used in the oven for slow cooking, retaining the moisture.
Authentic flavours for inspirational summer cooking:
The recipes in the Smokehouse Range have been chosen from around the world to bring exciting flavours to everyday cooking.
The rubs come in five delicious flavours: spicy Smokey Chipotle rub from Texas, herby Mediterannean combining basil, oregano, parsley and rosemary with tomato and lemon; Lemon & Sweet Pepper rub inspired by the Australian sunshine; a classic New York Steak rub to create the ultimate deli experience in your own back garden and finally a Tandoori rub featuring tamarind as a core ingredient for depth and colour.
In addition to the rubs the Smokehouse range features sauces and seasoning mills, all of which complement each other and can be used before cooking as a marinade, at the grill or as a dipping sauce at the table.
Like all Bart® products, the Smokehouse Barbecue range features ingredients of the highest quality blended in the way that most suits the herbs and spices selected, preserving flavour and appearance. And the guarantee that there are never any fillers, artificial colourings, flavour enhancers or other nasties.
The rubs are priced at £1.49, the sauces at £2.99 and the mills at £3.99.
Detailed product information:
The five marinade rubs reflect the diverse flavours of barbecue traditions from around the world:
• Smokey Chipotle Marinade Rub: a classic Tex/Mex chipotle chilli gives a smokey flavour
• Mediterranean Marinade Rub: traditional Mediterranean herbs basil, oregano, parsley and rosemary – blended with tomato and a fresh lemon finish
• Lemon & Sweet Pepper Marinade Rub: Inspired by Australia, red and green peppers give this rub a great colour and the lemon oil provides an intense taste
• New York Steak Marinade Rub: A classic deli blend of mustard, garlic and pepper
• Tandoori Marinade Rub: tamarind as a main ingredient adds depth of flavour which blends with chilli to create a traditional indian flavour
Whole spices and seeds the new Barbecue Mills give a fresh, aromatic seasoning, heat, flavour and colour to meat, vegetables and salads:
• Garlic Salt Mill: blend of roasted garlic and wild garlic leaf
• Mexican Style Chilli Mill: blend of chilli and hot spices
• Moroccan Style Salt Mill: blend of sea salt, spices and rose petals
• Smokey Barbecue Mill: blend of pepper, smoked paprika and coriander
Bart® has delved into regional US recipes for its three Smokehouse sauces:
• Kansas City Barbecue Sauce: a sweet, tangy tomato based sauce with gentle spice
• South Carolina Mustard Sauce: researched amongst home recipes, this is an unusual alternative to tomato based sauces and is perfect for pulled pork or ribs
• Texas Barbecue Sauce: habanero chillies combine with dates for a classic barbecue flavour
(Images: Karen S Burns-Booth and Bart Ingredients)
I am entering this recipe into their seasonal challenge for July.