Today I’m checking out the Storeyville Cajun Blend, a spice blend / dry rub from the good folks over at Heartbreaking Dawns (HBD). I’m fairly interested to see how this goes, as I know HBD more for their general purpose hot sauces, and I haven’t had a chance to try any of their dry products or BBQ sauces, so it will be nice to see what they make when concentrating on a specific market segment like this one. Let’s take a look and see how it measures up to the brand’s standard fare.
Considering that HBD is known for their exotic ingredients used to produce their award-winning sauces, the list of ingredients seems fairly standard here, with the Marjoram being the rarest of items in the shaker. Here’s the list of what we’re working with: Black Pepper, Onion, Cayenne, Marjoram, Thyme, White Pepper, Garlic Powder, Salt and Paprika.
The aroma is a salty and peppery savory blend. With all of the products being dry, it doesn’t give off much of an aroma other than the salt, pepper, cayenne, and just a touch of the thyme. The color and texture is a generally coarse grind of a dry green leafy herb blend and red sand-like grains of savory components.
Not surprisingly, there is a heavy presence of black pepper bite, with the flavor of the marjoram and thyme coming through strongly and quickly. The garlic and onion play nice background roles to bring in flavor, but not enough to make this a pungent blend, but more so an herby and peppery blend. The salt component is kept nicely in check, enough to bring up the flavors of the meat, but it doesn’t make the meat tasted salted. The cayenne also sits in the background, bringing a little heat, but nothing that would hurt. You actually have to try the blend on its own in order to get a burn from this, so across a cooked product, it’s not all that noticeable. While I don’t know if I would call this assuredly “cajun” in it’s style, it is a good product. The heat is a Mild, and the flavor is a Nice. It’s a good solid blend that you can put on just about anything, but it seems to play well with white meats and vegetables, so if you’re looking for something you can use on a grilled chicken breast and to kick up your various sides, this would do well. I also gave it a test in black eyed peas, and it gave a nicely-herbed and lightly-spiced flavor without over-salting, so as I said, it’s a good table blend or cook’s blend that could be used in a wide variety of ways.