This edition of Fiery Friday is really more like EAT MORE MEAT! I’ve got a steak seasoning from the folks at Texas Tasty, and I whipped up a meal to get the full cooking experience. Granted, I lack a legitimate grill, but I’m sure the stew beef I used, as well as my impressions of this product, should be more than enough to advocate for or against a purchase. Come along, then, and let’s see what’s inside the jar.
Salt, Onion, Chili Powder (chili pepper, salt, spices, garlic), Paprika, Maltodextrin, Molasses, Sugar, Spices, Turmeric, Extractives of Paprika, Mustard, Natural Grill Flavor, Silicon Dioxide (less than 2% to prevent caking)
So, there’s nothing here that really should surprise anyone. It’s a pretty standard combination of spices and preservatives, leading to a product that should have a nice, long shelf life. I do wish that it didn’t go so heavy on the salt, but oh well.
There’s really not much to look at here. The spice blend has that standard ruddy color to it that is typical of the style, although it isn’t completely homogenous. Actually, some of the heavier ingredients tend to sink to the bottom, so I definitely recommend some shaking here.
Smell and Taste:
What is “natural grill flavor”? Whatever it is, it must be what gives this product its smoky smell. I like it, and it is a scent that is definitely reminiscent of steakhouses. Now, the flavor is something different. Some spice blends taste just fine by themselves, but honestly, this is not one of them. This is clearly designed for the sole purpose of enhancing meat, so let’s just move on to the cooking show portion of this review.
I rubbed my meat with Texas Tasty’s Steak Seasoning, then cooked it with some yellow and red bell peppers (with a dish of potatoes on the side). The result was delicious. Though it was a little heavy on the salty flavor still, this product does an admirable job of complementing the natural flavors of the meat, rather than trying to change the flavor of the beef into something else entirely. There’s no heat, though, so it gets an easy Mild there, and a Nice for flavor.
If you’re looking for a spice blend to take your steak in a bold new direction, this isn’t it. However, if you want a seasoning that will enhance your meat’s own natural flavor, you could do a lot worse than this offering from Texas Tasty.
Texas Tasty actually has a whole line of seasonings for different meats, so check back later for more reviews on their products!