11:00 AM Derek , 2 Comments
Cattleboyz products were created by Canadian ranchers that were looking for sauces and seasonings to compliment their family's beef. The venture started with one signature sauce and has expanded to a full product line featuring dozens of sauces and seasonings. Cattleboyz products are now sold all over North America.
I reviewed Cattleboyz Original BBQ Sauce and Gourmet Seasoning a few months back. Recently, I started using two other Cattleboyz seasonings, Smokey Southwest and Big Country Garlic. Both products are packaged in large, 14 oz. plastic shakers.
Smokey Southwest Seasoning and rub is a versatile product that I've used for several different applications. The aroma and flavor profile both exemplify the product's Smokey Southwest moniker. The blend is heavy on ground chilies and earthy spices like paprika, garlic and onion. Though it's a savory product, it still contains sugar and only a moderate amount of salt.
I used Smokey Southwest as a rub for smoked chicken. Though the resulting flavor was very different than the sweet rubs that I typically use, it still provided the poultry with a bold, but pleasant taste that penetrated the meat pretty well. Cattleboyz Smokey Southwest also works well with grilled or sauteed vegetables. I've been using the product to season both my meats and vegetables when making grilled fajitas. The product can also be substituted for packaged taco seasoning Since the salt content isn't extreme, you can use the product liberally on ground beef or pork to get maximum flavor from your taco meat.
Cattleboyz Big Country Garlic Seasoning is definitely an "all purpose" product. It's a fairly simple sugar, garlic, salt mixture that can be used on just about anything. I've been using the product in place of regular table salt and have yet to find a savory dish that Big Country didn't work for.
Of course, the dominant flavor is garlic. However, that doesn't limit the seasoning to ethnic cooking. Beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetables can all benefit from the addition of garlic. Even popcorn "pops" a little more when you add Big Country instead of regular salt. The seasoning seemed to be an especially good compliment to steaks and seafood. Cattleboyz also recommend using the seasoning on homemade garlic toast.
Cattleboyz seasonings are fairly straight forward blends that are handy to have around the kitchen. They use classic spice combinations with common ingredients making their seasonings versatile and easy to apply.