You’ve Gotta Try Spicewalla

I was introduced to Spicewalla spices recently when my stepmom brought an Easter package for the entire family.

In the package for me was a three-pack of Spicewalla spices.  She knows I love to grill, so it was a perfect gift.
I’d never heard of them before, but I was intrigued to try out the spices on some food.  I was in luck!  I was already planning on cooking some meat for the day.

About Spicewalla

Spicewalla is located in Asheville, North CarolinaIts founder, Meherwan Irani, founded Spicewalla as well as four restaurants and one bar.  Many of the spices are inspired by family recipes from his native India.
Also a key player in Spicewalla is James Grogan, who’s Irani’s chef de cuisine.  Both are personally involved in the blending process, ensuring quality.
You can buy their products either on Amazon or through their website.
They also have a variety of different recipes, ranging from brisket, to scrambled eggs, to chicken stock.

Carolina Pork Rub

The first spice I used was the Carolina Pork Rub, which I decided to use on a pork shoulder I had already planned on making that day.
I coated the top of the pork shoulder with the Carolina rub, let it sit, then slow-cooked in the Crock-Pot.
The flavor of the Carolina rub comes at you in layers, which I love.  The first flavor I noticed was the chili powder.  Then the salt and pepper, followed by garlic.  Finally, those savory flavors were topped off nicely with a hint of brown sugar.
Don’t rush the use of this rub.  Coat the pork liberally and let it sit overnight in the fridge.  Then, add a second layer right before cooking.
Cook it in the Crock-Pot on low, not high.  The prep is the same if you want to smoke the pork.

Cowboy Steak Rub

The second one I tried was the Cowboy Steak Rub.  I picked up a good-sized piece of chuck and cut it into three 12-oz steaks.
After I did a 45-minute salt bath on the steaks, rinsed them off, and dried them. I added a solid layer of the rub on the steaks.  I let the rub sit for about half an hour until my charcoal grill was hot enough and ready to go.
The rub was fantastic and created an interesting flavor on the steaks.
Like with the Carolina Pork Rub, the steak rub also had an array of flavors that comes at you in waves.  I could initially taste the salt, followed by a noticeable wave of black pepper which was impressive.  The red pepper then hit, giving it a nice little kick.  Then, I could taste the cumin.  The rub finishes off with a smoky aftertaste.
This would go especially good on the ribeye, which I’m a huge fan of.  Char the fat nice and crispy with a healthy layer of this rub.  Yowza!

Honey and Herb Rub

The label says the Honey and Herb Rub is good on just about anything, but I’d say this would go best on chicken, pork, or any white meat.  I tried this out on some chicken breast.  Although I’m more of a savory guy when it comes to chicken, this was actually pretty good.
The taste was mostly savory and the sweetness of the honey was more of just a hint, more of an aftertaste.
When I tried the honey and herb by itself, the first thing I noticed was the sea salt.  I then noticed the fennel, followed by the garlic.  After a few more seconds, I noticed the sweetness of the honey.
Savory, then sweet.  Just the way it should be.  Simply a great blend.

Their other products

Aside from their assortments of rubs and blends, they also have a variety of individual salts, pepper, garlic, along with an array of other spices and herbs.

Spicewalla has a number of multi-packs on Amazon, such as the grill pack that I used.  They also have larger grilling packs, containing quantities of six items and ten items, as well as a Kitchen Essentials 18-pack.
Like tacos and fajitas?  They have you covered there as well.
The chili powder collection is helpful for making chili or your own barbeque sauce.

The final word

I can’t wait to dig into more of these spices.  The three that I’ve tried so far have hit it out of the park.

I strongly recommend this Grill Seasoning 3-Pack as a gift for anyone you know who loves to grill.  Or, a gift for yourself if you love to grill.  You won’t regret it.

Do you like Spicewalla spices?  Is there a particular rub that’s your favorite?  Please comment in the box below.

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