Disclosure: I was provided a kit containing various McCormick Grill Mates® products, an apron, and recipe booklet from the brand and CrowdTap in order to hold a fun tasting party with my friends. No monetary exchange took place. All opinions are and will always be my own.
Check out all this yumminess we received! BBQ Sauce, Marinade, a Rub, and two bottles of Seasoning. Awesomesauce - literally!
As the more experienced Man of the Charcoals, I gave Rob the title of Grillmaster for our party on Saturday evening. He worked really hard making sure that our chicken, pork, and steak were perfectly marinated and/or seasoned, properly cooked, and entirely devoured by our hungry guests. Thanks, Hubs! ♥
Before the party, Hubs had marinated all of the chicken in the Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade from McCormick GrillMates. I think the chicken was the biggest hit amongst all of us; EVERYbody enjoyed it, and many went back for seconds. Some of my friends had this to say:
Saritah: "The chicken with the spiced brandy and herb marinade was fantastic! So flavorful! My (1 year old) daughter and I gobbled it up! I can't wait to make it at home for my family!"
Alodeuri: "The chicken marinade was religious [sic?], will definitely be purchasing that and preparing for dinner in our house. It was tangy and had a kick to it without being too spicy or salty."
Gotcha: "The chicken with Spiced Brandy & Herb marinade was delicious. It was very moist and tender. I will definitely be trying that out for our next barbeque!"
And you can bet that Team Odette, too, will be snatching this up again for future meals - it was sooo delish!
The steaks and pork chops were each given the royal treatment, all being prepared, respectively, with the Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Memphis Pit BBQ Rub, and the Montreal Steak & Molasses Bacon Seasonings. (You can find the full line of Grill Mates® products here.) This produced mixed results amongst our guests, but some of the feedback I received was:
(**Saritah pretty much stuck to the chicken, she loved it so much!)
Alodeuri: "The bbq sauce was perfect for grilled meats and was savory and left you wanting to put it on everything. Delish!"
Gotcha: "My 1 year old (with many food allergies) enjoyed the Montreal Steak seasoning on the steak and gobbled it up! I love that it was free of his allergens and he could actually enjoy some flavor!
"The Molasses Bacon steak was another great find, I will definitely try that out with my own family as well!"
We came home with very little meat left, because everyone had seconds and, in some cases, thirds and more! The Grill Mates® products were a major hit, and everyone raved about that chicken, especially! People loved the meats so much, we almost forgot to eat the sides people had brought. Hee.
Everyone had a great time and enjoyed their grub!
Even the babies got in on the tasting, and boy, did one little tiny girly (not visible in front of her Mama, here) but a dent in that chicken, the star of the show!
Here's one of the kiddos who wolfed down several helpings - he loved EVERYTHING he tried (which was everything), he said.
So way to go, McCormick Grill Mates® and CrowdTap for helping us put on this awesome cookout - and letting me get to share my birthday with some great friends, too! Let me know if you try anything mentioned here, or something else, too - I'd love to hear your feedback!