A few weeks ago the folks at Gourmet Warehouse contacted me to ask if I would be interested in trying a few of their products. I got a free spice rub and marinade, they get a few recipes, we both get free advertising from each other. Works for me!
And if you are wondering “would she still like the products even if they weren’t free?”, the answer is YOU BETCHA! I wouldn’t post this otherwise.
When I opened and sampled the Applewood Smoke Spice Rub I could think of all kinds of things to rub it on: chicken, steaks, ribs, etc. It is sweet and spicy! I knew I had some ground beef and pork in the freezer so my brain screamed: MEATLOAF! (my brain is pesky like that sometimes).
But, meatloaf is just a plain, boring, bland blob of meat, right? Not with this spice mix, and some bacon and a zesty glaze.
The great thing about adding Applewood Smoke Spice Rub to the meatloaf and glaze, well besides the wonderful taste, was it narrowed the list of ingredients incredibly. I didn’t need to add a pinch of this and a dash of that, then taste and adjust. Two tablespoons for two pounds of meat, plus some bread crumbs, eggs, and a few other things. Done and yum.
No tomato sauce or ketchup in the loaf? I didn’t want to overkill the tomato bit since I was doing the glaze. Personal preference. You can swap the yogurt for tomato sauce and I won’t be offended.
The only thing I didn’t love about this was I only had turkey bacon on hand. I think it would have been better with traditional pork bacon (peppered bacon if you want even more heat, maple bacon if you want it a bit sweeter). The turkey bacon was okay, and adding the glaze and broiling it for a few minutes really helped the appearance.
Before I get to the recipe, a quick word about Gourmet Warehouse. If you are in the Hilton Head, SC area you can find their rubs, marinades, barbecue sauces or injectables at a store near you. For the rest of us it is online ordering. Even with the cost of shipping factored in, I still think their prices are quite reasonable for the quality, especially if you buy more than one product at a time.
I am going to put the rub on a whole chicken and throw it in the slow cooker later today (about 4 hours on high). And I have something special planned for their Sesame Ginger Marinade, so you will want to check back here for that later in the week.
Until next time, happy eating. ~Audrey