Giving It Away – McCormick® Grill Mates® & Gear

by zydecopaws on June 4, 2012

Lately some great opportunities have come my way as a result of writing this blog for the past 3 1/2 years. One of the most recent was the opportunity to be a McCormick® Grill Mates® Grillerhood Ambassador.


The Grillerhood is a a social media hub that allows grilling experts to share their secrets with each other — whether they’re contributing to a crowd-sourced grilling guidebook, sharing recipes, or competing for the title of the ultimate “Grill Mayor” (more on this in a future post). For the next few months we’ll be featuring various recipes using different McCormick® Grill Mates® seasoning mixes, along with all those other McCormick spices we’ve managed to fill our spice cabinet up with over the years.

And since we like to share our good fortune with others, we are teaming with McCormick to give away some goodies to some lucky reader of No Excuses BBQ. The prize (pictured below) consists of stuff you wear (grilling apron, oven mitt, and chef’s hat), tools for the grill (long-handled tongs, spatula, and fork), and a selection of McCormick® Grill Mates® spice mixes and rubs. All together, the prize looks something like this:

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To win this prize, simply tell us in the comments how you would use the Steakhouse Onionburger spice mix in an original way (hint: “in a burger” is NOT an original way). All entries need to be received by Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Full recipes are not required, but we do need something more than “sprinkle it on meat-of-choice”. The No Excuses BBQ crew (including Pigdog, who is not eligible to win this prize since he gets to eat over here all the time) will vote on what we believe is the best entry, and the winner will be announced here in a post at the end of the month.

And before someone else comes up with this idea, how about using it on Trashbag Potatoes in place of the McCormick’s Lemon-Pepper seasoning mix?

McCormick® Grill Mates® Steakhouse Onionburger Trashbag Taters

A No Excuses BBQ exclusive!

  • 6-8 large (bigger is better) Yukon Gold, Yellow, or White Rose potatoes
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 3 tbs Grill Mates® Steakhouse Onionburger seasoning mix
  • 2 tbs dried oregano

Slice potatoes in half and then into 1/4 inch slices (you can also cut them into wedges if you prefer). Put the potatoes into a plastic bag (I use leftover vegetable bags from the store and throw them out afterward) and pour the olive oil over them. Pour the rest of the ingredients over the potatoes, twist the top of the bag a few times, and mix everything up real good.

Spread the potatoes over the grill using indirect heat for the majority of the cooking time. Cover the grill and let cook for about 15 minutes. Turn the potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes or so. At this point you can choose to move the potatoes directly over the coals long enough to brown them up.

Cooking times will vary depending on the heat of your fire, the thickness of the potatoes, and how close you have them to the coals. After several years of sacrificing several potatoes per cook to the BBQ gods (those that live down with the coals under the grill) I invested in a couple of grill baskets. This makes the process much easier, especially the turning process, and seriously cuts down on wasted food. It does make it a bit more difficult to get even browning assuming you have square (or rectangular) grill baskets and round grills like I do, but probably won’t be an issue for you square grill folks out there.

And don’t forget to go and participate in The Grillerhood. Check out the recipes, the True Rules, and their rewards. A little birdie tells me you can get a sizzling grill ringtone for your phone if you know where to look. Almost as good as Homer Simpson saying “mmm… barbecue!”

[Standard Disclaimer] I have a business arrangement with McCormick to promote their Grill Mates line of grilling and BBQ seasonings and marinades.

Update: The contest is closed and the winner as determined by our esteemed judges (wife, kids, and me) is Nate for his Bacon Explosion entry.

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