One of my favorite things about working within social media has been meeting and collaborating with local bloggers. There really are other people out there who do what I do. Many wonderful women have stepped out of my computer screen and into my close circle of friends. So when TheMotherhood asked if a group of us would like to get together, create Lawry's inspired recipes and then share them over lunch... well, it was easy to respond YES. In fact, I said yes before I really knew it was going to be an actual contest.
Friends. Cooking. Competition.
Bring it on.
Our Lawry's challenge: Create a summer grilling meal suitable for large groups made up of 3 complimentary recipes, all using Lawry's marinades and/or spices.
We had a group of 6 Boston bloggers, so we decided to break into 3 teams of 2 to create the recipes and then meet up to actually cook and test them out. I knew immediately I wanted to create a meat rub using Lawry's Seasoned Salt AND that I wanted Sarah (In the Trenches of Motherhood) to be my partner. For starters, my husband and I had the beginnings of a yummy recipe that would just need a little tweaking. And... I knew Sarah wouldn't be offended if I turned into a 12 year old every time we talked about rubbing our meat.
You see, my husband likes to gently rub his. He doesn't mind his hands getting dirty. I prefer to put the spices into a bag with the meat, then shake and knead it. It's cleaner that way AND I think more of the spice sticks to the meat. I don't like to get my hands dirty.
Anyhow, here's our recipe:
- 4 Tablespoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
- 2 Tablespoons black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Oregano
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tablespoons paprika
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper, adjust according to taste
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl or gallon sized plastic bag. Rub your meat of choice (chicken, steak, pork, etc.) with olive oil. Then shake or rub the Tango Rub onto the meat until it is covered. Grill.
Note: This can be made in large quantities and stored for later use.
If you need help with grilling tips, check out Lawry's Let's Grill page on their website.
The Tango rub was a huge hit. In fact, Jodi (Mom's Favorite Stuff) may or may not have told me afterwards that her husband wanted to offer me a position as her sister-wife after consuming the left-overs. I may or may not have accepted the offer;)
To go along with the main course, Jodi teamed up with Karen (3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires) to create a Savory Whole Grain Pasta Salad. Niri (Mommy Niri) and Charlene (Charlene Chronicles) created a Spicy Veggie Puff. Check out their sites for recipes.
All three of our recipes included Lawry's. All three are easily scalable for a large crowd. Mission accomplished. We had a great time with this challenge and I walked away inspired to create other recipes using Lawry's marinades and spices.
Want to try out one of our recipes? This might help...
Lawry's has offered a lucky Mommycosm Reader a prize pack that includes the following:
Giveaway: To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your first name and state initials. Give me a grilling tip, or tell me how you prefer to rub your meat.
Easy peasy. One comment per person, please. You must supply an email address in order for me to contact the winner. (Note: I do NOT recommend putting email within the content of the comment itself.)
All comments must be received by Friday, August 19, 2011 at 7am. Mommycosm will use Random.org to choose the winners. Any comments received after the deadline will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is part of a paid campaign with The Motherhood and Lawry’s Spices! Thoughts are my own.
And the winner is...
Which is this comment...