London Broil

Let’s just take a minute and talk about what dreams are made of.

(Uh, a meat eater’s dreams, definitely not a vegetarian’s dreams.)

Like this luscious London broil from Solo Verdi Meats:

Solo Verdi London broil

I’m not usually one to salivate over a bloody hunk of meat. In fact if you asked me what kind of meat I love I’d tell you I like brussels sprouts.

But this was really good.

Solo Verdi London broil

Here’s how you make it happen:

1.) Go to the farmers market.

2.) Find the person who’s selling pasture raised or grass-fed beef and get yourself some.

3.) If you’re at the Charleston, Summerville, or Mount Pleasant farmers market, find your favorite spice dealer and buy some Cocoa Nib Rub or the blend of your choice. (If you’re not from around Charleston that’s okay you can still get your spice blends HERE.)

4.) The night before you plan on grilling your meat, cover it with your spice blend, place it in the fridge and let it become the piece of deliciousness it was meant to be.

5.) After you grill it to perfection the next day, remove it from the heat, cover it, and let it sit a little while longer. If it’s a really good piece of grass-fed meat then it just needs a little while longer to truly be as tasty as it can be. We let ours rest for an hour while we assembled the other part of our meal, stuffed baked potatoes.

6.) After twenty minutes to an hour, slice it up and enjoy!!

Solo Verdi London broil

Have a great weekend!!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

 

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Grilled Peaches

It’s the end of summer *sigh* I thought it would last forever.

Alas, our summer frolics must come to an end, but lucky for us with our South Carolina weather our grilling and chilling may continue! However we are at the end of peach season, so we thought as a last hurrah we’d grill peach halves with some of our ginger sugar!

Grilled Peaches

They are pretty darn tasty with ginger sugar but if you want a more savory side dish we suggest a light sprinkle of Cocoa Nib Rub!

So throw those last peaches on the grill with some ribs and enjoy these last few days of summer!Grilled Peaches

XO,

Charleston Spice Co.

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

If I could write a love song about corn I would.

Cream it, grill it, pan fry it, throw it in a stew.

No matter what you do, I’ll love it. And I might even love you.

It’s an epic sort of love, I posted about grilled corn last year and I’ll probably post about it next year too.

I mean, look at this beauty:

Grilled Corn

Talk about tasty. YUM.

We pulled back the husk, stripped out those little white hairs, rubbed on some olive oil, and then lovingly sprinkled Grill Seasoning on all the cobs. Then we wrapped them back into their husks and tied them with string to keep all that goodness inside:

Grilled Corn

 

Then we threw those puppies on the grill and let the magic happen.

Grilled Corn

*sigh* Isn’t summer marvelous?

Let’s stay this way forever,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Grilled Corn

Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker shrimp

I used to hate shrimp.

Absolutely hate it, unless it was popcorn shrimp, but let’s be honest, after dunking those lil deep fried bites into ketchup they were more like chicken nuggets than seafood.

Now I love shrimp.

Absolutely love it, especially when it isn’t deep fried and dunked in sauce.

And these firecracker shrimp are no exception!!! You can serve them as an appetizer or the main dish, it’s your choice, no matter what there’s sure to be none left at the end of the meal!

Firecracker shrimp

Here’s what ya need:

1/3 cup Harissa paste

1 pound peeled shrimp

We used our own Harissa blend and followed the guidelines on the back to make a paste. Mix your paste and shrimp and let them sit up to thirty minutes. Skewer and throw them on your grill!!

It was hard not to eat these shrimp right away but we managed to hold back long enough to throw them on a bed of slaw in a hot dog bun:

Firecracker shrimp

We served these delightful sandwiches with a side of tomato cucumber salad seasoned with our spiced sea salt and grilled corn seasoned with our grill seasoning.

Firecracker shrimp

Happy grilling!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Daydreamin’

Grillin' and daydreamin

By Thursday I’m a goner, my daily motions become arduous and my mind begins to wonder.

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for daydreams about never ending days and warm nights sitting outside with a cool drink listening to the distant rumble of fireworks or the ting of baseball bats. It’s time for smells of grilling and sounds of laughter to drift through the evening air on a regular basis.

It’s time for a holiday, an adventure, a love story.

Grillin' and daydreamin

Grillin' and daydreaminGrillin' and daydreamin

XO

Charleston Spice Co

Ideas for your burgers…

Summertime may be over officially but that doesn’t mean the end of cooking out.

We decided to tryout some ground beef from MiBek Farms (one of our neighbors at the Mt. Pleasant farmers market). After much debate about what we should top our burgers with we thought our best bet would be to make sliders so we could have a little bit of everything!

For the sake of cookouts and tailgates everywhere, we thought it would be very nice of us to share some of our combinations with you. We’re not saying a good old fashion burger with cheese and bacon and ketchup and mustard and lettuce and tomato isn’t awesome but sometimes its nice to spice things up a bit.

 

The gang's all here

And the first one up is this guy:

BleuChz&BBQ Slider

yum.

That’s Bleu cheese, bacon, and BBQ sauce. Need we say more? It’s simple and delicious, the hardest part is picking your favorite BBQ Sauce (we used Southern Comfort, which you can pick up at the Mt Pleasant market when you pick up your burger meat).

#2: The Fiesta Slider

Fiesta Slider

Heaven, I’m in heaven…. At least that’s what I was thinking when I was looking at this beauty. Homemade guacamole, chimayo corn, and aji mirasol. The chili paste to heat ya up, and the guacamole to cool you down: perfection.

#3 The Mushroom Burger

Cheese&Mushroom SliderSauteed shiitake mushrooms topped with Jarlsburg ceheese and a lovely sriracha dijon (made using equal parts sriracha and dijon)!

#4 The Irish All Star Burger

Cheese&Bacon Slider

Dubliner cheddar cheese topped with bacon and Ballymaloe relish. Instant classic.

And last but not least #5 The Feta Burger

Olive&Feta Slider

Feta cheese topped with Kalamata olives and spicy Thai basil. So refreshing and flavorful!

 

Of course after creating all these we still had sliders left over so we let our imaginations take flight. The combinations are endless! So go forth and create the best burger you’ve ever had!

Grilled Corn

grilled corn

Isn’t that pretty?

It’s pretty tasty.

And easy too, just pull back the husk and get rid of all those hairs. Coat the corn with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the blend of your choice! We put our Mediterranean Oil Blend on half the ears and Grill Seasoning on the other half. Fold the husk back up and tie with culinary string. Now they are ready for the grill!

If you don’t want to mess around with the husk you can husk the corn completely. Once you have oiled and seasoned them, wrap the ears up in aluminum foil and throw them on the grill.

grilled corn

Happy grilling!

-Charleston Spice Company