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Some Soup for you!

soup-nazi

Seasonings not just for the Grill/BBQ…

IMG_3881With Winter fast approaching and the crock pot dusted off, it’s time for soups and chili! We have been making chili here, but wanted to show you our Beef Barley/Lentil Soup. This is one that will warm your heart and your stomach!

We get a lot of friends/customers who ask if they should use the Above the Coals Seasonings on other foods?

The answer is…YES.

We love our seasoning on everything from popcorn (this has been tried) to mixed into handmade burgers (Video located in the Video Tab here on the website), to an added “extra” in soups and chili’s.

What seasoning goes with what soup/chili?

We all have preferences, and mine are wide. I love a bit of the 2 Alarm in my chili because of the array of flavors and the fact that I get some of the green pepper taste on my pallet. Pictured here is our Carolina Heat Wave added to the Beef Barly/Lentil Soup, which kicked up the flavor and added some heat to this dish. The table grind black pepper used in the Carolina really gave this soup a nice peppery bite, but was also complimented by the other ingredients in the seasoning.

It was a great taste to start with, and with the added seasoning it really made it tasty.

I have tried the Signature Classic in this soup (in the last batch) and the flavors were different, but added that BBQ taste to the meat and potatoes that I wanted without the heat. It’s all personal preference and that is the nice part of having a little bit of Above the Coals Seasonings handy.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 Med. onion chopped

2 Cups cubed red potatoes

1 Cup dry lentils (rinsed)

1/2 Cup medium pearl barley

8 Cups water

2 Tsp. Beef Bouillon Granules

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning

1 28 oz. can/crushed tomato

Cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, then drain. Transfer to slow cooker then layer with potatoes, lentils and barley. Combine water, bouillon, salt, and lemon pepper and pour over vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours and then add tomatoes at the 6 hour mark and stir. Cook 2 additional hours and ENJOY!! Add some Above the Coals seasoning to taste and let us know what you think!

As an added note:

The habanero seasoning that has been talked about a lot lately will be available VERY soon. Please check our Facebook Page for release dates and how you can get your hands on some!

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The 617 – Limited Quantities

The 617

Close to selling out…

Over the Summer of 2013, Above the Coals BBQ released a “limited edition” seasoning called “The 617.” This seasoning embodied everything that the name on the bottle represented. You see, the “617” is the area code Massachusetts and this was released on the day of the Boston Marathon.

While doing inventory…

I came across some stock that was behind some of our shakers with the same top. The remaining amount (less than 10) is available now through our Square Marketplace. (Link below)

When is it coming back?

It’s a question that we ask ourselves a lot here. We are currently getting ready for the launch of 2 new flavors, so this one could come back at any time. Either way, today is a great day to get a great deal on some very flavorful seasoning that will give you some pep in your step, give you the taste of jalapenos, and lead you to Flavor Town! Get some today at the Marketplace!
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Comfort Food – Chili

Chili
Winter’s coming…

With the Winter on the horizon here in the Tri-State (New England) area and temperatures dropping, some comfort food is just what the Dr. ordered.  This past weekend we took the liberty as we always do when making chili to “eye” the seasonings that go into the pot and after getting the taste just right some flare was added to the final product.

Above the Coals BBQ Seasonings has spread the word and some samples of our new habanero based seasoning to select customers for review, and I have to concur that it really does liven up the flavor of many foods. As you can see in the picture to the left, some of the habanero seasoning (name TBD) was sprinkled on top (for the picture) and then mixed in.

It was……..stunning. Delicious. Like placing a few (…….) it was the delay in heat that got me. I could taste the flavors of a seasoned pot of chili, but received the delayed response from the heat that allowed me to enjoy the chili without overpowering it. Just delicious (But we are biased I suppose)

The second day is always better

I have heard for the longest time that many comfort foods are better the day after being made. I can only think of one that is better the day after. It’s chili. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza and cold chicken wings the day after and even some chicken breast, but the flavor in those foods are the same.

When it comes to chili, the flavors have some time to marry and make the mixture much more robust. Today’s helping of yesterdays bounty was just that. Robust! Also, knowing that the flavors were going to be popping much more than yesterday, I went with the Above the Coals Signature Classic Seasoning for this helping. The pictures below do it no justice as to how great it really was.

Here are some helpful hints for reheating chili in the microwave:

  • Start with .45 seconds to a minute on the timer and remember to cover what you are heating!
  • Take out and stir well
  • Add an additional 1 minute in the microwave
  • Stir again
  • If you like cheese on your chili, add a layer and heat for 20-25 seconds and let it rest a few minutes before you burn your tongue.
  • Add Above the Coals BBQ Seasonings (Classic, 2 Alarm, Carolina, or the new habanero coming out soon) and ENJOY!

I also enjoy some sour cream with my chili, and who could forget some corn bread. (Make sure to add sour cream AFTER you heat it up, or you’ll be left with a liquid mess of sour cream on top your chili.

Below you can see today’s take, because the 2nd day is always better (for chili anyways!) Just awesome!

I’ll be getting my personal chili recipe together and producing a video for you in the coming months. It’s to die for…trust me!

Chili Day 2

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Monday Deal is posted!

Carolina PileOur Monday Deal is HOT!

There is no better time for a deal that can warm your wallet, palette, and your heart. It’s one of our favorites and our 2nd best seller in the line. Our Monday Deal is our Carolina Heat Wave in our shaker top bottle, available on our Square Marketplace site!

This seasoning is great for baking, grilling, smoking, or slowing cooking. It’s been used in the crock pot here in the kitchen, and the aroma will make you excited for the end result.

This was a seasoning that wasn’t even supposed to make the line, but after some taste tests, samples, and a few focus groups, this one was a winner.

Below you will see the link to the Monday Deal on our Square Marketplace where you can get some substantial savings today, and today only! Click the link and pick up as many as you like. We are ready for your orders!
Carolina 4.5 oz Shaker on Square Market

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Monday Deal

Case of the Monday’s?

The one thing that we’ve done at Above the Coals is enhance a lot of food that is grilled/BBQ’d on the weekends. In an effort to make your weekends better, we are introducing our “Monday Deal.”

I know a lot of people (me included), that don’t care for Monday very much. I was thinking over the weekend if we did a Monday Deal, then everyone who buys from us can enjoy there weekends that much more by receiving a shipment from us…at a great price!

Here’s how it works and where you can find it!

Each and every Monday we’ll post a new deal on our Square Marketplace site where you can find all of our specials. This deal will be for one product and be limited from 1-10 units. Once the special is SOLD OUT, you will have to wait for next Monday to arrive to see what’s next. I would encourage you to act fast, because I can’t see these items lasting very long.

What are we featuring today on the Monday Deal?

We want to make your weekends better, but we don’t want to lose sight that the Holidays are less than 80 days away, so we had some Signature Classic in mind to kick off the Monday Deal!

Our Signature Classic is the staple of our line. Offering a taste that is great on everything from chicken to pork to steak and even veggies (some of the applications), we bring this seasoning to you with a “no heat” status, but delivering a sweet taste with a touch of salt, then a smokey finish. Classic is Classic and the review keep coming in from out friends on Facebook, Twitter, and G+.

This deal originally goes for $18.99 on our website, but is offered today as part of our new “Monday Deal” for just $10.45!! (That’s 45% OFF!!!) Click on the picture/link below to purchase. Oh yeah,  there’s only 5 available at this price! Once SOLD OUT, the deal is gone! (This would make a great Xmas/Holiday gift!!!)

Monday Special! 12.5 oz Signature Classic Mason on Square Market

16 ounce Mason