Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Radical Review Wednesday: Char Crust Review and Giveaway

Char Crust is so good that I am not going to start my post with the usual personal story tie-in to the product. I am just going to say that you need to enter my giveaway, then go buy some! Char Crust is dry-rub seasonings that consist of premium herb blends, spices and other natural ingredients that can be simply rubbed onto the surface of uncooked meat or fish, or sprinkled over raw vegetables then broiled, baked, grilled, pan-seared, roasted, or sautéed.

boxes of Char Crust

I was given 4 flavors to try:
Roasted Garlic Peppercorn features the robust flavor of roasted garlic and onions with the zing of peppercorns and a hint of Worcestershire and lavender.
Ginger Teriyaki is a balance of sweet teriyaki, fragrant ginger, plus a tingly touch of wasabi that lends a new dimension and creates a modern teriyaki interpretation.
Amazin’ Cajun is a spicy-sweet blend of piquant cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, oregano and a mélange of other Mardi Gras flavors.
All American Barbecue takes the best flavors of American barbecue and blends them into a tangy-sweet, slightly spicy rub. 

All American Barbecue rub on chicken, ready for the oven

I tried the All American Barbeque flavor to dredge boneless, skinless chicken breast in. I used it in the classic way - dipped the chicken in an egg/milk mixture then coated the chicken in Char Crust and baked. I used the entire package on 6 big breasts. The chicken came out AMAZING. I have never made chicken so juicy! There really was a crust that you could peel back that kept the juices in. The All American Barbecue flavor started out sweet then turned spicy. It was very very spicy. Even my spice loving husband thought it was almost too spicy for him. Next time, I would only coat the top. Three days later, I used the leftover chicken in a quesedilla, and it was still juicy, spicy and flavorful.

pork chops rubbed with Roasted Garlic Peppercorn Char Crust

Roasted Garlic Peppercorn was my favorite. I used this one as a dry rub, rubbed it on some boneless pork chops then let them sit in the fridge for a few hours. There was plenty of the seasoning left over. Then Jeff grilled them on our Griddler, They came out perfect, too. It was my first time using a dry rub, and I was impressed. The Roasted Garlic Peppercorn was not as spicy as the Barbecue flavor but it still had a wonderful kick.

Pork Chops all done

Char Crust is available in stores - many of these stores are small, independently-owned businesses: butcher shops, gourmet stores, grocers, even hardware stores. Visit the Char Crust web site to find a store near you or to order online. You'll be glad you did! You can connect with Char Crust on Facebook.

Want to win the same 4 boxes of seasonings that I tried? Entering is easy - just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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*I received 4 boxes of the product to try. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. I wanted to enter your Birthday Chronicle giveaway but it is Over.