McCormick Grill Mates and Marinade in a Bag

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We were sent a stack of Grill Mates and Marinade in a Bag products from McCormicks to use and, if we felt inclined to, blog about. Other than receiving the product to review, we weren't incentivised in any other way. What you're about to read is an honest, unbiased review of McCormick Grill Mates and Marinade in a Bag products.

For the vegans reading this, the Grill Mates Classic BBQ flavour is vegan so I took two bags to use through the week. My first thought was to follow the recipe provided and make vegetable skewers. To make the Grill Mates seasoning stick to the vegetables, I recommend lightly piling the skewers or using vegetables with juicy flesh (capsicum, tomatoes and I used pineapple - not a vegetable, I know!)

McCormick Grill Mates - vegetable skewers
Token pre-chop shot.
Here's my tip for making skewers: soak the skewers for an hour or so in warm water before you stack whatever you're skewering on. It reduces the amount of burn on the ends of the skewers.


McCormick Grill Mates - vegetable skewers
Vegetables skewered and ready for cooking.
What I didn't take a photos of is the sweet potato slices I also added the Grill Mates Classic BBQ to. After peeling the sweet potato, cut it into 1cm thick slices and laid them on a plate in the single layer, then put them in the microwave them for 2 minutes. I then flipped them over and put them back in the microwave for a further 1 minute. Once they had softened, I coated them in Grill Mates Classic BBQ and put them on the BBQ grill for about 5 minutes each side.

McCormick Grill Mates - vegetable skewers
Cooking away for about 2 minutes on each side.
The sweet potato medallions were delicious. The salt and spice from the Grill Mates Classic BBQ brought out the flavour of the sweet potato and added a depth of flavour regular salt or BBQ seasoning doesn't. The vegetable skewers might've been a bit better without the pineapple. The saltiness of the Grill Mates Classic BBQ simply didn't go well with pineapple and overpowered the other vegetables.

I used the second bag later in the week with tofu and mushroom skewers and it worked a lot better. As you're aware, tofu doesn't have a strong flavour so the punch from the Grill Mates Classic BBQ was a great addition.

Blogged by Tom

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When I received my esky full of McCormicks products, I immediately had my eye on these new Grill Mates.  One of the suggested recipes from McCormick was the Mediterranean Chicken pizza with Basil.

Very simple to make and looked great on paper, however I'm not really a fan of seasoning on meats, I prefer wet marinades, but this pizza was a bit too hard to turn down.
McCormick Grill Mates - Mediterranean Chicken pizza with basil
McCormick Grill Mates - Mediterranean Chicken pizza with basil
I used chicken thigh rather than breast and I used Lebanese flat bread for the pizza base as it was weeknight (normally I make my own base), but the rest I followed the recipe just to see how it would turn out.  
McCormick Grill Mates - Mediterranean Chicken pizza with basil
McCormick Grill Mates - Mediterranean Chicken pizza with basil (cooked)
The resulting pizza looked and smelt great.  It tasted good...... the seasoning was nothing special unfortunately - a bit too salty for my liking, but to improve, I think it would be better to mince the seasoned chicken and spread it evenly over the pizza rather than have large pieces.  This is because whilst eating, there would be parts where it was quite boring, and then salty from the seasoning.  I prefer a more balanced taste with each bite.

I love cooking with marinated meats, so I quickly jumped at the opportunity to try 2 new flavours from McCormick Marinade in a Bag range.  My previous experiences with these Marinade in a Bags (here) was pretty successful in making a delicious finger licking ribs and drumstick night.

This time round, Native Herbs and Spices and Spicy BBQ was to be flavours for my next bbq ribs night.  
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Native herbs and spice
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Native herbs and spice
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Spicy BBQ
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Spicy BBQ
After purchasing 3 kgs of pork ribs, I used 1 kg in each of the bags and created my own marinade for the last kg.

Both of the marinade bags smelt great when opened.  I left the ribs in each pack and waited patiently for 30 minutes before starting my BBQ

As shown below, the top row of ribs is the Spicy BBQ, middle is my own recipe and on the bottom is the Native Herbs and Spices.
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Spicy BBQ and Native Herb and Spices
McCormick Marinade in a bag - Spicy BBQ(top) and Native Herb and Spices (bottom)
I left these in the BBQ for over 45 minutes, turning occasionally and basting the rest of the marinade back onto the ribs.  My oh my, did it smell good when the occasional splash of the juices dropped onto the flames.  My dogs were licking their lips and circling my BBQ continuously.

McCormick Marinade in a bag - Spicy BBQ and Native Herb and Spices
RIBS!!!!
Serving time - Spicy BBQ was the better of the 2 flavours tonight.  It was more of a pepper steak, rather than spicy.  It was still sweetish, tangy like BBQ with a strong black pepper after taste.  Unfortunately the Native Herbs and Spices was quite flavourless in comparison when both of these marinades were eaten at the same time.  BBQ ribs are always an awesome dish to cook up, but with these Marinade in a Bags, it makes is easier to create a finger licking good meal without the fuss and mess of preparing a marinade from scratch.  

After trying all the flavours of these Marinade in a Bags from McCormick, I highly recommend the Sticky BBQ for ribs, and the Honey and Soy for Chicken.

Blogged by Hayes 



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