Food Network Contest – Grill Mayor of 2012

Huge Contest and Prizes!

Brought to you by the Grillerhood

McCormick’s Grill Mates and their Grillerhood Facebook Page are giving away a prize package second to none.

Here’s what you could win:

  • Grand Prize: 2 trips to New York City for winner and a guest
  • 2 nights first-class hotel accommodations
  • $100 Food Network gift card
  • Food Network Grilling Cookbook
  • Omaha Steaks grilling kit
  • Assortment of Grill Mates products
  • Dinner for Grand Prize Winner and one guest at a Food Network’s chef restaurant in New York City
  • Two VIP access passes to a premiere New York City BBQ Festival
  • Tour of the Food Network kitchens in New York City
Food Network Kitchen Tour

You could win a tour of the Food Network Kitchens

How do you enter to win? It’s EASY!

Grill Mayor 2012 Contest

Grill Mayor 2012 Contest

  1. Just complete the entry form at www.foodnetwork.com/grillmayor
  2. Your submission should include a tip or piece of advice for grilling (in less than 100 words) as well as a picture demonstrating this grilling tip.

That’s it. Easy peasy, huh?

Now you have to get right on this because the contest ends at 4:59PM Eastern Time, July 31st, 2012.

Think of your grilling advice or tip, take a picture, and enter. We would LOVE to see a HotSauceDaily.com reader win this big contest!

Let us know if you entered this contest by leaving a Comment below, and we’ll select a random Comment for a special prize from HotSauceDaily.

McCormick Grill Mates Grillerhood on Facebook – Enter our Giveaway

We’ve partnered with McCormick® Grill Mates® and their Grillerhood community on Facebook to bring you the best in grilling seasonings, easy recipes, and grilling techniques. We’ll be learning from the experts, and sharing tips and tricks from people like you.

Join the Grillerhood on Facebook!

What sets grillers apart from ordinary cooks? It’s a secret. Or rather, it’s their secrets — those tips, tricks and flavors that turn good food into grilled greatness. That’s why McCormick® Grill Mates® created “The Grillerhood,” the first-ever social media hub that allows grilling experts to share their secrets with each other — whether they’re contributing to the ultimate crowd-sourced grilling guidebook, sharing inspiring recipes or competing for the title of the ultimate “Grill Mayor.”

True Rule #1 – “YOU SHALL BE A DECENT HOST AND SERVE GUESTS THE WELL DONE MEAT THEY’VE ASKED FOR. BUT BE A GREAT GRILLER AND OFFER THEM A TASTE OF YOUR PERFECT STEAK.”

The Grillerhood is a one-stop grilling resource. This season, the central mission for the community is to create the ultimate crowd-sourced grilling guidebook: “True Rules of Grilling.” Through real-time conversation, Facebook polls and expert input, the “True Rules of Grilling” will compile the wisdom and secrets of the grilling community into the first-ever, definitive compendium of how, what and why to grill.

Members of The Grillerhood are also encouraged to share their own “True Rules” — the secrets that take their grilling to the next level — for the opportunity to be declared the ultimate “Grill Mayor.” Beginning May 21, contestants simply upload a photo and their favorite grilling tip to FoodNetwork.com/grillmayor for a chance to win a round trip for two to New York, including a personal tour of the Food Network Kitchens, where winners can discover even more grilling secrets. Three grand prizes will be awarded. Deadline is 7/31/12.

Join the Grillerhood!

McCormick Grill Mates on Facebook

Grab your tongs and join us! We’re taking grilling and flavor to the limits!

Simply “Like” Grill Mates on Facebook and you will discover:

  • Trade Grilling Secrets
  • Sizzling Techniques
  • Access to Exclusive Content
  • The “Definitive” True Rules of Grilling
  • How to Share Recipes and Tips
  • Special Rewards for Members!

Win This Fabulous Prize Package!

Grillerhood Apron Giveaway

Contest has been Extended until Midnight June 23rd!

  • Large green Grillerhood apron with lots of pockets
  • Chef’s Hat & Grilling Mitt
  • Large grilling tongs, fork, & spatula
  • Assortment of McCormick’s Grill Mates spices, rubs & marinade
  • Recipe cards for easy summer grilling

How can you win? Entry is easy! For EACH of the following steps, you will earn ONE entry into the contest. The more you do, the better your chances are at winning. Simply leave a Comment below (that’s 1 automatic entry), telling us which steps you did. We WILL check. One entry per person please (includes all 5 steps).

  1. “Like” the Grillerhood on Facebook
  2. Share or Like THIS post on your Facebook Page – you can use http://hsd.to/grillmates-01
  3. Tweet the following: “Great #Grillmates Giveaway on @HotSauceDaily http://hsd.to/grillmates-01
  4. Plus +1 this post on Google+ (use the floating buttons on the top left)
  5. Bonus Entry – Pin the Apron pic on Pinterest!

Good Luck! The Contest will end at midnight, Saturday, June 23rd (EST). Winner will be announced Sunday, June 24th!

Steakhouse Onion Burgers with Grilled Potatoes

Grill Mates Steakhouse Onion Burgers

Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning seasons ground beef and potato wedges with savory garlic and onion flavors.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

2 medium red potatoes, pierced with fork
2 tablespoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning, divided
2 teaspoons oil
1 pound ground beef
4 hamburger rolls
Lettuce, tomato and condiments (optional)

1. Microwave potatoes on HIGH 7 minutes or until almost tender, turning potatoes over
halfway through cooking. Let stand 2 minutes. Cut potatoes into wedges. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the Seasoning and oil.

2. Mix ground beef and remaining 1 tablespoon Seasoning in medium bowl until well blended. Shape into 4 patties.

3. Grill burgers over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through (internal temperature of 160°F). Grill potato wedges 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned and grill marks appear. Serve burgers on toasted rolls. Garnish with desired toppings and condiments. Serve with potato wedges.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 439 Calories, Fat 19g, Carbohydrates 40g, Cholesterol 70mg, Sodium 970mg, Fiber 3g, Protein 27g
Printable PDF recipe

We grilled baby red potatoes on skewers, and made the burgers as “sliders”. Here’s how delicious ours turned out!

Our Grill Mates Steakhouse Onion Burger Sliders

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to enter our contest!

Hot and Spicy on History Channel Modern Marvels


This Press Release just came in from Bruce and Cindy Wilkens of CinChili.com:

MODERN MARVELS: HOT & SPICY ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL!

Tune into the History Channel, Thursday March 18th at 8 PM, Eastern Time; 7 PM Central. The Modern Marvels series, will be broadcasting a new episode, called Hot & Spicy.

Chili head alert!

It’s time to get hot and spicy. First we’ll take you to the home of sizzling Tabasco sauce–McIlhenny Company of Louisiana, and to McCormick in Baltimore, Maryland–the leading spice manufacturer in the world.

Then, head down south to see who likes it hot at the Southern Mississippi Chili Cook Off. At the Chile Pepper Institute, taste the rare “Bhut Jolokia,” the hottest Chile pepper in the world, and learn about the chemical substance capsaicin, which gives the “Bhut” and other popular peppers their tongue-burning heat.
At Sol Toro restaurant in Connecticut, owned by basketball great Michael Jordan, customers need to sign a waiver to dine on their sizzling dishes.
Go to the manufacturers of horseradish, wasabi and mustard to find out how their roots and seeds deliver their own distinctive blazing burn.
Using the same heat many savor, we”ll demonstrate the powerful punch of pepper spray as a weapon.
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Compare Jerk Seasoning – A review of 4 jerk products

five jerk seasoning compared
We rubbed some chicken thighs with 4 different jerk seasonings to see how they compare, then grilled them to jerk-perfection!

Here are the players:

Neera’s Hot Jamaican Jerk Spice Grilling Paste

Pickapeppa Hot Spicy Jerk Seasoning

Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

McCormick Jamaican Jerk Seasoning – Not tasted

McCormick Caribbean Jerk Seasoning Sweet & Spicy

We began by rubbing each seasoning on a pair of skinless chicken thighs the night before.

The next day, it was time to grill these spicy jerk chicken pieces, and see which we liked best.

Here’s what we thought about each of the spices/rubs…
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