smoked jalapeno burgers + a giveaway!

by Amy on 18 October 2010

smoked salts + spices are popping up everywhere – on menus, in gourmet magazines, on cooking shows – so i was incredibly pleased when smokehouse salt offered to send me four of their smoked spices – hickory smoked sea salt, hickory smoked jalapeno, hickory smoked onion + pecan smoked hawaiian sugar.

initially i was going to use these on a braised meat, such as a short rib or brisket, but as it was 80+ degrees this past weekend, i knew i needed something a bit lighter. bingo! smoked spice burgers on the grill.

we grabbed a pound of ground beef (80% lean – arguably the best for at-home grilling) + divided it into three 1/3 pound burgers. one was blended with smoked onion, one with smoked jalapeno, + one with both. all were dusted generously with hickory smoked sea salt + fresh black pepper, + grilled to medium.

as the spicy-food lover of the household, i opted for the smoked jalapeno/onion burger, topped it with sartori reserve ‘bellavitano’ cheese, a slice of fresh tomato + a touch of sriracha sauce. the verdict? these smoked spices are seriously tasty. the marriage of the smoked jalapeno + sriracha sauce was heaven. if i’d change anything in the future, i’d amp up the amount of smoked spices in the burgers – they can handle it. (i think 1 teaspoon of smoked spice per burger would be perfect).

what happened to the pecan smoked hawaiian sugar, you ask? i was planning on creating some sort of chocolate chipotle popsicles with it, but the weather was so nice that i couldn’t stay inside + cook or blog any longer. i had to get out + enjoy the sun! look for the recipe sometime next week.

now for the good stuff – the giveaway! smokehouse salt has kindly offered the same four smoked spices sample pack to one lucky fearless homemaker reader. to enter the giveaway:
1. mandatory entry: leave a comment below telling me which of the four smoked spices you are most excited about trying.
2. additional entry: tweet about this giveaway + include @amy_donovan so i’m able to see it. come back here + leave an additional comment letting me know you tweeted about it.

the contest will end on friday, october 22, 2010 at 5 PM CST. the winner will be selected randomly + announced on monday morning. winner will be emailed + has 48 hours to respond. if there is no response after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. contest open to residents of the U.S. only.

disclosure: i received a sample of smokehouse salt spices to facilitate my review. my review + opinions are solely my own, because that’s how the fearless homemaker rolls.

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1 bruce barone October 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

pecan smoked hawaiian sugar

2 lin October 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

mmm, i’ve always wanted to try smoked salt… as a lover of heat, i would be all over that jalapeno. thanks, amy!

3 carrie crompton October 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

Hi Amy! Love the blog post. I love all kinds of salts but haven’t tried too many of the smoked varieties. It is hard to choose just one, but I have would have to say I would choose Hickory Smoked Onion. Yummy!

4 carrie crompton October 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

I just tweeted about the blog post!

5 Marion Westby October 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Hickory smoked onion :). Either way I love smoked spices… you should def try out smoked paprika (generally it is Spanish sweet peppers…look for the ones that are really smoked over oak fires, like those by Penzeys or the Spice House).

6 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) October 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I think I’d most enjoy the jalapeno variety. I’ve got a Mexi-turkey burger recipe in mind, and this would be PERFECT for helping season the meat!!

7 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) October 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Tweet, tweet! Shared this post w/all my twitter friends!

8 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

Oh I’m with you — the spicy has my name all over it!

9 allison keaney October 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

pecan smoked hawaiian sugar
GReat review!

10 Liza October 19, 2010 at 1:02 pm

The pecan smoked hawaiian sugar sounds SO interesting–wonder how that would work with roasted sweet potatoes?

Thanks for the chance to win!


ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

11 Lisa B. October 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

They all look delicious but I’d most love to try the jalapeno!

12 Lisa B. October 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I tweeted the giveaway! :) @Berksgirl

13 Heidi K October 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I am most excited to try the hickory smoked sea salt spice. Sounds delicious!

14 Ashley October 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

The sea salt! I love sea salt, so smoked must be good!

15 leslie October 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Pecan smoked Hawaiian sugar sounds amazing!
Thanks for the giveaway!
lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

16 Elaine October 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Definitely jalapeno!

17 Serafina October 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The smoked sea-salt sounds great. It would be so versatile!

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18 Cee October 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I’d be most interested to try the hickory smoked jalapeno. That sounds amazing!

19 Lynsy October 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I would LOVE to make cookies dusted with the pecan smoked hawaiian sugar.

20 Beth October 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hickory smoked sea salt, for sure!

21 tess October 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

we love the hot stuff- bring on the jalapeno !
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22 Kristen October 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’m excited to try the hickory smoked onion.

23 Janelle October 20, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I’d love to try the pecan smoked Hawaiian sugar!

24 Jessica L October 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

The Hickory Smoked Onion sounds delicious!

25 Cyndee October 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

Pecan smoked hawaiian sugar has me drooling!!!

26 Brooke October 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

Hawaiian sounds fantastic – especially on a turkey burger. nom!

27 Sam October 21, 2010 at 11:55 am

I’ve actually have this brand of spices sitting in my pantry right now. I love them. The jalapeno, onion and garlic are by far my favorite. I make a mad Chili with them too

28 Lydia October 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Pecan smoked hawaiian definately, sounds delish!

29 Nichola October 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Pecan smoked Hawaiian sugar sounds amazing. I’d love to try it on pineapple.

30 Mollie October 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I’d be into the Hawaiian!!

31 Lauren October 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I say Hawaiian too!

32 Liz, Love. October 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I’m most excited to try jalapeno, I love anything spicy!

33 Kimberly October 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I am excited about trying the pecan smoked hawaiian sugar. They all sound good.

34 Emily R October 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I would love to try the smoked sugar, I have tried smoked salt and loved it, but would love to experiment with sweet and smoky :)

35 Emily r October 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Just re-tweeted the giveaway @poodle_power

36 Deb Duchon October 22, 2010 at 12:07 am

The Hickory-smoked with onion is calling me. Would be great on slow-cooked ribs with an onion-y barbecue sauce.

37 Amber D. October 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

The smoked salt one sounds delish!

38 Leah October 22, 2010 at 9:43 am

I’m excited about the pecan hawaiian sugar! It sounds incredible! Your burgers sound amazing, too. Thanks for the post!

39 Leah October 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

I tweeted ya!

40 Keilann October 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The pecan smoked hawaiian sugar sounds scrumptious!

41 Natalie October 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

The jalapeno! It has to be my favorite flavor anything right now (except for chocolate).

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