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  • Spirited Seasonings

    Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce

    Ground beef and rice with Jamaican Jerm Rum Spirited Sauce

    We have tested all of the other sauces in Excalibur’s Spirited Line, the last one to review is Excalibur’s Jamaican Jerk Rum Spirited Sauce. The ingredient list of this sauce is pretty amazing, we have all the seasonings you would expect to see with a Jamaican themed sauce or marinade as well as apple cider vinegar but most importantly it has Dark Rum added in! I am hoping that you can really pull some rum flavor out of it as I love a good dark rum.

    I played with a few different ideas on what this would be best on and eventually decided to just keep it simple and marinate some ground beef and cook that with rice. I vacuum packed 2 lb of ground beef with about half of a bottle and let it sit overnight to let it suck up some of the flavors. I cooked it in a pan with a little bit of onion and I mixed it with the rice.

    As soon as you open the bottle you can smell a really mouth watering mix of spices. The ginger, allspice and scotch bonnet peppers give this a wonderful aroma. The taste was great, you can taste all of those spices as well and it has a hint of vinegar and you can taste a little of the papaya as well. The Dark Rum was present in the taste but it could have been stronger in my opinion but for most people it would probably be just about right!

    So my final rankings of Excalibur’s Spirited Sauces would be Mango Moonshine (best used on fish), Kentucky Bourbon Sauce (great on grilled chicken) Jamaican Jerk Rum Sauce, then the Spicy Red Vodka Sauce (great on pasta) and then the Red Eye Moonshine sauce which was still good, it just wasn’t great on Bison.

    This also would have worked wonderfully for an easy to make Jamaican Jerk Patty, if you have the time and skill to make the tortilla like covering for it.

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  • Spirited Seasonings

    Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce

    White fish marinated in Mango Moonshine

    Excalibur’s Mango Moonshine Spirited Sauce sounds like something that would be good on white fish, or at least it does to me! With that in mind I stopped by the store last night and purchased two small frozen white fish fillets to see how it stacks up against the other Spirited Sauces. For those of you keeping score at home so far we have Kentucky Bourbon ranked #1, then the Spicy Red Vodka Sauce and in last place is the Red-Eye Moonshine Sauce. The Red-Eye suffered from pour cooking on my part so let’s not judge it too harshly!

    To help the marinade penetrate as quickly as possible I put both fillets and 3 oz of the sauce into a vacuum bag and vac sealed it. This helps by separating the fibers of the fish which allows the marinade to easily penetrate the fish.

    Okay so lesson learned, when cooking white fish on a grill with wider than usual grates use a basket of some sort! Especially white fish as it tends to be flakey when cooked anyway. I lost about 1/4 of the fish this way.

    If you like Mangos this is amazing on whitefish, the aroma hits you before the taste really but the taste is fantastic. There was some debate on what fish would have been best to use, I think Mahi Mahi would have been perfect and others said Salmon so that shows you the wide array of types of fish this would go well with. I probably would have bought some Mahi Mahi but we are trying to do this on a beer budget!

    I think I am putting this one ahead of even the Kentucky Bourbon Sauce. The sweetness of the Mango Moonshine was an obvious but still pleasant plus but there was also some complexity to it that I will have to try again on a different fish to see if I can identify what exactly it was. There is no question I will be using this again, it was awesome!

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  • Spirited Seasonings

    Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce

    Bacon Wrapped Bison Steak Marinated in Red Eye Moonshine

    Excalibur’s new Spirit Based line of seasonings and sauces all sound like they are going to be great additions to an already strong line of seasonings, the Red-Eye Moonshine is what we are going to be cooking with today. With a creamy texture and notes of coffee, tomato, chili, onion and red pepper this is a pretty complex seasoning. I’ve had a few small bison steaks in my freezer for a week or so now so I decided to marinate them with the Red-Eye Moonshine Spirited Sauce and wrap them in some homemade bacon!

    I took 2 oz of the Red-Eye Moonshine and put both bison steaks in a vac bag and I will leave them in there for about 2 hours to let them marinate. The combination of the vacuum and the tenderness of the steaks should allow these steaks to absorb a lot of the flavoring in a short time. I am going to cook them at low temperature until they reach 130°. Sadly I won’t be reverse searing them as I’m at work and just don’t have time to spend monitoring it but that is my preferred method for cooking steaks of any kind. If you have never reverse seared a steak check out this post to learn how to put a perfect sear on any steak you cook!

    I just pulled them off, somehow one of them got away from me and made it to 140°F, shame on me! That should never happen, there is no excuse that type of sloppiness! The other two look pretty perfect though.

    The Red Eye Moonshine had a very nice creaminess to it, but I think it would have gone better with a different cut of meat, the Bison was so lean that it needed something like Ultimate Steak and Roast Rub to really bring out the underlying flavors. So, out of the three Excalibur Spirited Seasonings I have tried to far I have the Kentucky Bourbon the best, then the Spicy Vodka and then the Red Eye Moonshine. That’s not to say the Red Eye wasn’t good, I just chose the wrong cut of meat, I really think the creaminess of this would help it if you were going to do some chicken and then put it in something like a Caesar Salad.

    Next I think I am going to try the Mango Moonshine Sauce on some fish, fish in the office, my coworkers are going to love me for that!

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  • Spirited Seasonings

    Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce

    Excalibur's Spicy Red Vodka Sauce

    Excalibur’s new Spirit Based line of seasonings and sauces all sound like they are going to be great additions to an already strong line of seasonings. The Kentucky Bourbon Sauce could be an interesting one as Bourbon flavoring goes well with many different types of meats and I have been fascinated by cooking with alcohol ever since my uncle taught me about the chemistry behind it when I was a teenager. Alcohol allows the water and fat molecules to bind together which allows you to experience scents more strongly as a taste. Most of what you are “tasting” when you are chewing on a delicious piece of prime rib or anything else really has more to do with scent than taste.

    I vacuum packed my chicken with 1.5 ounces of the sauce and am letting it sit for about 30 minutes before putting it on the grill. Vacuum packing meat with a marinade in the vac bag will help the marinade penetrate quicker as the vacuum is pulling the fibers of the muscle apart.

    I cooked the chicken at 325° until it reached an internal temperature of 165° which took about 25 minutes. Cooking it at a slightly lower temperature prevents the chicken from drying out and lets it retain more of its juice.

    The first thing I noticed when I pulled it off of the grill was that it had a beautiful color to it, dark caramel and brown all over that looks like it formed a slight crust around portions of the breast. The taste is complex, there is a hint of bourbon at the back of the mouth and that sweetness from the brown sugar is unmistakable. All around this is a delicious piece of chicken, if you are fan of Excalibur’s other Kentucky Bourbon sauces or a fan of Bourbon at all then I think you will be very happy with this sauce. If I was doing this again I would baste more of the sauce on as it was grilling, I did not have a Sop Mop handy and with how delicious of a coating this made I wish I had more of it!

    That is two of the Spirited Sauces I have made for my lunch in the last few days and I will be trying the Mango Moonshine next and then finish the sauces up with the Maple Whiskey. I can tell you right now I am not looking forward to the Maple Whiskey as I am not a Whiskey man, in fact some would argue I’m not much of a man at all!

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  • Spirited Seasonings Excalibur's Spicy Red Vodka Sauce

    Spicy Red Vodka Sauce

    Excalibur’s new Spirit Based line of seasonings and sauces all sound like they are going to be great additions to an already strong line of seasonings. The Spicy Red Vodka Sauce caught my eye right away because I love homemade vodka sauces but rarely make one and I generally despise store bought sauces. I am making some Rotini Pasta and I am going to drown it in the Spicy Red Vodka sauce and hopefully I will have found a Vodka Sauce in a jar that is worth eating!

    The bottles design mimics a small bottle of liquor which is cool but it’s not going to make it taste any better! As soon as I took the cap off I picked up a nice smell, some vodka but not much as vodka is not a strong scented liquor anyway. When I went to pour it on the pasta it was a lot thicker than I would have thought and than it looked in the bottle, I am taking that as a good sign.

    I used half of a bottle on a full box (16 oz) of pasta and wow is this stuff good! Very good taste and it would have been even better had I had some parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the top. The most notable thing with this seasoning though is that they were not joking about the Spicy in the name, this stuff packs a punch and I would say is one of the spicier sauces I have had from Excalibur. Not quite on the level of Smoky Habanero Chipotle but certainly every bit as hot as Sizlin Green Chili and the heat stays around. I finished my sample about 10 minutes ago and I can still feel the heat in my mouth, it’s not a scorching heat just a pleasant heat that lingers.

    There is no question about it, I have found my new vodka sauce, next time I make it I am going to cook some chicken and cut it into strips and add it to the past.

    If the rest of this line is anywhere near as good as this one then this line is going to be a success!

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