Deliciously sticky and sweet 5 spices mingle with maple powder, spanish smoked paprika, ginger and chipotle. Perfect for roast pork, ribs, pulled pork and stir fry. A medium heat but definitely family friendly.
Freshly ground and blended in New Zealand from locally grown and imported gourmet ingredients: Natural Coconut Sugar, Ginger, Garlic, Fennel, Organic NZ Kosher Sea Salt, Chipotle, Spanish Smoked Paprika, Cumin Seeds, Tomato Flakes, Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, Spices and Maple Powder.
• No artificial colours or flavours
• No preservatives
• No MSG
• All vegan ingredients
ALLERGEN NOTE: Some ingredients are packed in premises that also handle oats, gluten, soy milk, sesame seeds and tree nuts.
In our household, we are all about food with flavour. Gone are the days where I would simply pop some meat to roast in the oven or grill meat plain, now we love to marinade, infuse and rub flavour into food to give it the extra flavour edge. Having been lucky enough to try some of Raptor Naturals' products before, I knew that there new range of spice rubs would be perfect for us, and I was really excited to see this 5 Spice BBQ flavour, as it is one which I haven't really experimented with too much before.
The pack is a single-use sachet which is great if you are looking for something to take camping or to the bach to not take up much room. Being a herb and spice rub, the one pack contains all that you need to flavour, meaning that you don't need to buy or take all of the individual ingredients separately, and it is already balanced for you, taking all of the guess-work out of flavouring your food. The packet comes with really simple cooking instructions on the back- simply oil, rub in and then cook. I decided that, given how simple it seemed I would really put it to the test, so I'd let my 4 year old help me with the preparation. Even she could use it exactly as instructed with a little supervision, meaning that this rub would be perfect for even the most novice chef.
We had some pork steaks and chops in the freezer, so I decided that this rub would be perfect for them. After rubbing in and leaving to marinate for a little longer than the pack suggested (approximately 3 hours) we popped the pork on the barbecue to really enhance the smoky flavour. The flavour was delicious. Slightly more tex-mex than I was expecting, but the Chinese five-spice still shone through for a delightful twist. I finished off the steaks with a glaze of honey for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, and this really helped to enhance the flavour from the mix. Whilst there was a little heat, it certainly wasn't enough to put off either of my two kids, creating the perfect family-friendly meal in a flash.
What a little packet, but what flavour it produces. Easy to use, perfectly balanced and easy to transport, the perfect solution for so many holiday dramas. Suitable for the whole family in terms of size and flavour, we will be adding these to our list this Summer.
I love a good five spice mix although every new brand is quite different from the last. Suffice to say that I like them all! We had been given a slab of wild pork which both of us thought would be ideal to cook in the slow cooker with the 5 Spice BBQ Pork rub, so we prepared it first thing in the morning and left it chugging away all day on a low setting. Although it was a hot day, and all the windows were open, the aroma of the cooking meat filled the kitchen and followed us out to the garden!
When the time came to serve it, the result was mouth-watering - fragrant and juicy, and so tender that the occasional bone just fell out when we lifted the cooked meat from the pan. We had not been quite sure about how much spice to use, so had ended up putting the entire packet in - but it turned out that these proportions were just right. Any more would have been overwhelming so I was delighted at the outcome. There was some left over; this was frozen for another dinner. A week later we defrosted and reheated the remaining meat; we were pleased to find that it had lost none of its potency - an important point as it is not always possible to prepare a meal in a slow cooker when away from home.
Because there were only two of us to evaluate the effectiveness of the spice, we served the meat with a different range of vegetables on each occasion. The first time round, we added mashed potatoes, tomatoes and spring onions; the second time, we served it with black rice and stir-fried vegetables. On balance, we preferred the second selection - possibly because it seemed to be more in the Oriental tradition, although I doubt that it mattered too much. The meat on both occasions was delicious!
There was a piquant aftertaste to the meat when we bit into it - no doubt due to the chipotle and various peppers included. However, the dominant tastes were those of fennel and star anise, both flavours that I am very partial to. It is amazing how different meat becomes when it is enhanced by carefully selected spices; a plain meal suddenly becomes a gourmet feast. Raptor's combination of spices is one of the nicest we have tried, and one which we will look forward to trying again with a different meat dish.
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