Next-Level Barbecue: Hit ‘em With a Harissa Rub

With barbecue season just around the corner, you may already be thinking about your first grill of the year. But rather than go with the same old tomato-based sauces, why not buck tradition and spice things up a bit with a new flavor? Our harissa is the perfect match for your barbecue, bringing a new flavor and fun to your favorite smoky dishes. Read on to find out what happens when harissa meets grill!

The Rub

Wet rubs have been a secret weapon for pitmasters since barbecue became a thing. Upgrade your rubs with harissa! The bold and carefully balanced flavors of our harissa match perfectly with the subtle smokiness of barbecue. Here are some ideas for incorporating harissa into your rubs:

  • Mix harissa with brown sugar for a sweet-and-spicy wet rub that has just the right amount of tang, perfect for ribs, chicken or pork tenderloin.
  • Use harissa as is for an authentic rub that’s deliciously different. Try it with shrimp, chicken legs and lamb chops. Garnish with minced parsley to add a bit of color and flavor.
  • Add harissa to your favorite Cajun or crab seasoning for a next-level seafood rub and get grilling!
  • Create a rub with harissa, cumin seeds, cilantro and chipotle powder for an amazing twist on skirt steak, chicken breast and more — perfect for fajita night.

Versatility

You’ve heard them before: phrases like “all-in-one” or “universal.” We get the appeal. When it comes to spicy, authentic sauces, harissa is one of the most versatile in the kitchen. That means more bang for your buck, less clutter and an easy solution to every flavor profile.

Our harissa has a deep red color, bold peppery flavor and just enough tang to make you want more. Try it on your favorite seafood, veggies and chicken. It’s also a natural addition to heartier meats like beef, pork, lamb and salmon steaks — just slather it on and grill away. For something a bit lighter, try it as a rub for scallops with cracked coriander seed, or smother it on bone-in chicken breast and serve with lemon wedges. Hosting vegetarians or vegans? Harissa is a perfect match for grilled vegetables like eggplant, mushrooms, onions, summer squash, bell peppers and asparagus.

Harissa also stands alone as a condiment, or you can mix it with pomegranate molasses or maple syrup to create a next-level glaze for finishing. And don’t forget about marinades! Try blending harissa with soy sauce and brown sugar for a killer marinade pre-grill.

Break the Mold

Daring to be different can be a good thing, especially when it comes to food. When flavors become ordinary or boring, it’s time to spice things up! Add this magical Moroccan condiment to the foods at your next barbecue and you’ll have everyone wondering what your secret ingredient is. Tell them, or don’t — we won’t tell. Either way, they’ll love the barbecue and so will you! So why not grab a jar of Casablanca Market Harissa and start perfecting your sauces and rubs right away so they’re perfect for when it’s time to fire up the grill?

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July 22, 2018 by Katia Essyad

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