Thursday, August 13, 2015


Ever want something to spice up your bbq? I recently did, and I did exactly that. However, I didn't quite SPICE it up, it was more of a sweet upgrade than anything. I love mixing different flavors to see how they react to each other in my cooking. I also love reducing flavors in heat and seeing how they react. These two tricks played out in this BBQ sauce upgrade between the cumin and the cinnamon.

Cumin is native to the Mediterranean near India. Coming from seeds originally, it has a robust flavor that can be described as bitter. It has a strong, warm aroma. Cinnamon, has an equally as strong aroma, however the word to use with cinnamon is obviously sweet. I expected these two to mellow each other out, and the steak rub to add that extra kick. I also love when sweet flavors carmelize out in cooking.

The olive oil made the mixture more fluid so it would be easier to spread, and it would melt into the chicken easier.

We put the BBQ sauce on the chicken for the last ten minutes of cooking time so that it doesn't burn off. We also drizzled some EVOO right before they went on the grill to help the cooking process.


INGREDIENTS: All ingredients can be your brand of choice. Recipe good for 4 breasts.
  • Bbq sauce, 3 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp of cumin
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of steak rub
  • 2 tbsp EVOO 
  1. Combine BBQ sauce, cumin, cinnamon, and rub in a bowl.
  2. Whisk the EVOO in until it is a smooth texture
  3. Drizzle the chicken breasts with EVOO 
  4. Place them on the hot grill and cook them for 10 minutes, flip a few times
  5. Spread the BBQ sauce mixture over the chicken 
  6. Cook for another 10 minutes, flip a few more times
  7. Make sure it is cooked all the way through
  8. Enjoy!

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