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Grills Up, America!

June 11th, 2018 by Kristie Cotter


Hey, it’s Tom.  After a three week spring season here in Colorado, summer has roared in with blazing heat.  Across the country, people are pulling out the charcoal grills, gas grills, smokers, and camp stoves. One thing I love about the diehard grillers and smokers is they will brush six inches of snow off their smoker at 3:00 a.m. to get a pork butt on for lunch, and grilling in the summer almost seems too easy (except for battling the mosquitos).

A great part of my job is working with people to get their rubs and seasonings to market.  Whether we’re helping Colorado Smokin’ Butts get their delicious rubs to the retail market or working with a local chain to standardize their product across all locations, it’s a delicious job to have!  Recently, we worked with our friends Mitch & Chris Hoyt from Skinny Sticks Pure Maple Syrup on a maple sugar rub.  Oh my!  The incredible aromas and flavors we created!

Our R&D team reaches beyond the walls of our facility.  Our friend Ryan Schleisman (Elevation Medical in Fort Collins) is always willing to do a pork butt on the Big Green Egg with one of these blends and report back.  What a team player!  I wonder if he would do a pizza on the Egg if we brought some Custom Blending Pizza Sauce seasoning and Uncle Bemis Hot Italian Sausage over...

If you’re so inclined, pick up some of our Uncle Bemis Bratwurst seasoning at Scheels in Johnstown, CO and grind your own brats.  You don’t have to put them in casings – just patty out the ground brat and grill it like a burger.  Serve on a pretzel bun with a spicy mustard. Yummy.

AutoZone has a slogan, “Hood’s Up America.”  I say, “Grills Up America!”  Food always brings people together.  Pull your grill, smoker, camp stove, or fire pit, to the driveway, get out the cornhole game, turn up some summertime tunes, invite the neighbors, cook some great food, and enjoy life.