My parents came up to Washington from California to see my brother’s newest baby (SO cute!) so while they were here, we had a full-blown BBQ! I received this awesome kit from Crowdtap* and McCormick filled with some old favorites (like their Montreal Steak Seasoning) but also some of their NEW line like Memphis Pit BBQ.


We had so much fun trying out all the seasonings. My mom Karen really liked the Molasses Bacon Seasoning that we used to make crackers for a Canada Party (recipe to come soon). So remember that Grill Mates don’t have to be just used on meat!! That being said, you could also use the Molasses Bacon Seasoning to make Bacon Turkey Burgers by using it to season your ground turkey meat and then topping off with a grilled pineapple slice. YUM.

Of course what is a McCormick night without their famous Montreal Steak Seasoning! Though this can be a tad too spicy, if you want something with a bite to it, this is for you. Very peppery, you will not need to add any additional steak sauce to this flavorful mix…everything you need is in there…

On our ribeye steaks, we added Brown Sugar Bourbon sauce (see recipe below) which was my favorite. It was a little sweet so wasn’t Hubby’s favorite but I could have eaten it all! One of their newest lines, I think this one will become a staple at our house!

What the men in my family really liked was the Spiced Brandy & Herb that we used on our pork spare ribs. It was quick to  make, too, just add 1/4 cup of oil and water to their mix then marinate for 1/2 an hour- easy as that! Hubby said this would have been good on either pork or steak. He feels that sometimes marinades don’t have enough salt in them but this was very flavorful.

Brown Sugar Bourbon Steak (or pork) With Grilled Sweet Potato

4 medium sweet potatoes, pierced with a fork

4 (or one per person) Rib Eye Steaks (or you could use 4 lbs pork baby back ribs)

1 Cup McCormick Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Microwave the sweet potatoes on HIGH 7 minutes or until almost tender, turning sweet potatoes over halfway through cooking. Let stand 2 minutes. Cut sweet potatoes into wedges.

Place your steak on the grill and brush sauce on the exposed side. Grill for about 7-8 minutes on medium high then flip and brush sauce on the other side and cook until your preferred doneness (or if using ribs- put over indirect medium heat with lid closed 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender, turning occasionally. Brush the BBQ sauce the last 10 minutes of cooking). Grill sweet potatoes over medium heat 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned, brushing with remaining BBQ Sauce.

If you would like more BBQ recipes, seeing McCormick’s page at You can purchase McCormick’s products at most grocery stores.


Thanks again to Crowdtap! If you don’t know what Crowdtap is, you HAVE to check out their site. Just for answering some hits every once in awhile (quick questions), you can earn FREE products and money for your favorite charities. See what I’ve earned so far here which includes free coats, jeans, pre-screening movie tickets and more!

My mom Karen & my dad with my kids!




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