My family loves to grill. Summer, winter, spring or fall; it makes no difference to us. Given the option, we would probably grill just about every night.
We also like to experiment with new flavors and textures when we are grilling. We use seasoned wood chips and wood planks; different kinds of marinades; spices galore and various types of rubs and crusts.
One of our favorites is Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub. It is great for use in grilling but it can also be used in baking and broiling. You have to love that kind of versatility.
I find all Char Crust products utterly amazing. I have already reviewed their spicy Amazin’ Cajun, which is my favorite. Here, we’ll talk all about ginger teriyaki.
Invented by restaurateur, Al Farber, these crusty rubs add texture, flavor and zing to just about any type of meat. Once a mainstay at Farber’s steakhouse, the public outcry for the product eventually turned it into a family business that has passed down through the generations.
Restaurants continue to use Farber’s Char Crust today. Its popularity and versatility make it a true mainstay. Now, home cooks can enjoy using it too.
Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub works great on chicken, shrimp and steak. However, don’t be afraid to use it on pork or other seafood. It is sweet and spicy with the perfect balance required to turn a meal from something ordinary to something extraordinary.
Char Crust rubs work great for sealing in the juices of the meat as it cooks. The crisp outer coating adds dimension and interest while making certain the natural flavor of the dish can never escape in the cooking process.
Char Crust rubs are also easy to use. Begin by coating your meat with a bit of olive oil to give the crust something to adhere to. Next, add an even coating of the rub over the meat. Make sure to cover every inch.
If you are grilling, make sure the grill is very hot before adding the meat to it. Before hand, brush a bit of cooking oil over the grate to make certain the meat won’t stick.
If you are broiling, get the broiler to full heat before placing the meat underneath it. Use a lightly oiled pan or skillet to hold the dish as it cooks. The oil coating will keep the crust from burning or sticking.
If you are fixing the food on top of the stove, spritz some cooking spray into the skillet after it is fully heated. Then add the meat to the oil.
Whatever cooking method you choose be sure to get a good sear on the meat to seal the juices inside. Then continue cooking until you achieve the desired temperature.
Each 4-oz package of Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub contains 38 servings. A serving size is 1 tsp., which is about 3 grams. There are 8 calories per serving.
Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub contains 120 micrograms of salt, which may make it out of the reach for those who are watching their salt intake. It also contains 2 grams of carbohydrates.
On the flip side, Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub contains no fat or cholesterol. Neither does it offer any nutritional value such as protein or vitamins and minerals.
Ingredients include: caramel coloring, garlic, ginger, mixed spices, mustard, natural smoke flavor, orange peel, onion, paprika, processed wheat, salt, soy sauce powder, sugar and washbi.
I have discovered that Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub is equally good for using on mixed vegetables. To use it that way, just coat the vegetables with a bit of olive oil. Then sprinkle in the crust powder and toss to evenly coat. Cook by whatever method desired.
Whether you choose to use this delicious crust on meat, vegetables or both, I can guarantee the end result will be a meal you’ll never forget. Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. This rub has a taste that is rich with a hint of spice and lots of sweetness.
Appearance: 5 stars: Your meal will look just as good as it tastes. No restaurant could do better.
Nutrition: 3 stars. The salt content is high but the carb intake isn’t bad. Overall, you could do worse.
Ease: 5 stars. The provided cooking instructions are simple to follow. It is hard to mess this one up.
Green rating: 5 stars. The packaging is biodegradable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The rub comes in a cellophane bag inside of a cardboard box of black and copper trim. The Char Crust logo is pictured on the front along with representations of the various meats the crust works best for. The packaging is distinct and should easy to located on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box is small and will fit into a drawer as easily as a pantry or cabinet.
Availability: 3 stars. The product could be difficult to locate at local supermarkets. However, it can also be ordered online.
Price: 4 stars. The cost may seem steep at $4.99. However, remember that this product will last for several meals. You don’t just use it once.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I love Char Crust Ginger Teriyaki Rub. It is always in my cabinet.
Final rating: 4.5 stars. This is good stuff for grilling.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor