Costco is selling the Kirkland Signature Sweet Mesquite Seasoning blend and I have to say that I am not a fan of the product. This is one of the few Kirkland brand products that I have ever disliked.
If I ever create a Kirkland Hall of Shame then this seasoning blend would go on the list.
I bought this at Costco after a fellow shopper told me how great it was and was his “go-to” seasoning for ribs so obviously some folks love the product.
Stick with me and I will cover the two main things I do not like about this blend so you can decide if it is right for you.
I Believe the Label is Extremely Misleading
I do not understand why companies give their products names that are inaccurate.
The very FIRST word in the product name is “Sweet”. Call me crazy but when I bought this jar of seasoning I expected it to kind of, you know, taste sweet.
When I got this stuff home I poured some of the blend into my hand, tasted it by itself and thought, “What the [email protected]#$”
Then I read the ingredient list:
- Salt (not sweet)
- Black pepper (not sweet)
- Chili pepper (not sweet)
- Oregano (not sweet)
- Red pepper (not sweet)
- Dehydrated garlic (not sweet)
- Dehydrated onion (not sweet)
- Dehydrated red bell pepper (not sweet)
- Demerara sugar (sweet)
- Mesquite smoke flavor (not sweet)
- Citric acid (not sweet)
Seriously, three of the top five ingredients are Black Pepper, Chili Pepper and Red Pepper.
Who is the marketing idiot who decided to make a product that is Salty, Spicy and Savory and then sell it with the name “Sweet”??
I Do Not Like the Texture of the Seasoning
The second thing that I do not like about the seasoning blend is the texture. The mix has many small chunks of garlic and onion along with flakes of red bell pepper.
The texture is displeasing to me because it is hard to get an even coat of seasoning and I don’t like the sharp bursts of garlic flavor I get when I bite into a chuck of dehydrated garlic.
If you do end up buying this seasoning then I suggest running it through a coffee grinder to get a smaller average particle size and smooth the texture out.
How Does it Do on the Grill
The label say that this blend is great with everything from steaks to ribs to turkey which, in my opinion, is just stupid. But yeah, sure, let’s go ahead and pretend that Steak Seasoning and Turkey Seasoning are pretty much the same thing.
I have tried using the blend a couple of different ways like these grilled chicken legs served with some Spanish Style Grain Free Rice. I think the blend is okay but a little overpowering for poultry.
If you want to use this seasoning to make some smoked baby back ribs then I suggest mixing it half and half with brown sugar then pulsing in a coffee grinder before use.