American BBQ-ing With McCormick

How do you American BBQ?...

My usual Sundays consist of gathering around the backyard smashing out an incredible Lebanese BBQ with garlic lathered chicken wings, kafta skewers, beef skewers, pomegranate topped tabouli, hummus, baba ghanoush and Lebanese flat bread and half way through a bottle of backyard made Arak.

But deep down inside, I yearn for that taste of smoked ribs & tender pork just falling apart.

Luckily enough, I was invited to an American BBQ Pit Master Class with McCormick Grill Mates at The Willoughby Hotel to get down and dirty with their new American BBQ rubs & seasonings.

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Teaching us this much required art was the inked up and energetic Eric Luhning from The BBQ School. An educator and an expert in the technique and cooking style of American, Eric could not stress out enough the importance of fresh, not frozen meat, a well lit barbecue using proper charcoal and a flavoursome rub such as the McCormick Grill Mates American BBQ range.

Delivering big, bold, smoky flavours for mouthwatering pulled pork, sizzling steaks, juicy burgers and even delicious chicken and spinach quesadillas, the new Grill Mates range definitely gives the meats a whole new dimension. We rubbed and lathered ribs, chicken thighs and beef brisket with the:

McCormick Grill Mates American BBQ Slow & Low Tennessee Smokehouse and Smokin’ Texas BBQ Rubs



McCormick Grill Mates American BBQ Classic All Star and Jalapeno & Cheddar Burger Seasonings



McCormick Grill Mates American BBQ Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Dry Marinade



FAT EQUALS FLAVOUR – Eric repeats, over and over again, requesting that lean ‘fat-less’ meat does not belong anywhere near an American BBQ. Composed of two parts, the beef brisket requires about 1/4 of an inch of fat on it and must have a deep red colour representing its freshness.

Make sure the brisket hasn’t been frozen – if you can’t determine if it has been, simply lift the brisket in the middle and watch the ends bend. If it’s still a little stiff, means its been frozen.


Mini Beef Patties for the Sliders and Chicken Thighs for the Chicken & Spinach Quesadilla


Check out those Ribs!


Gorgeous Beef Brisket


Pulling apart the Pork

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Every pack of McCormick Grill Mates American BBQ Rubs & Seasonings has a recipe on the back of them so take advantage of that to help make your next home BBQ taste like a fourth of July cookout.


Check out the McCormick Grill Mates Australia Facebook page for more information, recipes and cooking ideas.


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Founder of Food Porn From the rocky beaches of Batroun, Lebanon, to the streets of Sydney, Australia: Khalil has seen it all. His travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge, an eclectic taste and passion for food unlike any other.
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