Best pre-mixed marinade spices or rub mixes
I'm putting together a present for my brother, who works long and irregular hours and therefore doesn't have much time to cook or shop. I was going to get him a stovetop grill pan (was thinking about the Calaphon One, if anyone has an opinion -- nonstick to reduce cleaning time), and also wanted to include an assortment of rubs or marinade spices. I've recently become a huge fan of homemade marinades, but am wondering whether anyone sells good spice combos that you could then just combine with oil/soy or other liquid and be ready to go? I don't want to buy pre-made marinade in bottles, b/c I assume then he'll only use each one once before it goes bad. Alternatively, recs on not-too-spicy rubs would also be appreciated, since I know nothing about those.
i don't know if you have trader joe's nearby, but their simmer sauces(double as marinades if you want) are amazing; need NO doctoring. the thai coconut and cuban mojito simmer sauces are regulars for us.
If he loves Asian foods, you might consider a few spice paste packets from Asian Home Gourmet (I find them here at a local Asian food market for about $2.39/packet) and they are fabulous, no chemicals or msg of any kind, and the packets that I've tried have produced a quality meal on nights when I'm rushed but we want something spicy and yummy. Link below:
My favotire rubs come from a company called Natucket Off-Shore. Packaged in tin cans, with no salt. Hearty, bold and yummy. I guess they have maybe 12 rubs, and who know what else they produce...
My favorite is the Mt Olmpus rub- its a simple blend of chunky garlic bits, rosemary,"spices" and lavender. THE BEST on lamb chops. We also love Rasta Rub- garlic, sugar, allspice, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, onion, Sctoch Bonnet pepper. THE BEST on venisn!!
I am so lucky one local market discontinued these rubs, and instead of the normal $4.99 price, I paid $1.99.