Best Cajun Spice Rubs
I'm working on an article about Cajun Spice Rubs and I'm curious if anyone out there has any favorite brands they would recommend? There are so many to choose from! While I applaude those of you who make your own, I'm really looking for the best pre-made ones that would make the meats or seafood dishes stand out and be really delicious!
WOW-You're on a difficult mission. Just for fun; go to any of these sites and start exploring
The Cajun Grocer
These folks say they're the first, true, secure e-commerce site featuring authentic Louisiana products: food, music, cookbooks, recipes from Marcelle Bienvenu (their executive food editor), plus fresh prepared foods, such as boudin, stuffed chickens, marinated pork chops, gumbo, etc.
Cajun Injector, Clinton, La. (225) 683-3759.
For everyone looking to stick a needle into your about-to-be-deep-fried turkey to inject it with something tasty. Also recipes, marinades and gifts to spice up your meals.
Tony Chachere's Creole Foods, (800) 551-9066.
Da man from Opelousas, on the Web with his famous seasonings, ready-made roux, cookbooks, recipes, tall tales and more. A Louisiana legend.
Central Grocery, French Quarter, New Orleans. (504) 523-1620.
The creators of the world-famous muffuletta. A full Italian grocery store, with large jars of olive salad packed to go, and more.
Community Coffee, (800) 525-5583
New Orleans-style dark roast coffee and chicory. The quintessential Louisiana coffee, now available by mail-order.
Cajun Coffee Company, P.O. Box 12657, Moss Bluff, LA 70612-2657, (318) 855-9105
A coffee roasting and grinding mail order business near Lake Charles, specializing in hearty robust Cajun and Creole coffee blends. Contact: Bill Davison
French Market Coffee
New Orleans' other quintessential blend, and the only one generally available outside Louisiana, in "select markets". Now anyone anywhere can order it anytime they want.
Gambino's Bakery, New Orleans. (800) 426-9854 or (800) GAMBINO.
Your King Cake headquarters. They offer king cakes in several sizes and flavors, and ship to most locations nationwide.
Haydel's Bakery, (800) 442-1342
King cakes for Carnival season.
Louisiana Fish Fry Products, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA. (504) 357-9669 local, (800)-356-2905 out of state.
Gumbo filé, cayenne pepper, fish fry coatings, jambalaya and gumbo mixes, hush puppy mix, gravy mix, crab/shrimp/crawfish boil seasoning, sauces.
The New Orleans School of Cooking and Louisiana General Store, in the Jax Brewery, French Quarter, (800) 237-4841
Their catalogue has about 30 pages of just about everything -- spices, seasonings, hot sauces, even kitchen equipment.
King cakes, Mardi Gras supplies,and more.
Stansel Rice Company, Gueydan, Louisiana
Home of Ellis Stansel's Popcorn Rice, grown in Louisiana and one of my favorite kinds of rice.
Steen's 100% Pure Cane Syrup, from Abbeville, Louisiana.
The products of C. S. Steen's Syrup Mill have since 1910 been a staple in many Louisiana recipes. On their site you'll find mail order info, history, and recipes.
Zapp's Potato Chips, Gramercy, LA 70052-1533. (800) HOT-CHIP.
Louisiana potato chips, and the best! "Cajun Craw-tators" (sort of a spicy seafood-boil flavor), jalapeno, mesquite BBQ, dill, sour cream and Creole onion, honey-mustard (yum!) regular and salt-free. Plus red bean dip, t-shirts, etc.
The premier manufacturer of New Orleans seasonings and spices, plus mixes for things like gumbo, jambalaya, etc.
Picking the best is really almost impossible.