Saltgrass Steak House – Seven -7- Steak Spice Review
From the first taste of Saltgrass Steak House's Seven Steak Spice, you can tell that it's a little different, but not in a bad way. I'm generally not a fan of big commercial restaurants seasonings and sauces, not because they're not good, rather I find that they are geared more toward broad public appeal and I like things that are a little different. In this case, the Saltgrass's steak spice was a pleasant surprise.
The Saltgrass Steak House Seven Steak Spice is a steal at just $4.75 for a 12oz bottle, and don't let the name fool you it's pretty good on just about everything I tried. The spice is manufactured by TexJoy Seasonings and Spices out of Beaumont, TX as a true Texas seasoning. It's blended with the intention of adding a smokey, rich, full-bodied southern flavor to anything you put it on. But enough about what it says, how does it taste.
Heat: In terms of heat, I can only give this spice two peppers. It's not really spicy, but it wasn't supposed to be either, so in terms of heat it didn't blow me away, but it didn't disappoint either. I think it had just the right balance for a seasoning like this making it good on most anything.
Appearance: The spice comes in a nicely designed 12oz shaker bottle with a opening for a spoon as well. The packaging is well done, and has a little section describing the spice, as well as several true Texas slogans. Given that the packaging is so well done and representative of Texas, I give it four stars.
Taste: Remember when I said this spice was a little different? We'll unfortunately for me this is where it threw me a little bit. The ingredients are straight forward; kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, and ground thyme. For me though the mustard is a little heavy, while this makes the flavor unique, it can get overpowering pretty quick. I tried this seasoning on grilled chicken, steak, and garlic stuffed mushrooms and gave it the taste test. I thought it was best on the chicken, my wife thought the steak, but my favorite use overall was on the mushrooms. Overall the spice comes through with a nice unique flavor on pretty much everything I tried it on, I have a tendency to be a little heavy handed with the seasoning, and with this blend it can get a little overwhelming pretty quick. Overall though it's a good flavor and a nice change from the standard blends out there.
Value: At less than $5 for a big 12oz shaker of a good grill seasoning, I think the value for SaltGrass Steak House Seven Steak Spice is very good. As I said before, I've paid a lot more for seasonings that aren't nearly as good as this one. It's definitely one to keep on the shelf.
Overall Overall I think this is a unique spice at a great price worthy of four stars. If you keep in mind that a little goes a long way, it makes a great addition to any grilling spice collection and is sure not to disappoint.
About the Author: Rob Sterba (@rsterba) is a Texas transplant, originally from New Mexico living in the Fort Worth area. An IT architect by trade, in his free time he's an avid tea drinker and enjoys writing and learning about tea, food, and technology.