If you’ve never heard of Kramer’s Gourmet Foods, then you’re not alone. According to their website, “In 2011, Kramer’s Gourmet Foods was born! On November 15th, 2011, Kramer’s hit the market with their specially blended Chicken Wing Rubs! These Texas inspired spice blends are designed specifically for GRILLED WINGS! But it’s pretty much good on everything!”
It’s commonplace for rubs and seasonings to be created for individual meats, such as chicken, pork or beef, but outside of ribs it can be rare for them to be specialized for specific body parts such as chicken wings. Very interesting. Kramer’s sent bottles of their Easy Pickin’, Finger Lickin’ and What Was I Thinkin’ for me to test out and give you my humble opinions.
Easy Pickin’ Ingredients:
Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Paprika, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Oregano, other Spices, Silicone Dioxide (less than 2% to prevent caking)
Finger Lickin’ Ingredients:
Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Paprika, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper), other Spices, Silicone Dioxide (less than 2% to prevent caking)
What Was I Thinkin’ Ingredients:
Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Granulated Garlic, Onion Powder, Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper), other Spices, Silicone Dioxide (less than 2% to prevent caking)
Easy Pickin’ – Sweet, salty, savory…this has it all. Couldn’t wait to crack into this.
Finger Lickin’ – A little less sweet, a touch more smokey
What Was I Thinkin’ – No sweetness, and the smell of smokey bhut jolokias was clearly evident
Appearance and Texture:
All three share the same burnet orange color. But the mildest of the trio, Easy Pickin’, has a coarser texture containing larger flakes and more dark specks. Finger Lickin’ and What Was I Thinkin’ are more dominated by a finer powder and comes out of the shaker bottle a little looser.
Taste Straight Up:
Easy Pickin’ – This hits the tongue just like the aroma: savory, sweet, salty and wonderfully balanced. Oddly enough, there’s a surprising amount of heat on the back-end, even for an old chilehead vet like me. If you think this is perfectly safe for any audience to which you would serve this, you might want to try it for yourself first to gauge it more accurately.
Finger Lickin’ – Expectedly less of a sugary presence, but it more than makes up for it with a delicious, well-bodied singe. Plenty of a bright, salty, garlicky and peppery kick with subtle hints of smokiness. Great heat!
What Was I Thinkin’ – Very similar to the medium-level Finger Lickin’ in terms of taste but with smokey bhut jolokias was clearly evident. This contains a slighter higher fiery burn than Finger Lickin’.
Taste on Food:
For Christmas my girlfriend and I fried (sorry, we didn’t take the grilling route as Kramer’s suggested, but that’s okay) a batch of chicken wings and decided to sprinkle varying amounts of all three of Kramer’s Wing Rubs on about half of the wonderous, crispy little fowl pieces. Since she’s totally not into spicy grub (she opted for some BBQ sauced wings), it was up to me and my son Kevin to taste these seasoned critters out. He gulped down wings with light amounts of rub, while I opted for those that were nice and covered.
Terrific taste on all three! While the power of the rubs’ flavors expectedly diminished a tad on food, they still stood out strongly and provided some interesting tones on the fried chicken skin.
The Easy Pickin’ was dead on the money as a nice blend of taste and medium heat. Kramer’s has a winner here.
Finger Lickin’ and What Was I Thinkin’ were also noteworthy. The smoked jolokia sensation in the later was on verge of being too much for my palete- not in terms of heat, but a strong, smokey ghost pepper flavor, as I have never been a huge fan of that. I prefer the smooth, straight, fruity taste of non-smoked bhuts.
Read the “Taste Straight Up” section above for a better explanation.
Easy Pickin’ – 2/2.5 out of 5
Finger Lickin’ – 3.5 out of 5
What Was I Thinkin’ – 4 out of 5
4.5 out of 5. Great artwork and fun splashes of colors. Although these Kramer’s Wing Rubs are clearly color-coded to reflect which heat level is contained within the shaker bottles, it did require several seconds of careful stufy to see which was mild, medium and hot. Perhaps the tiny tags on the labels can be enlarged?
Easy Pickin’ –
Finger Lickin’ –
What Was I Thinkin’ –
In summary, a solid effort by this brand-new company.
To order these for yourself, zip on over to the official Kramer’s Wing Rub website athttp://kramersgourmet.com. You can buy one 7.5 bottle for $8.96 or a three-pack containing one of each kind for $26.96.
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