I found Sweetwater Spice searching through the internet for a product to enhance my competition brisket. All of the products looked intriguing so I ordered some up from Scott Sapire - the Chief Spice Officer of Sweetwater Spice.
Sweetwater Spice is located in Austin, TX and if there's one thing Texans know - Brisket! I started experimenting with their Brisket Brine and it was clear these guys know what they are doing. I was trying to think outside the box a little for some other uses of their products. My wife wanted me to cook up some sliders this past weekend and I thought this would be the perfect protein canvas to try out a few different Sweetwater Spice products at the same time!
- Brisket Bath (Ancho and Chipotle)
- Tres Chilis Fajita Bath
- Pineapple Habenero Jerk
To test their compatibility with other spices I used some Simply Marvelous Cherry Rub and Peppered Cow Rub.
The plan was to make 4 x 1/4 lb sliders - remember they're sliders - they're supposed to be small - and add one dry rub to 2 of the patties, the other dry rub to one more patty and leave one patty blank so I could taste just the meat with the brine.
You can see the color is looking really nice. This happened to be one with Brisket Brine but all the sliders had a very similar color.
At 140F internal temp I added a slice of Gouda to the sliders that received dry rub. No cheese for the non-dry rubbed patty.
I let them cook for another 3 - 4 minutes to let the cheese melt a bit and then let them rest on the counter for 5 minutes while I prepared the buns.
I baked these buns earlier in the day and they were the perfect size for these little sliders. Check out the recipe for these amazing buns on another post in my blog!
The results was amazing! Each slider's flavor came through and tasted individually wonderful. I tasted the intentionally unseasoned, no cheese patties first so I could get an idea of the true flavor coming through. Although each one was different, I think I liked the Pineapple Habanero Jerk the best. Honestly - all of them were great. The Peppered Cow dry rub was particularly good with the Brisket Brine and the Cherry Rub was awesome with the heat from the Tres Chilis and the Pineapple Habanero Jerk.
I've tried these versatile brines on other products - maybe more how they were designed but used in this recipe is something I'll do again and again.
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