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Trader Joe's South African Smoke Seasoning Blend


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Paprika Sea Salt Basil

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South African Smoke begins with African-grown paprika that is slow-smoked for 48 hours over a sustainable African hardwood called Acacia Saligno, commonly used as bbq coals. This process enriches the paprika with a smoky, roasted flavor that evokes the South African braai, or bbq. The smoked paprika (46.5%) is blended with sea salt (30%) garlic (17%) and basil (6.5%) and packaged in a grinder, so you get fresh ground flavor with every twist. Use it as a rub for meats or veggies prior to cooking, grind it into pasta dishes, or keep it on the table as an alternative to everyday salt & pepper. We've even added it to recipes in place of bacon, with very rewarding results

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B0060O3UD4
  • UPC: 699037898225 609408117671
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,492 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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It is sooo good.
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Very unusual but wonderful flavor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ric Steiner on March 4, 2012
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Finished my first jar of Trader Joe's South African Smoke and yesterday ordered three more. The label indicates the contents to be paprica, sea salt, garlic and basil. But there is no way to describe the flavor, my best guess would be UMAMI. I am hooked on it for sure, and you will be also, as soom as you order up on your first jar. I use it on everything, and if it is on the counter top, a little is ground into my palm. Hats off to Trader JOe for this fantastic blend of seasoning spices.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By heather trumbull on July 3, 2012
My aunt gave me a jar of this the other day and told me to try it, it is the best spice ever. So I did. And all I can say is....yum!! It IS the best spice ever. I have used it on everything since getting it. I had to look online to see where I could get it when I ran out. It is sooo good. You will not regret this purchase!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AC on January 3, 2014
I concur with another reviewer, who stated, "there is no way to describe the flavor" -- but, and as others have conveyed (or, at least, have tried :) ), the taste is novel and oh, so fantastic (just the scent alone leaves one knowing that the taste of it is wondrous).

So many things I make end up being a candidate for adding this, and I simply adore the magical taste that it imparts.

Most recently, I've added this to eggs (fried, poached, scrambled, and deviled), potatoes (and whether fried, baked, or mashed), brussels sprouts, and egg noodles with butter (love, love, loved it with that!). Heck, I've even sprinkled it on some salads -- the dance that it does with dark leafy greens and Wishbone Robusto Italian, along with some grated parmesan, is fantastic (in a way, it has served as a kind of 'stand-in' for bacon, when I haven't had bits of such to sprinkle in with such salads).

I ended up buying bottles of this for relatives, and it's been a hit.

This Trader Joe's South African Smoke Seasoning Blend has essentially become a new 'staple' for me, when it comes to condiments or spices that I use.

As melodramatic as this might sound, I can't imagine going back to life without it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DavidDINO on June 26, 2013
I have to travel great distances to get to a Trader Joe's, so I am thankful some of their finer products are now available on Amazon.com. However, my first grinder of South African Smoke Seasoning Blend was found on the shelves of a local discount grocery store (B&B Quick Service LLC) for a fraction of the cost. Boy!! What a bargain!! Too bad some other grocer didn't value what a potential goldmine they had, but I am grateful for marketing mistakes.

About the Umami paprika- it does light up most grilled items. Last night I used some on a pretty tough steak to great success; the flavor was so wonderful you'd want it tough enough to chew extra long. Just takes the beef to another dimension altogether. And this is coming from a bloke that is stubborn enough to smoke my own chipotle peppers (I like alder and pecan wood for that; the canned chipotles are just vine smoked so you can imagine how much better it is to punch it up a few notches).

The Amazon price is astronomical, but at the current price of gasoline I consider this a bargain cause otherwise I'm driving 250 miles to the nearest Trader Joe's. Thanks to Amazon for being the awesome retailer they've become (except for the poor options in the Prime video streaming world)!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on March 15, 2013
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It makes everything taste better. The smokey flavor is good on my sunny side up eggs or my slow-cooked chicken and all the time in my salmon patties. Great Seasoning. Complaint-it doesn't last long enough for the price I've been paying. We should be able to get 2 bottles of it for $8.99-not just 1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Cresse on July 17, 2014
I just purchased this on a whim at the local Trader Joe's in my hometown. OMGGGG! I put in on their little frozen pizzas! IT WAS AMAZING! Smoky, a little spicy, but not too overwhelming. I would totally it buy it again. Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivia HOLLOWAY on August 26, 2013
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Love using this seasoning blend gave great flavor to many different recipes will continue to be using in the future great taste
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie on April 30, 2014
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The very best seasoning I have ever used. Love it. Use it for meats, some vegetables. Love the grinder in the top.
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