As BBQ season continues to heat up, give a thought to Cost Plus World Market. It offers a seasonal cornucopia of globally sourced goods aimed at the backyard pitmaster.
We went on a walkabout in the Citrus Heights store and found sauces, rubs, seasonings, frankfurters, sauerkrauts, mustards, relishes, spreads, and a rainbow of chips and beverages. Such as these:
Prep ribs, chicken and other meats with Cape Herb & Spice-brand spicy rubs from Cape Town, South Africa ($4 each). Its Portuguese Peri Peri combines the peri peri pepper (a.k.a. African bird’s eye chile) with sea salt, brown sugar, garlic, paprika, black pepper, mustard and lemon juice for salty, complex heat. For more depth of flavor, the Caribbean Jerk rub is a blend of sea salt, onion, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, thyme, cinnamon, allspice and black pepper.
Go beyond salt and pepper to season grilled corn on the cob with Urban Accents-brand Herby Chimichurri seasoning blend from Chicago ($4). Melt butter, add dashes of the seasoning, stir well and brush it on. Or use the seasoning on popcorn.
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As for sauces/marinades, these two do the job in different ways. The Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif. uses its smoked porter beer as a base for its Pasilla Pepper BBQ Sauce, mixing some alchemy with the add-ins – dried pasilla peppers, molasses, apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard and black pepper ($6). The result is a sauce with layers of flavors in the classic “sweet heat” style, with a pleasant aftertaste.
More upfront is the Figueroa Brothers-brand Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce from Irving, Texas, where they understand heat in more ways than one ($5). Flavor-forward sweet mango-honey is the first taste, quickly followed by habanero fire that’s mellowed a bit with a background of ginger. It can double as salad dressing for the brave.
To quench the thirst from these rubs and sauces, pour ice-cold Bundaberg-brand ginger beer into a frozen mug full of ice ($6.50 for a four-pack). The Australian company sells seven other flavors of non-alcoholic brews; we’re still looking for the lemon-lime-bitters version.
In Citrus Heights, the Cost Plus World Market is at 6191 Sunrise Blvd. (916-725-6757), one of seven stores in the greater Sacramento area and part of a national chain that started in 1958 on Fisherman’s Wharf.