With temperatures plummeting over the last few days, and the newspapers warning of an extended cold snap, today’s vendor spotlight might seem a tad out of place. But bear with me, and you might just find the extra twist you’re looking for, to make your festive season go with a much bigger bang than usual.
Today’s vendor spotlight is on Smoky Brae, a company based in the heart of Lanarkshire in Scotland.
Brae translates to ‘hill’ so ‘Smoky Brae’ translates to ‘Smoky Hill.’ This really is an artisan company – it’s just Graham and Jennifer, plus their two kids, Arlo & Cody and they make small batches of products in their hilltop family smokehouse.
Smoky Brae produces a range of smoked cures, rubs, sugars, flakes and salts. And typically you’d expect to be using these on fish and meats for the BBQ. Told you it might initially seem out of place at this time of year. And don’t be fooled, they are great in the summer months too for that exact reason.
But this is Christmas, and you and I both know that all our friends consider us the food experts in the group, so we need to take things up a level to maintain our glorified foodie status. Well, consider Smoky Brae is your new secret weapon.
Although you’ll find individual Smoky Brae products for sale (along with the BBQ selection box), you want to opt for The Ultimate Smoked Food Hamper Gift Set. Inside, you get all the smoky goodness you need for an extra special Christmas.
Let me explain why…
Christmas morning will never be the same again. Use the Smoked Gravlax cure to make your own smoked salmon, and wash it down with a Mimosa or two of course. If you’re a bacon fan, use the smoked sugar for an experience that rivals the finest of maple syrups.
All good so far.
No doubt you bought your Christmas cheese and dips and now is the time to sprinkle some love over the top of those delicious crackers, in the form of smoked Sesame seeds. Yes, I know this sounds weird, you have to try it to become a believer.
No matter what meat you’re eating this year, Christmas just wouldn’t be right without roasted potatoes cooked in duck or goose fat, right? Wanna know what will make your roast potatoes stand out from the crowd? Smoky Brae’s smoked sea salt, that’s what.
And for your vegetables, you have two choices – either the smoked fennel pepper or smoked pepper.
So much smoky flavour and we’re not done yet.
You and I both know we’ll have a heap of leftovers for Boxing Day, and probably for a few more days after that. And that’s where the rest of the set will see you continue to soar to the highest of culinary heights. The BBQ and Chilli rubs are great on leftover turkey, and the smoked garlic rub and chilli flakes can be used in dips to add a new snacking dimension to the most discerning taste buds.
It’s always the simple things which make the biggest of differences and Smoky Brae’s packets are bursting with flavour that you just can’t mimic, without spending hours in the kitchen.
So, go grab your set right here – you can thank me in the New Year.