It’s National Burger Day!

National Burger Day May 28

Happy Burger Day!!

It’s May 28th, National Burger Day. Celebrate the day with some of our suggestions for a great burger.

Looking for an easy way to add great taste to your burger? Let us introduce you to our tasty cheese powders. Made from real cheeses, our cheese powders will enhance any burger recipe. Try adding one of our Cheddar Cheese powders for an honest American Cheeseburger.  Looking for something to wake up the taste buds? Our Gorgonzola Cheese powder will add a distinctive blue-cheesy flavor. How about a tasty Nacho Cheese Burger? Nacho spices and Cheddar Cheese? How can you go wrong?

Try one of our real cheese powders and make your own burger masterpiece!

Featured Spices:
Orange Cheddar Cheese powder
White Cheddar Cheese powder
Gorgonzola Cheese powder
Nacho Cheese powder



Featured Spice: Za’tar (Za’atar, Zathar)

featured spice za'atar

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“Spice” things up with a little Mid Eastern flavor by adding Za’tar to your dishes. A very common spice blend used in Middle Eastern and North African dishes, Za’tar is a perfect complement to chicken and vegetable dishes. Grilling? Za’tar is a perfect addition to a chicken rub. Fried Chicken? Add this “secret ingredient” to your batter for a tasty mid eastern flavor. Vegetables? A perfect  addition to your veggie and  vegan dishes. Our Za’tar contains white sesame seeds, dried sumac berries, and thyme. It is hand blended and contains no additives or fillers. Just as you would expect from us. Nothing but pure spices!  

Featured Spices: Za’tar

Memorial Day BBQ : Steak Rubs & Spice Blends

steak rubs and spice blendsMemorial Day Weekend is fast approaching and so is the start of the grilling and BBQ season. Start the season off with a bang with these steak rubs and spice blend suggestions from Spice Specialist! Save time and money with our custom blended rubs and blends.

Steak Rubs and Spice Blends

steak dry rubSteak Dry Rub – featuring cayenne, ancho, chipotle, coriander, cumin, salt, mustard, oregano, paprika and pepper.

tomato steak dry rubTomato Steak Rub – garlic, rosemary, pepper, sage, hickory smoke powder, mesquite smoked sea salt and tomato powder.

southwestern steak rubSouthwestern Steak Rub – allspice, basil, cayenne, chili powder dark, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, garlic, basil, salt, lemon peel, onion, oregano, black pepper, thyme, marjoram, mustard seed, onion, oregano and paprika.

steak&chops-ssSteak & Chop Grill Blend – allspice, cayenne, coriander, lemon peel, marjoram, mustard seed, oregano, paprika, black pepper and garlic.

steak blackening rubSteak Blackening Spice Rub – pepper, gumbo file, salt, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, red pepper and star anise.

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Spice Blends & Rubs for Grilling, BBQ and Smoking!

spice specialist carry over 150 spice blends and rubs for BBQ and grilling

OuiOui Chef Chef! Did you know Spice Specialist carries over 150 custom blended spices and rubs especially for grilling, BBQ and smoking?

In need of a little grilling inspiration? From our Cowboy Hot & Smokey Rub  to a spicy Cajun Dry Spice to our popular Sweet & Smokey Rotisserie blend, Spice Specialist is your headquarters for grilling magic

Do you smoke your meats? We offer a wide selection of naturally flavored wood chips, from fruit wood chips such as Nectarine, Cherry and Pear, to chips made from aged Jack Daniels oak barrels. 

Time for Grilling! BBQ-ing! Smoking! New Grilling Website!

Spice Specialist is proud to introduce our sister website – the new Dedicated to bringing you all the spices, rubs and spice blends necessary for your grilling, BBQ and smoking needs. Choose from custom blended rubs and spice blends or browse the large selection of spices to create your own blends, marinades and rubs. We invite you to start exploring you way to grilling, BBQ, and smoking magic at!

Inspiration: Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Rosemary Gin Cocktail

This Rosemary Gin Cocktail smells as wonderful as it tastes and is a sophisticated beverage…this is definitely a drink everyone will enjoy!

 Here is a smart drink and an easy way to introduce spices to your cocktails.

Rosemary Gin Cocktail *

Rosemary Syrup


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce rosemary syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Spring of rosemary for garnish

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“Vectors of Hotness”

Vectors of Hotness

Burning your mouth with chiles is entirely different than burning it with hot coffee *

Oui Chef its true! Spice Specialists carries a wide range of the “vectors of hotness” to inspire and complement your dishes! Inspired by an article at and the “vectors of hotness,” we’re featuring our guide to edible heat, from chilies, chili powders, peppers, peppercorns, wasabi, sriracha and other sizzling “vectors.” 

In fact, there’s not one but several types of gastro-heat. These vectors of hotness achieve their physiological effects in different ways, and the impact of, say, African grains of paradise has little in common with the burn of raw garlic or sweet heat of pink peppercorns. *

Here’s our look at the “vectors of hotness” – including Chilies, Black Peppercorns, Pink Peppercorns, Grains of Paradise, Schezuan Peppercorns Wasabi, Mustard and some Obscure Peppers. 



Types of chile include Anaheim, bell pepper, Cascabel, cayenne, cherry pepper, ghost chile, hot banana pepper, hot paprika, jalapeno, malagueta, marisol, New Mexico, paprika, pasilla, pimento, poblano, rocotillo, Scotch bonnet pepper, serrano, shishito, Thai bird chile. *

Spice Specilaist carries a wide range of different types of chilies including, but not limited to, –  cayenne, hot paprika, jalapeno, New Mexico, smoked paprika, pasilla, habanero, chipotle, amarillo, panca, ancho  and more. In fact we carry over 2 dozen types of chilies. Both ground and pods. We offer 3 different cayennes, 6 Paprikas, and dozens of peppers and peppercorns

Black Peppercorns

 The flavor of peppercorns may be described as both hot and sweet, with some tasters detecting hints of camphor and mustard. It is said that the darker the peppercorn, the more pungent the flavor. *

And Speaking of Peppercorns…

Spice Specialist carries over 1 dozen different type of Peppercorns. From Black, Pink (see below), White, Green, Schezuan, Tellicherry, to Smoked Peppercorns and numerous peppercorn mixes.

pink peppercorns

 Though not really a peppercorn, Pink Peppercorns resemble a peppercorn and have a delicate, sweet, spicy flavor. Plus they are perfect with brownies!

grains of paradise

Also known as the alligator pepper, Guinea pepper, or melegueta, Grains of Paradise are in the ginger family and have a pungent, peppery flavor They are commonly used in African cuisine.

schezuan peppercorn

Schezuan peppercorns have a lemony flavor and create a slight numbness in the mouth when ingested. They are typically ground and used in many spicy Asian dishes.

Additional spellings: Sichuan peppercorn, Szechwan peppercorn or Szechuan peppercorn


Not just for sushi anymore, our Wasabi Powder is made from dried, ground Japanese horseradish and has a spicy flavor. It can be used in noodle dishes and soups or mixed with hot water to make wasabi paste for your sushi.


Dark mustard seeds have more of a spice to them than yellow seeds. They are typically used in Indian and Asian cuisines.

obscure chilies

We also carry a selection of more obscure chilies and spices that will add a hotness to your dishes, including Thai Short and Thai Long chilies, Japanese Pepper, International Peppers, Smoked Peppers and even Sriracha!


* inspired source: quotes and chili image – – Everything You Need to Know About Chiles and Other Vectors of Hotness

We’ve Got Vinegars. Powders!

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Oui Chef! Its true. Apple Cider Vinegar Powder is back at Spice Specialist!

Our Apple Cider Vinegar Powder is 100% all natural, made from REAL apple cider vinegar and is gluten free! Use it to add a tangy kick to sauces, marinades, salads and more.  

Spice Specialist carries a great selection of Vinegar Powders – Red Wine Vinegar Powder, Rice Wine Vinegar Powder, Malt Vinegar PowderBalsamic Vinegar Powder, Apple Cider Vinegar Powder and Distilled White Vinegar Powder

Adding a vinegar powder to your recipes will give it a nice vinegary kick!


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