I really need to thank Andy Krish from 8th Wonder Spice for sending me some of his amazing spice blend to sample.
Adding on to the story of the 7 Wonders of the World, the 8th Wonder website states “…8th Wonder Foods continues this tradition with a unique and delicious spice blend that is a monument to epicurean excellence.
Perfected over time, 8th Wonder Spice Blend combines 17 natural ingredients, including cocoa and coffee to create a unique, full-bodied seasoning that compliments all foods.
As a rub, 8th Wonder redefines the standard of taste for steak, ribs, chicken and seafood.
As a seasoning, 8th Wonder Spice Blend transforms tacos, chili, soups, sauces and stews into gourmet masterpieces.
No matter how you use it, the unique flavor of 8th Wonder Spice Blend will enhance the taste of all your favorite meals.”
This spice blend rub comes in a cool container. It smells fresh, and is ground to a fine texture for sure, but it does have some coarse bits in it too. It smells amazing. Now, I have never been to Morocco, but that is the first thing I thought of – exotic, far away north Africa. You can smell hints of the coffee and cocoa for sure, but there is a ton of other stuff in there too. Now to taste it!
The first thing I tried it on was wings in the smoker. Now to be fair, I had never done wings in my smoker before.
Fast forward to the final product… they tasted good, but my execution was poor. After I had smoked the wings, I didn’t (couldn’t) get the temp up high enough to crisp them. Next time I will finish in a hot oven.
Even though my wings failed on technique, I was hooked on the flavor. I have since tried 8th Wonder on steak, on fish, and I even cooked lentils with it the other day.This is a unique, flavorful product and everything I have used it on has tasted amazing. I really would recommend it whether you are smoking, grilling or ummm… cooking lentils lol
I circled back with Andy to chat about the product.
What are some of your favorite recipes? (I did tell him about my epic wing-fail)
I really love 8th Wonder Wings but I grill them and then slow roast them off to the side so they get crispy and well done. I can see how simply smoking them would not crisp them up. Don’t give up though. Try 8th Wonder on something else. I truly love a steak, seasoned with 8th Wonder and then grilled over a hot fire. There are so many ways to use it though, it’s hard to know which one is my favorite. 8th Wonder Sugar and Spice bacon is awesome. 8th Wonder Crab Pie is delicious. 8th Wonder Tacos, Fajitas and Quesadillas are great too. Look at the recipe section on my website and I’ll send you a few more.
How long have you been in business?
We have been selling 8th Wonder for about 6 years although we have been making it for about 20 years. Friends and family always loved it and some of them encouraged us to sell it. We kept our full time jobs and started marketing 8th Wonder in our spare time. It has been selling quite well recently so it is like having two full time jobs. (My regular job is as a prop master or set decorator on television and feature films. I used to be a kitchen manager and chef.)
How did you come up with the recipe?
The recipe started as a basic rub and seasoning that I used in a restaurant in Raleigh, NC in the 80′s. My daughter and I modified it and tested it until it was just as we wanted it. As a family secret, we included cocoa as the one secret ingredient known only by us. One day, when friends were enjoying some 8th Wonder Wings, my son excitedly told everyone at the table that it had a secret ingredient and that the secret ingredient was cocoa. He knew right away that he had spilled the beans and his sister was upset with him. He was mortified as we assured him it was okay and that we would come up with another secret ingredient. We did, but we didn’t tell him that it was coffee. It was years later when he was helping to package it that he realized the secret ingredient was coffee. We can’t keep ingredients secret any longer so now the world knows what makes 8th Wonder so unique and delicious.
Is this a rub? A spice? What are some of the best uses?
8th Wonder is a rub and a seasoning. It can be used on anything grilled and it can be used as a seasoning in dishes as diverse as meatloaf, seafood boils and seasoned nuts. I call it an all purpose spice blend because it has so many uses and tastes great on virtually anything.
Are there other products in your future or do you think you’ll stick with this one?
Right now 8th Wonder Spice Blend is our only product. If our plans work out we want to release a smoked 8th Wonder Spice Blend, an 8th Wonder French Fry Seasoning and maybe an 8th Wonder Steak Sauce or Spicy Ketchup.
Again – if you’re a foodie, or a pit master, or a backyard grilling enthusiast looking for something really different, I really encourage you to try 8th Wonder Spice. This spice is so versatile that I can’t wait to keep trying it in different things. The sky is the limit!