Labor Day is fast approaching, marking the last big hurrah of summer, and more importantly, the last big grilling holiday of 2016. We don’t mean to alarm you—there will be plenty more opportunities for you to use your grill this fall. After all, you have football tailgates to look forward to. But no matter what the occasion, we have the perfect item to throw onto your grill: the Alaskan Jack’s Sweet Mesquite-rubbed Wild-Caught Pink Salmon Burger.
Nothing quite captures the essence of the outdoor barbecue flavor like a sweet mesquite rub. In fact, to many people, the word “mesquite” is almost synonymous with barbecuing. Barbecuing in the United States traces its roots to the American southwest, and the Spanish explorers who came over in the 1500s. Cooking meat slowly over a wood fire made the meat tender, sometimes taking as long as 18 hours. This process infused the meat with a unique set of flavors, depending on which type of wood was used. One of the most popular types of wood for barbecue became the mesquite tree.
The story of how mesquite became widely used for barbecuing is a logical one. The mesquite tree is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. The mesquite tree is very resourceful—it can grow as a small shrub in shallow soil, or as a large tree up to a few stories high, if it has enough water. All of these factors make it abundant in its native region. The trees themselves are very popular for building, because the wood is very hard and strong. As far back as when the Spanish were exploring the southwest, they used the mesquite wood to build ships. The process left many wood scraps, which began to be used for cooking with smoke. So it’s no wonder the flavor is so ingrained in our minds—it’s been used in this country for 500 years!
At Alaskan Jack’s, we know that while you may crave that sweet mesquite barbecue flavor, you may not have the 18 hours it takes to infuse the delicious mesquite flavor into your foods, so we’ve taken the liberty of doing it for you. Our Mesquite Wild-Caught Pink Salmon Burgers are rubbed with a mesquite flavoring that captures the smoky essence of a barbecue, but in a fraction of the time: it can be grilled or pan fried in as little as 10 minutes, or baked in as little as 20 minutes. Plus, when you make your family or your guests salmon burgers, you’re making a delicious, healthy alternative to ground beef. The salmon that makes up our burgers is 100% wild-caught in the northern Pacific Ocean, making it rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that are so important to a healthy diet.
Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day picnic, tailgating for your favorite football team, or just cooking dinner for your family, try Alaskan Jack’s Sweet Mesquite-Rubbed Wild-Caught Pink Salmon Burgers. Plus, don’t miss our other exciting grill, pan, and oven-friendly meals.