Southern Flavors to Spice Up Your Summer Barbeque

Preparing a grilled feast is the ultimate way to embrace the heat and humidity of summer in the South. There are so many ways to get creative when cooking al fresco – from creative twists on cookout classics like hot dogs and hamburgers to gourmet fare such as filet mignon and grilled veggies. Check out the seasonings and sauces below to spice up your summer barbeque with unique flavors created right here in the South. Lantana of Texas All Purpose SeasoningMost everyone in my family has a stash of Lantana all purpose seasoning in their spice cabinet, a savory blend of salt, chili pepper, garlic powder and spices. The seasoning has been a staple at our family dinner parties and BBQ’s since my uncle Steve discovered the Texas spice blend in the 1980’s. After stealing from my mother’s supply for years, I finally called for my own 6 bottle order (which will probably last several years) for less than $30 including shipping. We use Lantana for just about everything – especially for seasoning fish and steaks and spicing up Mexican food.

Order Lantana by Phone:  1-888-839-3010


Samson’s Sauce

Samson’s Sauce – photo courtesy

We were recently introduced to “Samson’s Sauce” through friends from Greensboro, where the sauce was first concocted in the 1940’s. This tangy and addictive sauce complements just about any food such as steak, seafood, pork, Bloody Marys and eggs. The sauce’s comic label was penned in the 1940’s and promises “20 drops will either cure insanity or drive you crazy” and the sauce “Makes Everything Taste Better”. I am currently out of Sampson’s Sauce and have been in serious withdrawal – so it has apparently reached “staple” status in our house.

To order Sampson’s Sauce online via



Texas Pete

Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce – photo from

This famous hot sauce actually hails from North Carolina despite the product’s homage to the Lone Star State. Texas Pete products are made by the still family owned TW Garner Food Company in Winston-Salem – the company started their line of condiments and sauces in the 1920’s. Texas Pete’s selection includes their Original Hot Sauce (a blend of 3 different peppers) “Hotter” Hot Sauce and Buffalo Wing Sauce. As aficionados will attest,  the hot sauce can be enjoyed on just about any food – steaks, veggies, popcorn (seriously it’s good) and pasta.

Find Texas Pete products in grocery stores and online at:


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