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Review – Grill Charms – Steak Collection


After watching an episode of  The Shark Tank I was intrigued by a product called Grill Charms made by Charmed Life Products LLC, according to the show Leslie Haywood, it’s inventor had come up with a great way to know which steak, burger etc. was Rare, Medium Rare, Medium or Medium Well Done.  

She had invented these little charms that you stick into the meat before cooking and your then able to quickly see which piece of meat was to be done to which doneness.  

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Ontario Gas BBQ a Canadian Distributor of Grill Charms


I found a Canadian distributor, Ontario Gas BBQ just North of Toronto which by the way is a HUGE BBQ Supply store that I could spend hours in, but about them another day.  

The charms were right by the cash register on the main counter. The cost I paid was $19.95 Cdn.  

The first thing I noticedwas that the packaging is well made and re-usable in the sence that you can take off the lid from the package, take out the charms and use them for your cooking and after cleaning return them to the package for storage in your cupboard or drawer.  

3 Steaks with 3 different outcomes needed


To test out the effectiveness of these Grill Charms I pulled out three steaks to grill on my BBQ, I wanted to cook one Raer, another Medium Rare and the last was to be Medium.  

Grill Charms serrated post edges hold securely in the meat


The Grill Charms Steak Collection set comes with 2 each of R for Rare and MR for Medium Rare and then one each of  M for Medium and MW for Medium Well.  

They are made from well made Stainless Steel and are sturdy along with being very easy to read.  

Grill Charms inserted in the meat just before grilling


Now to be perfectly clear, these charms do not tell you when the food is cooked to perfection, they are only meant to distinguish one steak from another during cooking and plating.  

As the steaks are flipped the charms are now on the grill side of the steak, since there was 2 of each of the R & MR Charms I could of inserted on both sides of those ones, though this time I had not.  

Waiting a little longer before flipping the medium steak.


I was very Impressed how easy this was. Most of the time I may remember which steak was which but by the time I took them inside to plate I was mixed up, but not with Grill Charms!
The steaks are done…. Let’s eat!

After Dinner it took only a moment to wash the Grill Charms by hand and put them back into their original box. They made my job as the Griller a lot easier and less stressful.  

I will be using them any time I am cooking Steak or Lamb on the grill.
There are other Grill Charms sets available including a Spicy collection that has a set of 6 Mild, Medium and Spicy Charms or you can pick up a set of 6 from the  Charmed Life Collection and there is also a Pink Collection where 10% of proceeds are donated to finding a cure for Breast Cancer.
Single Grill Charms are also available from the website.
You can have a look at these sets by visiting the Grill Charms Website here..
I have also spoken via twitter with the inventor and company owner Leslie Haywood, and I founder her very friendly and helpful with any questions that I had, you can follow Leslie on twitter here .. 
The home page for the Grill Charms website is …. which you will find is well designed and full of great information.
I am not a big fan of jewelery but these Charms for the Grill are a hit in my view!


Review- Herman T’s BBQ Sauce Mix


A couple of days ago I received in the mail two packages of Herman T’s BBQ Sauce Mixes, one in the Original “Mild” Blend and one package of their Spicy “Hot” Blend. These were sent to me as a trial package. 

I could not wait to try this sauce, I was intrigued by the fact that is a sauce mix rather than out of a bottle. In my house I have four or five different bottles of BBQ sauce open in the fridge at any one time and space becomes a premium. having a sauce that I can keep in the spice cupboard and use only what I need for the meal I am preparing made perfect sense. 

I originally found Herman T’s on twitter   and from there I visited their well designed website  that has a warm and friendly feel to it complete with history and video. 

My first choice was to try the Original “Mild” blend 

Impressive Packaging


I was impressed on the quality of the packaging which is a thick foil based packaging that you cut the top off with scissors but you are left with a ziplock style closure so that it can be resealed to keep the product fresh. 

The company claims that the mix has a shelf life of 1 year, I am not sure if that is one year after opening or from manufacture. If it is from manufacture it would be nice to have a manufacture date on the package. 

The size of the package is 4″x7″ x 1 3/4″ thick at the base. 

The ingredients are listed on the label the “Mild” has… 

vinegar, honey, sugars, pepper, garlic, chili powder, chipotle powder & citrus powder. 

Very easy directions are also on the label, which read… 

In sauce pan combine: 

1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of Ketchup along with 1 tbs of the sauce mix, whisk to a boil reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes, best served warm. 

There is 10 Tablespoons of sauce mix in the package enough for 10 cups of sauce


I cooked up some Chicken strips on the BBQ that all I did was add a little bit of oil and salt & pepper to the chicken . 

I made up the sauce as directed while grilling the chicken. 

I found that the sauce mix was well mixed within the package. 

Some chicken I left plain and brushed some of the chicken a few minutes before removing from the grill. 

Fresh tasty BBQ sauce in less than 10 minutes


I thought that it had a sweet taste, and very pleasant that did not leave any after taste. 

served on BBQ Chicken Strips.... Yum!


Since the sauce was served warm it was a very satisfying taste that would go well with just about any dish. 

Next up was the Spicy “Hot” BBQ Sauce Mix 

Oddly enough the Ingredient list for the Spicy “Hot” mix is the same as the Original “Mild” now maybe the proportions of the spices are different which accounts for the different taste. 


Time to try some Spicy "Hot" Herman T's BBQ Sauce


I really like to put BBQ sauce on a pepperoni Pizza, I find that BBQ sauce will bring out more flavour from the Pepperoni. So I wanted to try this sauce on some take out pizza. 

Easy to mix, 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup Ketchup + 1 tbs sauce mix


The directions are exactly same as the “Mild” from above. 

Regular take out pepperoni Pizza


Ready in about 6 minutes!


Sauced up Pepperoni Pizza that has kick!


I have in the past stuck mostly with mild sauces , I do like some kick but not that my mouth is on fire, I lathered the sauce on top of the pizza slices and I found that it definitely could taste the heat, by the time I was finished the 3 slices of pizza I found that I was sweating and I was inside my air-conditioned house! 

In conclusion I would have to say that I really like the fact that it is easy and quick to prepare. These sauces would be great as a dip for chicken wings on football night. 

Cost for the sauce online is $7.95 for each 6oz package or you can buy a 2 pack for $15.00 considering that each package can produce 10 cups of sauce I would say the price is a bargain. 

Shipping in the US for a two pack is only $4.00 and to ship to me in Canada is $6.00 

I will be using more of this sauce mix for future meals, There are many many different BBQ sauces on the market and everyone has their own tastes but I am confident that this will appeal to the majority of BBQ cooks and their family’s.