Pros: Great on chicken and fish
Cons: Too salty
I have messed up more meat with Dales Steak Seasoning than I care to admit. In fact, I had another incident this afternoon that prompted me to write this review. Ive finally reached the point where I just dont like this seasoning anymore on steaks, but it still works great for chicken and fish. Ive found that red meat soaks this stuff up too much.
Dales Steak Seasoning is basically just liquid salt. Its very highly concentrated, so much that the bottom of your marinade bowl or dish will have salt granules visible when you take out the meat. It has other flavors in it to help give it a sort of grilled taste, but it doesnt taste anything like Liquid Smoke. Despite the other flavors, this product mostly just makes your meats very salty.
The first time I used Dales was on some venison, and I completely ruined it. You see, this stuff is steak seasoning, and should not be confused with marinade. I tried to use it like a marinade and let some venison soak in the stuff overnight. The meat was black by the time I threw it on the grill, and it came out so dang salty that it made me throw up like when you accidentally swallow some water while swimming in the ocean. Man, that sucked!
Dales seasoning is made to be put on meat no more than 30 minutes before you cook it. If you are grilling chicken breasts or salmon filets, you only need to splash this stuff on for a little while before you put it on the grill. With steaks, a quick dribble before putting it on is all you need. If you let your steak soak in this stuff, itll taste like youre eating a salt lick. Chicken and fish dont seem to soak up Dales like red meat does, so it still works great for them. With hamburgers, a little spoonful mixed into the meat is all you need.
I know Im probably not doing things right when I put Dales on my steaks, and I admit that. I just dont like overly salty foods because too much salt tends to drown out other flavors. Im more interested in herbs and spices that give meats a unique flavor, rather than just making everything taste like Dales. You also have to be careful when using Dales in conjunction with other spices, because you might be doubling up on salt or salty flavor.
Dales Steak Seasoning is a decent product that has been around for over 50 years, but you better be very careful when using it, otherwise you could ruin your food. It is also now available in a reduced sodium blend.
One tbsp of this stuff contains 1220 mg of sodium! (Amazon.com incorrectly lists it as 122.)