As they usher out the summer barbecue season this Labor Day, our panelists wanted to see if any of the grilling spices on the market could match up to their own seasoning recipes. We coated chicken strips with eight brands of garlic-and-herb seasoning blends sold in the spice aisles of local grocery stores. We grilled the chicken for flavor and texture and finished each sample off in the oven. Overall, judges were less than impressed with most of the seasonings, saying they might buy some of the brands primarily to enhance their homemade versions.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent