I fry Spam to take the gamy taste out of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve enough to believe Spam presently exists as a game animal. I, however, fully recognize that big Spam safaris encapsulated the zeitgeist of the late-1930s. If I understand correctly, back in the day, an accomplished hunter could gun down 5 or 6 spam on a productive afternoon. It was profitable too, as you could sell the pelts to Urban Outfitter and make a small fortune peddling the rest of the carcass to Hormel. These days, all spam is farm raised. Cute little devils, they are.
While I have some familiarity with spam, I had not yet encountered Treet, which Armour should tout as “the other pink meat.” Too bad salmon already trumped them. Any way you slice it, we are in for a malodorous kitchen this morning as we are frying the two leading brands of meat by-product side-by-side.
Naturally, since this is a chili-a-day blog, I have meticulously configured a spam chili rub expressly for today. Odds are good that there are few, if any, references to ”rubbing the spam” to be found on the internet. To be safe, I would not google it to find out.
One concern I have, apart from unintentionally inventing salacious euphemisms, is the chili seasonings may not “take,” as there appears to be some sort of undulating ectoplasm surrounding the meat. We’ll give it a shot.
Both are 12 oz cans (like beer, eh?)
Spam is lighter in color and has more odor.
Spam is shorter and fatter.
The ITP thinks Spam smells like cat food.
Spam is made of pork (and ham) while Treet consists of pork and chicken.
1T chili powder
1T dried onion flakes
½ t cumin
1 t mural of flavor (Penzey’s)
½ t coriander
½ t Mitchell Street seasoning (Penzey’s).
Rub the meat and refrigerate overnight.
Fry, baby, fry.
At 5:30 in the morning, the sound of cracking chili Spam and chili Treet emanated from our tiny kitchen. The coffee was black and strong, as was my iron resolve. We had to determine which canned “delicacy” tasted better with chili glaze. The results? It was a slaughter. Hands down (and unanimously) Spam carried the day. The chili rub (a dub) enhanced the Spam in a way that only Spam can be enhanced. Conversely, the Treet appears to be “flavor black hole,” as the flavor of the chili rub could not be discerned AT ALL in the Treet offering. Remarkably, Treet has no detectable flavor with chili rub or with no chili rub. Weird, but Treet’s ability to negate all flavor may come in handy. I could hand out slices of Treet to the ITP next time I make a bad chili.