Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix – More Than Just A Cocktail Mix!

Our Smokin’ Mary Mix makes the best Bloody Mary – but we came up with our recipe after hearing so many people tell us that our Smoked Black Pepper pickles are awesome in a Bloody Mary. We literally heard this hundreds of times. We figured that if our pickles go great in a Bloody Mary, why not come up with our own Mix?

The first thing we knew, right off the bat, was that the mix would have to contain our Smoked Black Pepper pickles. They were the reason we were even hearing these comments, so that part was a given. Our goal was to come up with a recipe that was so good, so complete, that all you would have to do is add vodka (or tequila, or whatever your alcohol of preference happens to be). No need to spice it up or add anything else to it. Of course, you COULD, if you are one of those people who consider adding enough food to your mix to create a meal part of the fun of having a Bloody Mary in the first place! But …. If you are one of those looking for a mix that just needs alcohol and ice …. We have it!

One of the first things we did was buy the top 10 brands of mix and start trying them, getting a group of people together and doing a blind taste test to figure out what was great about each mix, what was not so great, what do people want in a mix, etc. Once we started narrowing down the specifics of what people liked and what they wanted to add, we started playing with a base. We ground up everything in the jar of Smoked Black Pepper pickles – we mean everything; the pickles, the peppers, the garlic, the brine, even the grape leaf. We started adding that to different base ingredients. We did figure out that the grape leaf causes a certain bitterness when ground and added, so we eliminated that, but everything else stayed.

We continued having taste tests among friends, and groups, and having them give opinions on what they liked or didn’t like. One of the things that was unique about our recipe was that smoked flavor, what could we add to that to bring it out more? A-1 Sauce was a taste we really liked, but we wanted to keep our ingredients clean, nothing artificial, so we had to reverse engineer that sauce to get the qualities we liked without the artificial stuff. We liked Worcestershire sauce, but we made sure to use one without anchovies, so that it could be vegan – we figured there was no reason to eliminate a percentage of customers over a little fish! We kept playing with it and getting feedback, even using different vodkas to see how it changed it up. Our mix is thicker than most, with little tiny chunks of pickle that are very satisfying, but one thing that people stated they did not like about most Mary Mixes was how watery it would get once you added vodka and the ice melted (of course, the most common stated solution to that problem was to just drink it faster, but hey, not everyone wants to chug their Bloody Mary!), so we decided to keep it a little on the thicker side.

Our goal at this point was to do a blind taste test with our mix recipe and the top mixes, and have ours come out at #1. It took us almost 9 months to get it just right – literally why we call this our baby! Yeah, we drank a lot of Bloody Mary’s …….. We figured out how to produce our recipe on a large scale, and that is how our Smokin’ Mary Mix came to be. It’s been a big hit too, we get a lot of positive feedback from people who say it’s the best Bloody Mary Mix out there, and you don’t have to add anything else to it!

So … what if you are not a Bloody Mary drinker? When we demonstrate our Smokin’ Mary Mix, we sometimes get the comment “I don’t drink”, or “I don’t like Bloody Mary’s”. Our Mix is so much more than just a cocktail mix – it is an excellent base for recipes, including soups, chili, and marinades. Our Trü Smokin’ Mary Chili is an extremely popular recipe right now as we start fall – it’s a great tailgating recipe, and tastes wonderful during the cold weather season! Check out some of our favorite recipes (you can view more recipes for all of our products on our website, www.trupickles.com):


Trü Smokin Mary Chili

Ingredients –

  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 lb ground pork, browned and drained
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 can of Ro*Tel diced tomatoes
  • 1 can fire roasted green chilies
  • 1 jar Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Directions –

Combine beef, pork, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chilies and Smokin’ Mary Mix in a crock pot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. Serve in a bowl, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.


Smokin’ Mary Salsa

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix (more or less, depending on your desired consistency)
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds and core removed, finely chopped (if you really want to sweat, try a fresh habanero pepper instead!)
  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions –

Combine all ingedients, and eat with chips, crackers, or on burritos or tacos, or any other creative salsa method!


Trü Smokin’ Mary-nara Sauce

Ingredients –

  • 1 jar Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • 2-3 small cans tomato paste
  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained

Directions –

Pour the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix into a large bowl, and blend in the tomato paste to thicken the Mix to your desired sauce consistency. Add the mixture to the ground beef, and simmer for 10 minutes to let flavors incorporate. Enjoy over your favorite pasta!


Trü Smokin’ Mary Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients –

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix, divided

Directions –

  • Place the chicken breasts in the crockpot.
  • Pour 2/3 jar of Smokin’ Mary Mix over the chicken, and refrigerate remaining Mix.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 8-9 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
  • Remove the lid and add the remaining 1/3 jar of Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve over pasta or rice, or shred with a fork for sandwiches

Trü Smokin’ Mary BBQ Sauce

Ingredients –

  • 2 lbs pork ribs or chicken
  • 2 cups Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • 1 small can tomato paste

Directions –

  • In a bowl, combine the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix with the tomato paste to thicken. Reserve ¼ cup of this mixture.
  • Place the ribs or chicken in a ziplock bag and pour the mixture into the bag.
  • Seal the bag and shake to coat the meat evenly. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Grill or broil the meat, using the reserved mixture to baste during cooking

Trü Smokin’ Mary Salmon

Ingredients –

1 lb salmon filet

1 cup Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix

Directions –

  • Spray a medium baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  • Place salmon filet in the baking dish, and pour the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix over the filet. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Broil fish for about 7 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Trü Smokin’ Mary Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients –

  • 2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
  • 1 cup Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix

Directions –

  • In a large bowl, combine the shrimp and the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix. Let marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill on high, and use a grill pan or heavy foil pierced with a fork.
  • Drain the shrimp, discarding the marinade.
  • Grill for 10-15 minutes in the grill pan or foil, turning occasionally, until the shrimp is browned and opaque.
  • Delicious over rice!

Trü Smokin’ Mary Soup

Ingredients –

  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup half and half

Directions –

  • Heat olive oil on low in a 2-quart sauce pan. Add garlic and cook just until browned, about 5 minutes – DO NOT OVERCOOK THE GARLIC!
  • Stir in the tomatoes, and increase the heat to medium. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix and basil. Partially cover and simmer until reduced, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in half and half. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.

** an easy soup recipe that kids have tried – just heat up a cup of the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix, and dip grilled cheese in it!


Trü Smokin’ Mary Mixed Vegetable Soup

Ingredients –

  • 1 jar Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups of cooked pasta, if desired

Directions –

Combine the Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix, broth and frozen vegetables in a crockpot. Cook on low 3-4 hours. Add the cooked pasta and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, until heated through.


Want to know more about adult beverages using Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix?

  • Add vodka for a Traditional Bloody Mary
  • Add tequila or mezcal for a Bloody Maria
  • Add vodka and clam juice for a Bloody Caesar
  • Add beer for a Red Beer
  • Add pisco for a Peruvian Bloody Mary
  • Add beef bouillon and vodka for a Bloody Bull
  • Add sake for a Bloody Geisha
  • Add dark, spiced rum for a Bloody Pirate
  • Add scotch for a Bloody Scotsman
  • Add whiskey for a Brown Mary
  • Add gin for a Ruddy Mary
  • Add 1:1 sherry and vodka for a Bloody Bishop
  • Add absinthe for a Bloody Fairy
  • Add Guinness for a Bloody Maureen
  • Add 1:1 Tabasco to vodka for a Bleeding Mary
  • Add habanero for a Screaming Emo
  • Drink it straight without alcohol for a Bloody Shame (aka Virgin Mary)

So whether you are a drinker or not, Trü Smokin’ Mary Mix will soon become a favorite with it’s versatility and amazing flavor. Give some a try today –  it makes a great gift this holiday season!

Available nationwide at your local Ace Hardware; at Pfeifer’s Hardware in Mars, PA; at Walker’s 5&10 in Holden, MO; some Hardware Hank and Trustworthy stores in the Midwest, at Price Mart locations in Portland and Northwest areas; and many other retailers in Colorado (this is not a complete list). Always available in our online store at www.trupickles.com. (**Gallon size available only at our online store).

 

 

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