As far back as I can remember, my family has only used sauce for grilling--usually the well known brand names. For some reason, rubs just never sounded appealing. I never liked the idea of having to smear it all over the raw meat with my bare hands! That all changed last weekend when I found a jar of McCormicks new "Grill Mates Cinnamon Chipotle Rub" that I had intended to sample at some point, buried in the cabinet, and decided to break tradition and try it. I cut up some boneless chicken breasts into cubes for kebabs, dipped the skewered pieces in the rub and threw them on the grill. Wow, was I surprised! It tasted great and the meat was tenderer and much juicier than it had ever been with sauce. Everyone loved the sweet and spicy combination, including my three boys, who can be very picky about flavors. It was also nice not having a messy jar of sauce dripping all over the place.

If you want to try it, you should be able to find the "Grill Mates" rubs in the spice section at a supermarket near you, or you can order it directly from McCormick.