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Tones Spices

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by mulepackin, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've never had to buy in the volume that Tones has available at Sams Cub. I've got to do a large amount of meat this summer for my dtrs. wedding and considering using Tones Spice products for my rub. Those of you that have used Tones, are you happy with the quality, obviously the price is pretty good.
  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thats what the wife and I get. No complaints. We only buy the larger containers of the more common ones we use like black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder. I think everything else is in smaller bottles as they don't get used as much in our cooking and don't go stale.
  3. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love them that's all I use.

    Much cheaper than buying a few oz of some crap in a aluminum pouch like MC Cormicks and other brands.
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I have no complaints with Tones. Just as good as any. Plus no MSG.
  5. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like them, and they have a plant just down the road, freind gets employee discounts for me.
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I use them with no complaints other than grinding your own fresh I think they are all pretty close from the different ones I've used
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    We have used them and liked them. You get a lot more bang for your buck with them.
  8. tlzimmerman

    tlzimmerman Meat Mopper

    Love em. Sometimes I think their peppercorns may be a little mild, but then again I really like a stout black pepper, the wife thinks they are hot!
  9. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I stopped buying all brands of store bought shelf spices ever since I discovered the difference in flavor and freshness I get from the product I buy through the www.spicehouse.com I am slowly eliminating previously store bought spices such as Tones, McCormick etc. from my spice rack. When I need a replacement it now comes from the Spice House.
    I have really noticed a difference in my smoking and cooking by using these spices. The flavor is much more pronounced.
    Yes it's more expensive, but the trade off in flavor and freshness is well worth it in imo.

    In addition to spices the Spice House carrys some very nice blends and rubs that are specific to bbq'ing and smoking along with fresh herbs that I would never find in any store here. As a bonus their customer service is fantastic.
  10. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've been using Tone's for 20 years (ever since our Sam's Club opened here). They have always had the best price and have always seemed to be fresh.
  11. csmith2884

    csmith2884 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Use them all the time....have gotten some better (fresher) spices here and there but with that cost I will just add a bit more as they get a bit older. Some things they don't have but what they do is good quality and a great price..IMHO of course.

  12. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They're not the best money can buy, bu there's nothing wrong with most of their stuff. Most of it's made right here in Des Moines, IA. Ankeny, a suburb, actually
  13. seenred

    seenred Legendary Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I too have used Tones for years, with no complaints. I know there are fresher, better spices available out there, but not at the price.
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Ron P , You used to be my hero (LOL)
    But i have my doubts about anyone who uses gravy mixes.
  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I only buy the Tones when I can go thru that amount in 9 months or so. All of my other spices I get in bulk ( enough for a small jar) from the WinCo or I also buy the small clear packets in the Mexican section of Albertsons. I just keep the jars or buy the few new ones I need at WinCo. That way I always have fresh spices at a reasonable price
  16. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the replies guys. Paprika especially, seems to go fast when making rubs, I have no doubt I'll use up these containers over the summer, what with the nuptials and all.
  17. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The Tones at Sam's, No Problems here...

    But Restaurant Depot has a different brand I also like alot...
  18. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    When I do use them it is a supplement to my stock, as a thickner.

    As far as roux is concerned I use corn starch for a better looking product and no flour taste.
  19. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Never had a good dark roux taste like flour . But i have tasted some that others did that screamed martha white.
    Never used corn startch.
    My wife will not make a roux she uses the jar stuff. She says i am not standing at the stove stirring a pot of flour and oil for 30 min just to cook something else with it.
  20. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with her, starch is so easy and fool proof. Try it some time.