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Spice things up on the grill into the fall

Have a smoking', smoky time with your barbecue fare this weekend.

Feel like a little extra zip in your weekend barbecue plans? Meet Smoke Show, the Canadian-based hot sauce company bringing the heat. Founded by Dave Rose, Smoke Show features over 10 small-batch products, including smoky, sweet and savoury sauces and spices. The hot sauce brand is in over 500 retailers across Canada, so look for it when you're ready to spice things up on the grill. From a jalapeno spice blend, jerk blend and Montreal steak spice, the company is exploring ways to enrich the barbecue experience.

"We take a lot of pride in making the best hot sauce we can," said Rose. "We created Smoke Show out of our own passion for food and spicy sauce, and out of a desire to add a flavour-packed condiment with a hint of smokiness to every dish."

Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl

Get your sushi fix without making sushi! This Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl made with rice, fresh cubed salmon and topped with our Jalapeño Aioli is the perfect meal for summer.


  • 1 kg sushi grade salmon
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs vinegar
  • 1 nori sheet, thinly sliced or crumbled
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup kimchi, store bought
  • 4 tbs Smoke Show Jalapeño Aioli
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2-3 tbs sesame oil


  1. To start, bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil. Pour in the rice, cover and cook over low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add the sesame oil to the rice once it’s done cooking.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the radishes with the sugar and vinegar. Set aside and let marinate at least 10 minutes so they can absorb the flavours. 
  4. Slice your salmon into bite-sized cubes. A tip is to keep your salmon in the freezer while you prepare you other items. This will stiffen the fish and make it easier to slice.
  5. Mix with a drizzle of oil, a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper with the salmon.
  6. To assemble, put the rice in a bowl and garnish with all the ingredients and a generous drizzle of Smoke Show Jalapeño Aioli all over. 
  7. Stop thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner tonight, these spicy shrimp tacos are a no-brainer!! Loaded with spicy chipotle shrimp, homemade creamy slaw, jalapeños and feta cheese, there’s no doubt you’ll make everyone at the table happy with this recipe.


How to make shrimp tacos

Make the best shrimp tacos featuring a Smoke Show Chipotle spice mix that really brings the heat to your home cooking. 

Prepare your shrimp. You can use either fresh or frozen shrimps for this taco recipe, just ensure that they are completely thawed and patted dry to remove the moisture. Then peel and devein to get them ready for seasoning. 

The real star ingredient to this dish is the chipotle spice mix. The hot, smoky and naturally sweet flavours pack a punch so depending on your spice tolerance you can add a little more or a little less. You can either pan fry your shrimp or go the extra mile and throw them on the grill to get a nice char on them. 

Next, it’s time to make the creamy slaw. There are a few different ways to make this slaw, you can always replace the greek yogurt in this recipe for sour cream if you prefer. The longer it sits the more flavour you’ll get out of it, so our best tip is to make it right before you start cooking your shrimp so your slaw has time to rest in the fridge. 

All that’s left to do is assemble. We like our shrimp tacos with some sliced green onion and jalapeños (of course), feta cheese, homemade creamy slaw and a whole lot of sauce. 

What can you season shrimp with?

You can season shrimp with just about any kind of spice mix, but chipotle is at the top of the list of flavours to try. If you were curious, chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeño chilli pepper grounded up to create a delicious and spicy seasoning. The smoky heat and naturally sweet undertones brings a kick to your shrimp and levels up the flavours. 

What sauce is good for shrimp?

The best sauce for shrimp is aioli by far. The Smoke Show Jalapeño Aioli is ridiculously delicious on any type of fish, especially shrimp. It packs a mild punch from the lightly charred jalapeños with an overall creamy texture that is perfect for drizzling over tacos or using as a dipping sauce. 


  1. 1 pound large shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  2. 3 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp Smoke Show Chipotle Seasoning
  4. Salt and pepper, to taste
  5. 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  6. ½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  7. 1 garlic clove
  8. 1 lime
  9. 2 cups shredded cabbage
  10. 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  11. 1 large jalapeño, thinly sliced
  12. Feta cheese, crumbled
  13. Corn tortillas



  1. Start by first patting the shrimp dry to ensure there is little moisture left in them. Transfer to a mixing bowl and drizzle over a tablespoon of olive oil and add in the chipotle powder and salt. Toss until all the shrimps are generously covered. 
  2. In a separate small bowl, begin making the shrimp sauce. Combine the greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, cilantro, minced garlic, salt & pepper, and lime juice. Combine half of the shrimp sauce with the shredded cabbage and toss to create the slaw. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble, reserve the rest of the sauce for serving. 
  3. In a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil and begin cooking the shrimp. Sauté until all the shrimps are cooked through, remembering to flip slides. When the shrimps are no longer translucent that’s when you know they’re ready. Transfer to a plate to ensure that they don’t overcook. 
  4. To serve, warm your tortillas quickly in the pan used for the shrimps over a low heat. A few seconds on each side should be good. Add your desired amount of shrimp, top with your homemade slaw, extra sauce, sliced jalapeños, green onion, and feta cheese. Enjoy!