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Default Hot, Smoked, Merquén Spiced, Rack Of Lamb

Merquén or Merkén is a traditional condiment mix in Mapuche cuisine in Chile made of goats horn chili, coriander seed, salt, and sometimes cumin. All smoked. It is wonderful stuff. Spicy and very smokey. I can't think of anything it wouldn't work with.

Rack of lamb rubbed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and heavily coated with imported Chilean Merquén. It is illegal to import goat horn chili so US spice houses are forced to use other ingredients to mimic the flavor profile. If you want the real deal, its Amazon or eBay.


I brought the internal temp up higher than many of you would for lamb but I've never been a fan of rare. No pics of the sear. I didn't want to over cook this so I never left the cooker.

Resting for 20 minutes


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lmao - hot smoked merkin

Well the pronounciation is the same:
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The lamb looks fabulous - but I just can't get past the name
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I wondered if anyone was going to pick up on that
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That is just awesome... cooked to perfection!
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Never had anything like that, but I'm positive I'd Love It !!!

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So I searched for Chilean Merquén, and Amazon does have it...they seem to be limited to this one brand.


My question...Is this the real deal? I see US spice houses have something similar but they mimic the flavor profile...here, read it for yourself, this is what they say...

That chile isn't available commercially in the US so, to achieve the correct flavor profile, we use a combination of chiles and smoked paprika. We handcraft our version of this customary Chilean seasoning by blending chile powders, coriander, smoked sweet paprika, salt and oregano.

Have you tried the US spice house versions? Is the Amazon product the real deal? Is there enough difference between the two to justify the large price differential? I'm intrigued by this spice and want to order some.

Oh, and that lamb looks fantastic!!
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It is illegal to import a goat's horn(animal horn) but goat's horn peppers are sold here and the seeds are imported and sold all the time and have been for years. Most garden and seed supply places sell them. They are more common in Asia than South America. Maybe only peppers grown in that small region are not imported.

http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/conte...orn-pepper.htm

http://www.rareseeds.com/goat-horn-hot/
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First I ordered one little bottle. Then I ordered another little bottle. Finally I got serious.


There are only two brands imported from Chile that I know of and Amazon has this one. It benefits from an additional trip through your kitchen spice grinder.
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It is illegal to import a goat's horn(animal horn) but goat's horn peppers are sold here and the seeds are imported and sold all the time and have been for years. Most garden and seed supply places sell them. They are more common in Asia than South America.
That's interesting and something I will check on
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So I searched for Chilean Merquén, and Amazon does have it...they seem to be limited to this one brand.

My question...Is this the real deal? I see US spice houses have something similar but they mimic the flavor profile...here, read it for yourself, this is what they say...

That chile isn't available commercially in the US so, to achieve the correct flavor profile, we use a combination of chiles and smoked paprika. We handcraft our version of this customary Chilean seasoning by blending chile powders, coriander, smoked sweet paprika, salt and oregano.

Have you tried the US spice house versions? Is the Amazon product the real deal? Is there enough difference between the two to justify the large price differential? I'm intrigued by this spice and want to order some.

Oh, and that lamb looks fantastic!!
x2 Spent some time this afternoon calling local spice places.....no go. I may hit up a few Mexican grocery stores on my next trip.

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You're only going to find the one brand( Etnia ). That Chilean company holds the export and name rights to that product worldwide( Chilean Merquen ).

http://www.m5corporation.com/Etnia-s/101.htm

"Etnia is a Chilean company whose products are based around the merquen spice."
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It wouldn't surprise me if one company packaged the same product under different names.
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It wouldn't surprise me if one company packaged the same product under different names.
I'm sure that's how they're controlling it's distribution and price to different places around the world.
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