Summer is the perfect time to cool down with one of Mama’s Cocktails. From Bloody Marys to Pineapple Margaritas Mamas got you covered for a summer of fun!
1. Mama’s Pineapple Margarita
This margarita is sweet, spicy and everything nice. The combination of Pineapple, Tumeric, Tequila, and Slap, may sound a little crazy but the flavors come together to create an unforgettable flavor. Give this cocktail a try, you can thank us later!
One morning while eating brunch, Mama Jen noticed that her Bloody Mary lacked a punchy pizazz she expected from her favorite drink. So in an effort to satisfy her discerning taste, we created a seasoning blend perfectly formulated to bring out the best flavor in any Bloody Mary. Our Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary Mix uses only the best ingredients — and gives Mama Jen that delicious Bloody Mary flavor she loves. We hope your family and friends enjoy it as much as we do. Click here to shop Slap Ya Mama Bloody Mary Mix!
Mama is heating things up with her Spicy Jalapeño Margarita. Simple and delicious, these margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and agave syrup. Make a single cocktail or whip up a pitcher for a crowd.
When a Bloody Mary meets tequila it makes a wonderful Bloody Maria. The simple change from vodka to tequila really changes the taste. Of course here at Slap Ya Mama, we like it SPICY so we recommend using Ghost Tequila! Give this spicy cocktail a try!
A Mexican Mule is a tequila-based spin on the Moscow Mule. Made for the spice connoisseurs, filled with a flavorful kick from the combination of Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce and ginger beer, this cocktail is truly delicious!
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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. The official start of summer. That means it’s time to break out the grill and get to cooking. Thinking about hosting a Memorial Day cookout but aren’t sure what to whip up? Don’t worry, the Slap Ya Mama team has tons of delicious ideas and recipes perfect for grilling this summer!
Native Americans were catching and eating crawfish for years before the Acadians arrived, although some legends tell of the northeastern lobster following the Acadians to Louisiana and shrinking in size over the long journey. The Acadians took quite well to the local crawfish, and they became a major part of Cajun culture.
Crawfish- or mudbugs, as they are called since the popular species in Louisiana burrow into the wet ground of the freshwater bayous- can be boiled whole with spices and vegetables or the tender meat can be featured in a variety of Cajun cuisine from étouffée to meat pies. Every spring when crawfish are in season, Louisiana families like the Walkers spend their afternoons gathered around picnic tables, picking crawfish. They spread the old newspaper across long tables where they dump a giant pot of steaming crawfish along with boiled potatoes, garlic cloves, corn on the cob, whole mushrooms, and onions.
Some of the Walker’s fondest memories involve farming crawfish themselves. One of TW’s clients had a crawfish pond. When TW’s brother, Bob, was coming to Ville Platte for Easter with his family, TW asked his client if the kids could come by and pick up crawfish with the hand nets. “Mais, cher, don’t worry about that,” TW’s client said using the Cajun term of endearment. “I’ll tell my guy not to make his run on Saturday morning, and y’all can pick up all the traps.”
TW couldn’t believe this generous offer. He loaded up the whole family, and they headed to the ponds. “Jack and Joe were just waist-high then,” recalls TW. “We pulled them behind us in a boat and waded through the water with our hip boots on, even Mama Jen. I think we came up with over 250 pounds of crawfish.”
A good rule of thumb is three pounds of crawfish per person, which means the walkers hit the motherlode. “We got to be crawfish farmers for the day,” Jack remembers fondly.
TW’s client invited them back year after year. As Jack and Joe got older they wore snake-proof boots and started pulling the boats through the muddy water for the younger kids to ride. “It was always a good weekend says TW.”It brought all the family together.”
The Walkers took all those crawfish back to the Bayou Chicot house and cooked them in the backyard under the twinkle lights TW stung from the trees. “We ate for two hours, Cajun french music blaring in the background,” says Bob. “Living in Mississippi, I wanted my kids to experience the way I grew up.”
Today when the Walkers eat crawfish, they all remember those Easter weekends. They pop off the head and suck the juices, peel off the shell, and pop the meat in their mouths. The Slap Ya Mama seasoning tingles their lips just perfectly, and they’re taken right back to those Easter weekends way back when.
The quintessential Cajun meal- find a reason to celebrate and enjoy. Pop off the head and suck the juices, peel off the shell and pop the meat in your mouth.
In a large bucket or cooler, place live crawfish, 3 cups salt, and water to cover. Let stand for 30 minutes, discarding any crawfish that float to the top (which indicates crawfish are dead). Rinse crawfish thoroughly using cold water.
In a large outdoor 60-gallon pot with a crawfish basket, place 2 bags Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seafood Boil, lemons(squeezing juices), and remaining 3 cups salt. Fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil over high heat on a heavy-duty outdoor burner. Add potatoes, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Egg Pocking is a tournament-style battle for the strongest hard-boiled Easter egg.
How to Play: First, you and your competitor grab a hard-boiled egg. Hold the thickest part of the egg in your fist(as pictured). Then count to three and lightly tap your opponent’s egg without cracking your own egg. Continue tapping eggs until one cracks. The round ends as soon as the first egg cracks, the winner will then advance to the next round. The game repeats until there is one person left. That person becomes the winner of the Egg Pocking Competition.
What do you win? Prizes can range from bragging rights for the year, cash, candy, or even first place in line for food.
The game is simple, but the competition gets serious! Some take it so seriously that they secretly switch out their eggs for a stronger duck egg.
Give it a crack, and let us know what you think of this Cajun tradition!
History of Egg Pocking?
Egg Pocking began back in Ancient Greece. The game was called tsougrisma, which translates to clinking together. They would dye their eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, and the cracking of the egg symbolized the resurrection of Christ. From Ancient Greece, the game slowly spread around the globe, immersing itself in many cultures.
Like many Cajun traditions, Egg Pocking made its way over to Louisiana by the French. Pocking comes from the french word Pâques, which translates to Easter. Once spelled egg paquing, but through time, it has simplified to what we know today, egg pocking.
Today many families spend time decorating eggs for the game, while others leave theirs plain. No matter how the eggs look, Egg Pocking will always bring people together to celebrate a new origin of life. This tradition is going nowhere and will pass on to many more generations!
Save your eggs and make Mama’s Cajun Deviled Eggs!
If you love deviled eggs as much as we do, you’re going to love this concoction. Slap Ya Mama is proud to present our deviled eggs recipe complete with our special hot blend and hot sauce for unparalleled flavor.
With a knife, carefully half each egg, remove yolk to a large bowl and set egg whites aside. In the large bowl, combine yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard and Slap Ya Mama Pepper Sauce. With a fork mash yolks and mix well until ingredients are smooth. Spoon fill each egg halve with yolk mixture, top with a pinch of paprika, a few sprinkles of Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning and finish with a little bacon on the top of each. Serve and enjoy!
From the 1500s to the 1700s, European countries played a game of hot potato in the New World. Territory changed hands quickly, but for a time, France occupied much of Canada and Middle America, England ruled much of the East Coast, and Spain claimed Florida and much of the Southwest, from Louisiana to California and Mexico.
In the early 1600s, country folk from western France began making life for themselves in Acadia–which’s in today’s Novia Scotia, Canada. As the French settlers adapted to the New World, they became known as the Acadians. In 1713, the area swapped from French to British hands when the Treaty of Utrecht was signed. The treaty meant the Acadians were now subjects of the British monarchy and were expected to worship at the Church of England. The faithful Acadians refused to pledge fealty to either the British crown or Anglican religion and rebelled. In 1755, the British governor decided to solve the problem of unruly Acadians by forcibly dispersing them in Le Grand Derangement. The Acadian refugees were scattered across the British territories and colonies, and many lost their lives.
Exiled Acadians wandered the New World looking for a home. Preferring to follow a Catholic King, many traveled to the Spanish territory of Louisiana, just west of French New Orleans and 2,000 miles from their Canadian home. Spain allowed refugees to settle in their territory, so more Acadians flocked there in hopes of reuniting with their families and communities in the Louisiana countryside. These Acadians adapted to their new homes and became known as Cajuns.
The most famous Acadian refugee is Evangeline, the heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem of the same name. Evangeline was separated from her love, Gabriel, in the expulsion and searched her entire life for him across the New World, until they finally reunited as he died in her arms. Of the 22 parishes in Louisiana’s Cajun Country, one is named Evangeline, and Ville Platte is the parish seat.
In the 1700s, Spain’s El Camino Real de Los Texas linked the territory with Texas and Mexico City. Because the Acadians were unwanted Exiles themselves, they met strangers with open arms and warm hospitality. Their frequently traveled trail fostered relationships among Native Americans and Irish, Spanish, and French immigrants, creating a rich gumbo of cultures and distinctive dialects.
In this part of the country, English names are far less common like Leblanc, Landry, Hebert (pronounced A-bair), Boudreaux, and Fontenot. Locals mix french right in with their English, and in many schools, French-language immersion begins in kindergarten.
Cajuns are known for zydeco music, played with the accordion, washboard, guitar, and violin, and swamp pop, which combines R&B, country/western, and traditional French Louisiana music. In the 1950s and ’60s, legendary producer Floyd Soileau recorded several swamp pop hits at his Ville Platte studio, which the state later proclaimed the Swamp Pop Capital of the World.
But Cajuns are most famous for their food, which should not be confused with Creole cuisine. While the two have their similarities, they possess defining differences. Cajuns hail from French Canada and live in Louisiana Rural areas, while creoles live in New Orleans and are a mix of Spanish, French, Caribbean, and African American ancestry. Thus, Creole food is considered city food, while Cajun food is more simple, country-style food.
Typical Cajun food includes chicken and sausage gumbo, deep-fried pork cracklins, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, and boudin (sausage stuffed with rice, green onions, and seasonings). With every bite, this delectable culture is relished and preserved.
Étouffée, pronounced “eh-too-fey”, has been deeply rooted in Louisiana culinary history since the 1920s. Initially, it was only popular with Cajuns who lived along the bayous of South Louisiana and was later introduced in restaurants around the Breaux Bridge area in the 1950s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that a server from the very popular New Orleans restaurant, Galatoires, brought the dish to his boss and asked him to give it a try. His boss enjoyed it so much, Galatoires added it to their menu and from then on, étouffée was solidified in Louisiana History as one of our greatest dishes. Today, ètouffée is a familiar dish around the country but is most commonly found in South Louisiana.
What is Étouffée?
Did you know Étouffée derives from the French verb etouffer, which means “smothered”? In simple terms, crawfish étouffée could be described as smothered crawfish! In more detail, ètouffée is a seasoned dish where shellfish are simmered with the holy trinity in a sauce made out of roux and served over rice.
There are many variations of étouffée, from the protein used to the thickness of the stew, and the level of spiciness. While all variations are delicious, here in Louisiana, étouffée is most commonly made with crawfish or shrimp. Many who don’t have access to shellfish have used chicken as a substitute. For us, we don’t mind if it’s thick or a little thinner, what matters is that our ètouffèe is full of flavor and seasoned with Slap!
Feel like being a Cajun Chef Make Mama’s Crawfish Étouffée from scratch?
garnish: chopped fresh parsley, chopped green onion
In a large Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and tomato; cook until tender. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add crawfish, and stir to combine. Add stock; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 15 to 20 minutes. Add Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and Slap Ya Mama Hot Sauce. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Cut remaining 3/4 cup butter into cubes. Remove pan from heat; fold in cubed butter, stirring until a creamy sauce forms. Serve over hot cooked rice. Garnish with parsley and green onion, if desired.
Save time with Slap Ya Mama’s Cajun Étouffée Sauce!
Mama’s Cajun Étouffée Sauce is an authentic down-home etouffée base that is so much like our grandmother’s, you’d swear we have Wilda Marie in the back cooking up batches by the tons…from scratch. Here at Slap Ya Mama, we really like to use it with crawfish but if you can’t get crawfish you can use shrimp or chicken. All you have to do is add water and your protein of choice. Serve it over rice or pasta, an amazing and incredibly fast Cajun meal that can feed the family. One jar serves approximately 4-5 people.
It is time for The Slap Ya Mama & BBQGuys VIRTUAL COOK-OFF! Share your Slap Ya Mama dish with us for the chance to win your share of $3,640 of cash and prizes!
Our top 10 dishes will all win prizes in accordance with your rank. After The Slap Ya Mama and BBQGuys Team decides the top ten dishes it will be up to the public to vote on the best dish! During the public vote, we will be selecting random voters to win some Slap Ya Mama products.
How to Enter:
1. Cook your favorite dish using Slap Ya Mama
2. Take a picture of your dish, be sure to include the Slap product used in the picture
3. Follow/Like @SlapYaMama and @BBQGuys on Instagram and/or Facebook
4. Post your dish to Facebook or Instagram. Have the recipe you used included in the caption. Be sure to Tag Us @SlapYaMama and hashtag #SlapxBBQGuysCookoff
5. Entries must be submitted by October 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM central time.
Places & Prizes:
-First Place: $1,000 cash, Victory Gas Grill from BBQGuys ($999.99 value) Slap Ya Mama Prize Box, Recipe Featured in our Slap Ya Mama Newsletter
-Second Place: $250 cash, USA Premium Cuts Assortment from BBQGuys ($269.99 value), Slap Ya Mama Prize Box, Recipe Featured in Slap Ya Mama Newsletter
-Third Place: USA Premium Cuts Burger Battle Box from BBQGuys ($109.99 value), Slap Ya Mama Prize box, a recipe featured in Slap Ya Mama Newsletter
-4th-6th Place: Seasoning Canisters, Cajun FishFry,1 lb Cajun Seafood Boil, Hot Sauces, Bloody Mary Mix, Slap Ya Mama Apron
-7th-10th Place: Hot Sauces, Seasoning Canisters
*More information on the prizes below*
Virtual Cook-off Schedule
September 27th, 2021
Virtual Cook-off Announced
Virtual Cook-off announced on Slap Ya Mama’s social media.
October 10th, 2021
All entries must be submitted by September 10th at 11:50 pm CST.
October 14th, 2021
Top 10 Announced
The Slap Ya Mama and BBQGuys team will vote to determine the top 10. We will then announce the top 10 on Slap Ya Mama’s social media. Public voting will begin then.
October 21st, 2021
Voting Ends at 11:59 pm CST.
October 22nd, 2021
The winners will be announced on Slap Ya Mama’s Social Media!
Thank you to BBQGuys for partnering with us, on this year’s Virtual Cook-off!
Rules & Regulations
How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by uploading an Instagram or Facebook post with a follow, tag, and #SlapxBBQGuysCookoff. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Food Products.
You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Food Products.
Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on September 27th, 2021, and ending October 10th, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT. The Winner will be announced on October 22nd, 2021. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
By entering this contest, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Slap Ya Mama.
By entering this contest you understand that Slap Ya Mama, anyone acting on behalf of Slap Ya Mama or its respective licensees, successors, and assigns will have the right, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review, or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, in any media now known or hereafter in perpetuity and throughout the world, your entry, including, without limitation, the entry and winner’s name, picture, image or statements about the Contest, news, publicity, advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without any further compensation.
The Contest is only open to residents of the United States and Territories and is void where prohibited by law.
Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Giveaway is Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Food Products and BBQGuys
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