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Al Pastor-Style SPAM Tacos Is The Hack You MUST Try At Home

If you look hard enough, you can probably find a can of SPAM lying somewhere in your house. One of the most time-friendly — and tasty — proteins that you can easily cook up and enjoy in a pretty short amount of time.

This week, the Foodbeast crew were challenged to create a dish using SPAM as the key ingredient. Our managing editor and taco enthusiast Reach Guinto set out to make a SPAM Al Pastor set up on a trompo.

“I successfully made al pastor at home the other week and still had ingredients for the marinade leftover,” Reach said. “Couple that with the constant craving I have for al pastor tacos and SPAM being readily on deck at my house and I decided to go a little mad and combine the two together.”

“That, or I just wanted to see how some SPAM would look on a cute little trompo,” he mused.

From the looks of it, old Mr. Guinto’s venture was a rousing success.

Check out his recipe in the video above, along with the recipes of the other Foodbeast team members that happened to find some SPAM lying around the house. These include Jasmine (SPAM Fries on a Filipino Breakfast Charcuterie Board), Theresa (Animal Style SPAM Fries), Costa (SPAM Kimbap Burrito), and myself who made a Nashville Hot SPAMwich.

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Breaded SPAM Patties Have Been Spotted For Sale In Costco

SPAM is known well over as the ubiquitous canned meat that goes great in everything from musubi to fried rice. Many of these creations, like SPAM fries, involve putting the meat product in the deep fryer.

It seems that SPAM’s newest product is cutting out that step for us, as containers of breaded SPAM patties have been spotted at a Costco location.

Photo: Marc Kharrat // Foodbeast

Foodbeast Marc Kharrat spotted the containers at a Costco in Fountain Valley, California. The packs appear to contain over a dozen breaded pieces of SPAM inside, with a serving suggestion of 2 slices per meal. An entire pack (27 ounces) comes out to $9.59, which is about the same price as three cans of regular SPAM.

A search for the product online has failed to produce any results in both social media and internet website mentions, leading us to believe this is an entirely new product. Foodbeast has reached out to Hormel (the parent company of SPAM) for comment, and we hope to have more details on this product and where it’s sold soon.

UPDATE [Jan. 27th]: We’ve gotten word from the team at SPAM that the patties are being sold in Costco locations in the Los Angeles and Hawaii areas, with plans to quickly expand them across the United States. Each package contains 18 slices of the breaded, frozen SPAM.

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The Musubi Madness Pop-Up Was A Fitting Tribute To SPAM® Innovation

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SPAM® products have won over our palates since forever, but over the last three weekends it took over LONO in Hollywood, California. During the Musubi Madness pop-up, LONO was turning out innovative SPAM®-based dishes in both classic and new ways. Here’s a review of what specialties were being served:

Build-Your-Own-SPAM® Musubi Bar

There’s a popular saying that says “the world is your oyster.” This was like that, but with musubis. The build-your-own musubi bar featured over 20 ingredients from around the world, like queso fresco, vermicelli noodles, and garlic rice — all enabling delectable SPAM® musubi creations like an American cheeseburger musubi and a Filipino-inspired one with lumpia.

SPAM® Corn Dog

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LONO executive chef David Lespron dipped into his fryer of tricks to create this SPAM® Classic and shrimp dog covered in a furikake batter. Lespron also gave the usual dipping sauce a tropical twist by serving this take on an American classic with banana ketchup.

SPAM® Soft Serve

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SPAM® soft serve could seem out of left field, sure, but fans in attendance definitely took to the creative spin on the cold treat. Using a SPAM®-infused base, this soft serve was topped with caramelized SPAM® pieces, vanilla-braised pineapple, candied nuts, and furikake.

SPAM® Cocktail

What kind of self-respecting meal is served without a drink? Certainly not this one. This feast featured a cocktail consisting of rum, pineapple, Cara Cara orange, and coconut cream. It was served over crushed ice and, naturally, inside a SPAM® can.

If you missed this SPAM® showcase, but want to check out more of the results, or just give yourself a nice dose of FOMO, you can check out the #MusubiMadness tag on Instagram.

 

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Mainland Musubi: These Corn Dogs Are Made With SPAM® Classic and Nori

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Who doesn’t love corn dogs? Who doesn’t love SPAM®-infused dishes? No one. Exactly. And what’s not to love? Both are savory, craveable treats taste buds have long enjoyed and not just in America but around the world. In fact, that goes for both corn dogs and SPAM® products. 

This, then, begs the question: are the two interchangeable? This would take entirely too long to find out, but our investigation has gotten deliciously exciting with the SPAM® Corn Dog with a musubi twist that’s being served at the Musubi Madness pop-up at LONO Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA. 

The corn dog mixture is made of SPAM® Classic and shrimp: two parts SPAM® Classic, one part shrimp, which is ground up and mixed with ginger, garlic, green onion, aromats and seasonings. The mixture is then wrapped and rolled in plastic wrap, to give it the corn dog shape, then steamed. Afterwards, the dog is unwrapped and poked with a chopstick, which poses as the corn dog stick.

But, let’s be honest, the true sign of any delicious corn dog is the batter- and this version’s batter is golden and dense without being doughy. And, to give it a delectable musubi nod, Chef David Lespron puts furikake in the batter. If you thought a corn dog couldn’t get any more savory, you’re in for a  mouthwatering surprise.

To even this out, Chef Lespron has a sweet trick up his sleeve: a banana infused ketchup. When drizzled on top, it’s the perfect complement to this musubi themed dog.

If you want to try this, or the make-your-own-SPAM® Musubi Bar and SPAM® Soft Serve Sundae, make sure to stop by the Musubi Madness pop-up shop on September 7, 14, and 21.

 

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LA’s Musubi Madness is Slinging SPAM® SOFT SERVE SUNDAES

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SPAM® products are typically thought of as  tasty, versatile ingredients perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Usually, though, dinner is where SPAM® dishes end for the day. At the Musubi Madness pop-up in Los Angeles, CA, however, they’re out to prove that the iconic canned meat can indeed stick around after the main course. This September, they’ll be serving SPAM® Soft Serve Sundaes. Yes, you heard that right — SPAM® Soft Serve Sundaes.

If the thought of SPAM® ice cream scares you, don’t let it. Sweet meats have existed for as long as people have been eating meat. This is just a different way to enjoy those same sweet and savory flavors.

Made with a special extraction from SPAM® Classic, the soft serve has a distinct, but not overwhelming, flavor. 

Next, the soft serve is piled high into a waffle cone bowl. From there, it’s up to you what goes on top. You can choose between vanilla-braised pineapples, candied walnuts, furikake, teriyaki sauce, and rum caramel. Or you could live out your 9-year-old self’s fantasy and just put every topping on it. You’re already eating SPAM® ice cream, might as well go all out.

If this sounds like a treat you’d be interested in, the Musubi Madness pop-up will be running for the first three Saturdays in September on the 7th, 14th, and 21st at LONO Hollywood.

 

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Introducing MUSUBI MADNESS: A Pop Up Serving SPAM® Classic Corn Dogs, SPAM® Soft Serve, and Customizable SPAM® Musubi

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The world as we know it would not be the same without the SPAM® brand. The delicious and affordable product  has been beloved worldwide since providing aid to U.S. and allied troops during WWII. To this day, the SPAM® brand is deeply ingrained in  cultures near and far including Hawaii, Japan and Korea. You could write a book on the iconic brand. In fact, people have. Famed for its ability to be incorporated into any dish, SPAM® products are kitchen staples. To celebrate this great-tasting, meal-time favorite, Musubi Madness, a pop-up restaurant serving all kinds of wildly tasty SPAM®-based dishes, will be up and running at LONO Hollywood in Los Angeles the first three Saturdays of September.

The pop-up will feature a Build-Your-Own-SPAM® Musubi Bar with more than  20 delicious ingredients from around the world to choose from. Once you’ve selected your ingredients, an expert chef will hand-make the musubi right in front of you. Maybe an American Burger SPAM® Musubi with American cheese, onions, lettuce, and thousand island sounds good. How about a Vietnamese-inspired musubi with daikon, carrots, and vermicelli noodles? The possibilities are endless.

The additional options on-hand at the pop-up, while not as customizable as the musubi, are equally delicious. The SPAM® Classic and Shrimp Hot Dogs are dipped in a nori batter and fried until they resemble the fair treats that we all know and love. SPAM® soft serve sundaes, topped with teriyaki caramel, furikake is a must-try for all. This is sweet and savory at its craziest. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering how you’re supposed to eat all this deliciousness with no beverage to wash it down. We got you covered. Musubi Madness will be serving tropical-themed drinks. And, yes, they’re served in the iconic little blue cans.

If you want to get in on one of these Saturday SPAM® Musubi pop-ups, make sure you RSVP at foodbeast.com/spam.

 

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A Mansion’s Restaurant Is Twisting Up The Cubano Sandwich With SPAM®️


One of Phoenix’s most ornate landmarks has to be the Wrigley Mansion. It was built by the Wrigley Chewing Gum family back in 1929. In 1992, the mansion was bought by Geordie Hormel, the late heir to the Hormel meatpacking company. To commemorate Geordie, his namesake restaurant at the Wrigley Mansion will be serving up a twist on the classic Cubano Sandwich that utilizes a long-standing Hormel product: SPAM®️.

Called the Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano, this sandwich was created by the mansion’s kitchen team in conjunction with Jamie Hormel, current owner of the mansion and Geordie’s wife. The item is a sharp contrast to the high-end French fare normally sold at Geordie’s at the Wrigley Mansion, but still one that gets a ton of attention to detail.

The restaurant’s take on the Cubano has classic ingredients like housemade pulled pork, whole grain mustard, pickles, and bolillo bread. A couple of twists are then introduced, with white cheddar subbing out the usual Swiss cheese and griddled slices of SPAM®️ Classic taking over for what would usually be ham. Everything is packed into the bread, pressed, and fried, creating a hot, crispy, gooey, and meaty sandwich to salivate over. It’s then served up alongside a cleaned-out SPAM®️ tin that’s been crammed with housemade potato chips.

Geordie’s doesn’t typically sell these types of sandwiches, as the restaurant is known for high-end French cuisine. However, their tribute to Geordie Hormel is one that is still full of flavor and shows the versatility of one of Hormel’s signature products.

You can try the Hormel SPAM®️ Cubano on Geordie’s menu for the entirety of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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This Tiki Bar’s Tribute To ‘The Sandlot’ Features A SPAM And Shrimp Hot Dog


This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of film’s most iconic classics: The Sandlot. To celebrate the baseball-centric movie’s birthday, a Hollywood tiki bar is offering up a unique twist on the game’s quintessential food: the hot dog.

Called the “SPAMlot,” LONO Hollywood’s unique twist on the frankfurter bridges together ballpark eats, Hawaiian-inspired tiki bar food, and the culinary fusion that Los Angeles has become so well known for.

The hot dog inside is made from SPAM®️ Classic and shrimp, both of which lend well to the tropical flavors the “SPAMlot” is topped with. These include banana ketchup, a sweet Maui onion kimchi relish, Japanese Kewpie mayo, and nori.

Together, these create a mouthwatering combination of flavors that is an absolute home run. The Sultan of Swat himself would definitely be impressed if he tried one of these hot dogs.

LONO Hollywood’s SPAM®️-filled tribute to The Sandlot will be available for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


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