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Dave’s Jalapeno Salt spices up Colorado’s Grand Valley

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Dave's Jalapeno Salt is locally owned, operated and manufactured. It offers sevent varieties of spices most centered around the jalapeno.
Submitted photo / Bob Ingelhart |

DAVE’S SMOKED JALAPEÑO SALMON

INGREDIENTS:

4 ea. 6 oz fillets of fresh salmon

1 stick of unsalted Butter (melted) with

4 tsp. Smoked Jalapeño Dave’s All Natural Jalapeño Salt

2 ea. fresh limes

4 squares (12 in.) heavy aluminum foil

DIRECTIONS:

Place each fillet on foil, brush with olive oil and loosely close top. Place on hot grill and cook for 4 minutes covered. Spoon melted butter and Dave’s All Natural Jalapeño Salt sauce over salmon. Cover and cook another 4-6 minutes. Squeeze 1/2 lime over each fillet. Serve with a light salad and your favorite wine.

For more recipes, visit http://www.davsejalapenosalt.com.

Debbie and Dave Booher, a Grand Junction couple who’ve made their living in the dental industry, recently spiced things up with a new business: Dave’s Jalapeño Salt.

Though they’ve been making their flavorful concoctions for the last decade, they recently began bulk producing spices in the kitchen of Grand Junction’s Business Incubator. They also enlisted their grandson, Sean, 11, to help with assembling the bottles. They hope he continues the legacy of Dave’s Jalapeño Salt well into Grand Valley’s future.

“It makes bland food better,” Dave said, with Debbie adding: “A pinch goes a long way.”



According to the couple, Dave — a tall, burly man with a stark-white moustache — is often seen dining around town with a number of his self-made mixtures.

“Just ask me for a splash of whatever flavor I have,” he added.



ABOUT DAVE’S JALAPEÑO SALT

Flavors include Smoked Jalapeño, Chipotle Garlic, Mild Red Jalapeño, Medium Green Jalapeño, Green Apple Jalapeño, Mesquite Smoked Salt, and Orange Habanero Chipotle Smoked. And six of the eight mixes include 10-percent salt, plus a large dose of jalapeños.

The salts are perfect for burgers, steaks, pork chops and even vegetable dips, the Boohers said. While Dave suggests to use these flavors “on everything,” each one is especially made to bring out flavors of certain foods. Baked potatoes or hash browns should be spiced with Chipotle Garlic, for instance, while eggs can be topped with the Mild Jalapeño.

“It’s funny how buyers are 90 percent women,” Debbie said.

Travel is another benefit of running a spice business, they explained. They recently attended the Taste of Colorado in Denver; the next show they will attend is the Autumn Celebrations Arts & Crafts Holiday Show in Montrose, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19.

Stay tuned: Next year a peach-flavored salt will be available at Palisade Peach Festival.

Dave’s Jalapeño Salt can be purchased at Shabby Chic (2575 Hwy. 6 & 50, Grand Junction), St. Kathryn Cellars (785 Elberta Ave., Palisade), Sutherlands Lumber (2405 F Road, Grand Junction), Quality Meat Company (340 North Ave., Grand Junction), and Graystone Winery (3352 F Road, Clifton).

For more information, visit http://www.davsejalapenosalt.com.


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