Big Papou's® Mediterranean Rub was created over 75 years ago in an Astoria, New York kitchen by George 'Big Papou' Balsamides.

George was a Greek immigrant from Asia Minor who came to the United States in the early 1900's. He worked numerous jobs in the food industry, eventually becoming a gourmet chef for some of New York City's finest doctors. Experimenting with various herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of the meals he was preparing, George developed the recipe that is now Big Papou's® Mediterranean Rub. His recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and is the first item to be sold by Balsam Products, our small family-owned company.

Not only is Big Papou's® a staple in our household, but it's also a family tradition. No meal or gathering is complete without Big Papou's®,, and we hope to create that same tradition for your family as well. That's why each and every jar of Big Papou's® is hand-packed with lots of love and care - and, of course, flavor! 

Here's why we think you'll love Big Papou's®:

  • It makes cooking easy and effortless. That's why we call it a gourmet chef in a jar® - you won't have to worry about what to cook for dinner anymore. With Big Papou's® you're sure to create a delicious meal packed with tons of flavor.
  • It's a homogenous rub. There's no need to worry about ingredients settling to the bottom because we take great care to ensure that each serving tastes just as good as the next - right down to the very last scoop!
  • A little bit goes a LONG way. It only takes a small amount to create BIG flavor.

Ready to experience Big Papou's for yourself? Head on over to our online store to pick up a jar today!