Savory Spice Shop is prowling for the country's best Texas barbecue rub

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The Savory Spice Shop is a wonderland of scents, of curry powders and chiles, lavender-fragranced sugars and Thai rubs, but according to the spice parlor's owners, the shelves are devoid of a kick-ass Texas barbecue rub, so they're unleashing a little contest, asking self-described Texas barbecue buffs to come up with "that perfect Texas seasoning to add to our barbecue line."

Here's what you need to do to enter:

Create an original Texas-style barbecue rub and submit it for judging no later than June 17 by downloading the entry form and shipping it off to the Austin, Texas outpost: 1201B West Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78703.

If you win, there are some pretty cool prizes, including the grand prize: a Big Green Egg grill and placement of your championship rub in all Savory Spice stores nationwide -- including the five stores in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.

Second prize is a $100 Savory Spice gift certificate, and third prize is a $75 Savory Spice gift certificate.

By the way, if you've got a bunch of old spice bottles taking up space in your kitchen, you can cash them in at any of Colorado Savory Spice location until May 31. Bring in any competitor's bottle (Penzey's!), and you'll get $1 off a four-ounce jar of freshly ground spices, herbs or blends. The empty bottles will be recycled at the end of the month.

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