The Smoky BBQ Flavor Trend
Gathering friends and family for a barbecue (or BBQ for short) is a favorite American past time. Cooking meat over a grill, smoker, or even a pit is often considered a culinary event rather than simply meal preparation due to the more involved process and the delicious smoky BBQ flavor it creates.
Now, this traditional backyard favorite is growing and evolving, taking influence from Argentinian and Brazilian steakhouses as well as other restaurant trends. Another international influence bringing new flair to BBQ is Korean BBQ, which includes dishes like beef bulgogi. In traditional Korean restaurants, diners are given thin slices of marinated meats that they can BBQ themselves on grills built into the tables.
Also helping to propel the BBQ trend is the rise of regional BBQ flavors. Besides the well-known Memphis and Kansas City-style BBQ sauces, consumers can now choose from Tennessee (whiskey-infused), Hawaiian (teriyaki and pineapple-flavored), and Louisiana (Cajun-spiced) BBQ sauces. Carolina Gold BBQ sauce offers a mustard-based version, while Alabama White BBQ sauce relies on mayonnaise.