2020 BBQ Trends

2020 has turned into quit an interesting year and it’s only April. One of the trends for this year, is staying home to cook. Now technically, we have been a little forced into this trend … Thanks Covid-19! For reasons that are good or bad, we have pulled out our smokers and grills. If you are one of those people, then you will want to keep reading. We present the 2020 trends in BBQ!

  • Meatless Meat: Obviously this is one one for us, but major chains introduced this last year. Look to see more options on menus and various options in the grocery store.
  • Wagyu Beef: Wagyu beef has gone mainstream. What used to only be found in “high end” restaurants, can now be found all across the country. People are cooking and smoking Wagyu in their own homes, putting their personal touch on this once elusive beef.
  • Pellet Grills: Pellet grills proliferate. Personal smokers and electric smokers have been around for years. Pellet smokers have just exploded this last year and the technology for pellet grills has expanded too. Controlling these grills from your phone is just the beginning.
  • The Return of Charcoal: Charcoal was not the popular kid on the block for quite awhile but everything comes back into style eventually. Charcoal is back to being hip. The high heat that charcoal is famous for is also becoming popular for pizza ovens.
  • Komodos: Japanese grills called Kamados are becoming mainstream. These ceramic grills have much thicker walls and retain heat more effectively. Once pre-heated, Kamado grills are very stable and can cook at high or low temperatures.
  • Bring On The Sides: Sides are shining again. Move over mac-n-cheese or potato salad, we are grilling and smoking fruit and vegetables. Fresh flavors and vibrant colors are where it is at. New and different meats are also trending. We are opening our pallets to duck, goose and beef tongue. We personally think some smoked duck would be amazing!
  • Going Cultural: Cultural twists are popular as well. Influences are coming from Mexican barbacoa and brisket tacos to Asian spiced ribs. Interesting enough, as different cultures are influencing our barbeques, American BBQ goes global. It is not strange to see American BBQ restaurants in Europe or Asia. Yum!

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