Trying to pinpoint a given tendency within the world of grilling isn’t an easy task. Pitmasters, smokers, and grillers around the country, and the world, take pride at their unique experiments and inventive recipes. However, there are common practices that tend to become popular from time to time. This new year is not an exception, and there are several barbecue trends for 2019 that every griller and pitmaster should try out, at least once.
One of the biggest trends we will see this year include using wood instead of charcoal for home grilling. Also, there is a huge interest in green and vegetarian alternatives for all the classic barbecue foods. Beefless burgers, veggie-based grill recipes, and mushroom taking the spotlight are some of the biggest barbecue trends for 2019.
Using wood instead of charcoal when grilling at home wasn’t that simple and affordable for everybody. Some restaurants were the only ones with access to such grilling alternatives. However, there are new models of wood burning grills designed for home cooking that will definitely change this. 2019 will be the year of the unique and irreplaceable flavor of wood smoked steaks, burgers, seafood, and veggies.
In recent years, we have seen a growing interest in the plant food movement. Every time, more and more plant-based alternatives for meat hit the market with great success. If you think that plant food can’t possibly match the flavor and nutritional value of the real thing, think again. The Impossible Burger is one example, which uses genetically modified yeast, wheat, coconut oil, and potato protein. It looks, feels, tastes, chews, and bleeds like a real grilled ground beef. Its success rate? Well, more than 1,300 restaurants across the nation are selling it, and their customers love it.
One of the biggest barbecue trends for 2019 include focusing on greener and healthier recipes for our grills. What started as an alternative at vegetarian and vegan restaurants has now spread to other places, too. Many vegan dishes and recipes became so popular, that they have become an essential part of every barbecue menu across the country. Smoked beet salads, shawarmas, wood-roasted carrots, and even vegan Philly cheesesteaks are a must-try this year.
Using a wide variety of mushrooms is another of the biggest, most tasty barbecue trends for 2019. Nowadays, it is easier to find different types of mushrooms that used to be quite exotic and hard to find at our local supermarket. Black trumpets, cepes, chanterelles, and shiitakes will become common in our shopping lists. Whether you want to prepare them seasoned, as sliders, or in skewers, the fungi flavors are as rich as they are versatile.