In a time where we feel so isolated from one another, the expectation is we may be about to get back to families gathering around summertime.
What is synonymous with summer? Cookouts of course and the trend of grilling have increased over the past few years. The Napoleon Group is offering some insight into barbecue trends that will begin to emerge or will take firm root and become more popular in 2020.
Long gone are the days when a backyard barbecue consisted of tossing some burgers and dogs onto a flimsy grate over a rickety bucket powered by lump charcoal and lighter fluid. Backyard cooking today is much more sophisticated, with grills that offer more options than simply cooking over an open flame and accessories that enable you to take your grill game to the next level.
Napoleon has reimagined its Prestige Pro series, functional storage cabinets, infrared burners, rotisserie capabilities, smoker tubes and cosmetic enhancements (think knobs that light up, proximity lighting) make your barbecue more than just a place to flip burgers.
No longer an old black box rusting away in the corner of your yard the barbecue is now the centerpiece of your backyard design. Not only do today’s high-quality grills get hot and stay hot, but they also look good.
First, let’s speak about the heating element that backyard grillers are showing an increasing tendency to want use. Charcoal, citing the flavors from cooking over charcoal as well as affordability of charcoal grills. Modern charcoal grills make it easier to not only get the barbecue to temperature but to also keep it there.
Even if you already own a gas grill, you can still enjoy the flavors that come with charcoal cooking by using a charcoal tray. Place it over top of your burners, fill with charcoal and let it heat up to get a new flavor experience.
Smoking has also increased in popularity for obvious reasons cooking big cuts of meat ( think brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, turkey) low and slow with a steady flow of smoke surrounding the meat results in a juicy, flavorful meal. The value of a smoker goes beyond meat. Side dishes like baked beans, mashed potatoes, soups, and even desserts are given a whole new flavor experience when smoked. This is why more and more grill enthusiasts are investing in smokers.
When the summer turns to fall and the days get cooler tailgate parties have become a staple at live sporting events. Bringing fans together over the grill with cold drinks in hand often includes outdoor TVs. However, the thrill of barbecue loses its luster once the snow begins to fall.
With the advent of more sophisticated backyard and landscape design, the tailgate party can be moved from the site of the sporting event to your yard. Backyard enthusiasts are investing in outdoor fireplaces or patio heaters to extend their use of their outdoor space.
So put on the game, fire up the grill, and cook up all your pre-game favorites at the comfort of your home. (the bonus is access to indoor plumbing!)