Barbecue is quintessential American summertime grub. Not only is barbecue sauce a common baste for grilled ribs and chicken but it’s now a ubiquitous condiment on burgers, sandwiches and pizza. But lately operators have started to up the ante with their barbecue sauce flavors. Traditionally made with ketchup, onion, mustard, garlic, brown sugar and vinegar, barbecue sauce variations today are going global, tapping into regional American roots and infusing trendy flavors to appeal to today’s consumers. Further, interest in barbecue dishes has increased over the past few years, according to Technomic’s Center of the Plate: Beef & Pork Consumer Trend Report, powered by Ignite.
Among the 32 barbecue sauce flavors that Technomic tracks, here are the eight seeing the greatest growth.