Comfort foods with bold BBQ flavors are surefire menu wins

It’s no secret that comfort food classics are big sellers for restaurants. Mac and cheese, pizza, burgers, wings and more are all staples that operators can rely on to boost their bottom lines. But for operators looking to up the ante, adding bold flavor with condiments such as barbecue sauce can be a game-changer. According to Technomic’s recent Flavor Consumer Trend Report, 39% of consumers say they are more likely to order a particular dish if it comes with a unique sauce, and when asked their favorite sauce for chicken fingers and wings, consumers ranked barbecue sauce their favorite for both. Kansas City style barbecue sauce is their top choice when picking a barbecue sauce, but the overall flavor combination of barbecue sauce—savory, smoky, spicy and sweet—is what sells diners on dishes.

For operators wanting to refresh the menu with barbecue-inspired offerings, Cattlemen’s BBQ sauces from McCormick For Chefs offer the perfect starting point—and finishing notes. Cattlemen’s signature sauces are made with thick tomato paste that increases coverage and cling, offering maximum slatherability. They don’t break under high temperatures, meaning operators can be confident that every dish made with the sauces not only tastes, but also looks, great. What’s more, they are extendible by 20%, which means lower food costs and added versatility in the back-of-house.

Need some menu inspiration? Try these delicious dishes:

  • Asian BBQ Chicken Pizza: Barbecue chicken pizza is a fan favorite, and this updated version, topped with mozzarella cheese, chicken, pineapple, red onion, peanuts and cilantro will have diners’ mouths watering. For the Asian BBQ sauce base, use Cattlemen’s® Kansas City Classic BBQ Sauce mixed with soy sauce, diced pineapple and minced ginger.
  • Spicy Tangy Carolina BBQ Wings: Perfect for game day, happy hour, the appetizer menu or as an entree, these wings are tossed in a combination of Cattlemen’s® Carolina Tangy™ Gold BBQ Sauce and Frank’s RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. They’re the perfect savory, smoky, spicy addition to the menu.
  • Original BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich: This comfort food classic gets elevated with melted gouda cheese and the crunch of French’s® Crispy Fried Onions. Pulled chicken is paired with Cattlemen’s® Original Base BBQ Sauce—a staple for back-of-house creativity—and piled high on a toasted bun.

To learn more about Cattlemen’s BBQ Sauces, click here.

This post is sponsored by McCormick For Chefs®


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