Barbecue, or BBQ if you prefer, is one of the most fundamental parts of American cuisine. It is so influential that an entire culture of backyard weekend grilling was practically built around it. More recently, regional variations of BBQ from all across America—particularly from the BBQ-heavy states of Texas, Alabama, Kansas City, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, among others—have been wowing diners everywhere, increasing demand for these grilled gastronomic treats. While it serves as great exposure to these dishes, which would have remained regional staples if not for the publicity, there have been concerns that the sudden popularity of barbecue has its downsides.
An article on the Wall Street Journal’s website dated February 5, 2015 details how the strong demand for a particular cut of meat, which was traditionally considered one of the least desirable portions of beef, saw a sharp increase in its prices. In accordance with this increase, restaurants also raised their prices. This price increase, according to barbecue enthusiasts, endangers the industry and could destroy the origins and charm of BBQ as an “[…] accessible, no-frills meal.”
There are easier and more affordable ways to enjoy barbecue in a restaurant; in fact, it would be much cheaper to simply purchase the meat raw and prepare it yourself rather than buy grilled or smoked meat from a restaurant. Barbecuing meat is not as complicated as it looks, and it only requires basic cooking knowledge and a lot of dedication. Of course, you will need the right equipment to start barbecuing, and a suitable grill is usually the first thing needed. Those who want to take home the barbecue experience for easy and affordable meals might want to purchase quality BBQ grills in Greenville, SC from companies such as Buchanan Fire and Outdoor.
While barbecuing is as simple as putting meat over an open fire until it is cooked, there are various accessories and equipment that enthusiasts can use to further improve their home-cooked BBQ. Efficient BBQ smokers in Greenville, SC, for instance, not only cook meat but also impart a rich smoky flavor that is a trademark of most traditional BBQ recipes. Grill shoppers or hobbyists should also take into consideration how much food they intend to prepare every time they cook, the warranty of a product, the quality of the materials used to make the product, and other factors related to safety and quality, before actually settling on a particular barbecue accessory or equipment.
(Source: Brisket Was Cheap and Delicious; Now It’s Expensive and You Have to Wait in Line, WSJ.com, February 5, 2015)Posted by: