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"The trend towards outdoor cooking continues unabated"

9 Jun 2023

What impressed you at spoga+gafa 2022?

What impressed me at Spoga+gafa last year was the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees and vendors especially after a long separation due to COVID as there is nothing like the feeling of getting together to get the grill ready, fire up the coals, and cook some amazing barbecue.

What are you bringing this year?

I will be showcasing some American barbecue classics such as Texas brisket, California tri tip, and Kansas City ribs.

What do you think are the trends for the coming years?

Outdoor cooking is exploding with new equipment choices and manufacturers. Some trends I've observed are outdoor pizza grills, outdoor griddles (plancha), pellet smokers that grill, and international and fusion BBQ (Satay, Brai, Yakitori, Inihaw,).

Sustainability - what do you think here in relation to the barbecue?

When it comes to sustainability, the type of fuel you use can have a big impact on your carbon footprint. If you're using charcoal, for example, it's important to choose a brand that uses sustainably sourced wood and doesn't contribute to deforestation. Alternatively, you might consider using a gas or electric grill, which can be more energy-efficient and produce fewer emissions.

Manufacturers of barbecue smokers, grills, and equipment have been focusing on sustainable manufacturing practices and their environmental impact. I see more use of recycled materials and sustainably sourced wood in their products, reducing waste and minimizing the use of non-renewable resources. Some are using eco-friendly materials like bamboo or cast iron, which have a lower environmental impact than traditional materials. To reduce energy use and emissions, some are exploring energy-efficient machinery, using renewable energy sources, or implementing waste reduction and recycling programs.

What is the most important thing? Good ingredients or?

As a BBQ enthusiast, I'll share the secret to amazing barbecue isn't just in the equipment and ingredients – it's in the pitmaster. That's right – the skill and expertise of the cook are the most important factors in creating truly delicious, mouth-watering BBQ. I often say "It's always the Pitmaster and never the Pit". Think about it – you can have the fanciest equipment and the best quality ingredients, but if you don't know how to properly smoke and cook them, the end result will be disappointing. On the other hand, a skilled pitmaster can take even the most basic ingredients and turn them into a mouth-watering masterpiece. So if you want to take your BBQ to the next level, it's time to focus on the pitmaster. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, investing in your skills and knowledge will pay off in delicious dividends. With the right techniques and a deep understanding of the art of BBQ, you can create meals that are truly unforgettable.