2015 BBQ Trends And Market Analysis

March 2, 2015 by STL | Comments Off on 2015 BBQ Trends And Market Analysis | Filed in bbq


We have always been a nation with a passion for barbecuing. It has now become a lifestyle with families using their grills not just on the week-ends but even on ordinary week-days. And in the coming years we will no doubt see year see barbecue culture become an even more integral part of our homes with our kitchens and dining areas extending to our backyards. Food will more frequently be served from grill to table with massive grilling plates now doing double duty as serving platters.

The year will see increasing sales in gear and apparatus associated with the barbecue. More and more people will be buying unique, cutting-edge barbecue equipment, smokers and wood-burning grills, as well as the accessories required for convenient barbecuing. You will also see a lot of food, if not being barbecued, served to taste like it. The smoke flavor will be experienced not only in food like ribs and briskets but also in food like cocktails, salads, and desserts.

You will see more wood this year – and of a wide variety. Wedges of olive wood and planks of wine barrels will be used to enhance grilling sessions. More hickory and mesquite will used to grill chops and steaks, oak to barbecue seafood and chicken, and mild-flavored pear or apple wood to grill fruits and vegetables. Single varietal wood like maple or cherry, as well as wood blends like mesquite and oak will continue to be popular.

Another interesting movement is towards barbecuing food that  are organic. People are now taking notice of not just how their dish is smoked but from where and how it comes to the table. People are now looking for farm to table freshness in their barbecue dinners and lunches. They want beef that is grass-fed, free-range chicken, pork untouched by antibiotics and growth hormones, fresh wild caught salmon and shrimp that are free from environment toxins, and fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Organic has become a buzz word even for barbecue.

In the recent past, nobody thought much about the side dishes which came with the barbecue. Nobody had second thoughts about eating store-bought bread with the barbecue or having three-bean salads which came straight from a can. These days, however, in concurrence with the demand for healthy and wholesome barbecues, people are looking for side dishes which are just as natural, nourishing, and top quality. Restaurants now offer their own freshly-baked breads. Salads are likewise prepared with much solicitous care and style, using only the freshest first-class vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients.

Even expensive and upscale restaurants are now using wood-burning grills. Restaurant regulars are now looking for their food to be barbecued, instead of being baked or sautéed as usual. Cod and pork chops cooked to perfection in grills also come accompanied by likewise-grilled lemons. Many restaurants recognized for their French, Italian, or Spanish cuisine are adding more barbecued dishes to their menus. There are even restaurants building their kitchens, as well as their menus, around swank and high-priced wood-burning grills.

Embrace Your Desires – In BBQ, Dating And Life

May 15, 2015 by STL | Comments Off on Embrace Your Desires – In BBQ, Dating And Life | Filed in life

We all have desires. Whether it’s for a juicy flame broiled T-bone steak, a rack of falling off the bone ribs, or a beautiful woman, it is only natural to experience these feelings of almost uncontrollable lust. What matters is how we respond to these desires. Do we try to ignore them? Do we suppress them? Or do we let them guide us?

I feel that the healthiest way to deal with these primal desires is to recognize them for what they are, and then to embrace them as a natural part of the human condition. No, you can’t eat every last piece of brisket, and you can’t seduce every beautiful woman who crosses your path, but you can acknowledge your feelings of desire and feel good that you are having these feelings because that means that you are ALIVE!

When it comes to dating, if you go out on a date and you find the woman you are with to be immensely attractive physically, it is not surprising to find yourself hoping that the date will end with the both of you together in bed. Though there is nothing wrong with this at all, as it is a natural healthy desire. That said, it is better for you – and your prospects – not to assume that this is what the girl that you are dating has in mind too. Do not be too sexually aggressive. This may just reduce your chances of getting laid – either after this date or after subsequent dates with her. If you turn her off by showing that getting her in bed with you is all that fills your mind, you may not even get the chance to see her again after this night.

Repeatedly expressing how much you find her sexy and attractive, without even physically touching her, can count as effective foreplay with most women. Try to tease her mind, and you just might put her in the mood for some physical expression of this attraction. Start slow. Touch her a bit timidly and hesitantly at first. If she seems open to your touch, make tentative caresses. Demonstrate to her that although you are immensely excited by her, you are willing to rein in your excitement. Small teasing strokes will subtly stoke the fire and increase your chances of getting more intimate as the night progresses.

When it comes to food, obviously you don’t need to consider your food’s feeling. Instead, consider how eating too much food will make you feel in the long run. Again, it is important to pace yourself. Just because you desire something doesn’t mean that the object of your desire is really in you best interest.

Biggie Smalls Sky’s The Limit Video

February 27, 2015 by STL | Comments Off on Biggie Smalls Sky’s The Limit Video | Filed in Video

Here’s a video of Biggie Smalls’ Sky’s The Limit song from back in 1997. This man is missed! Love the message in this one…