Grilling Forecast Predicts Fruits, Booze and Ethnic Foods to Sizzle this Season

Grilling Forecast Predicts Fruits, Booze and Ethnic Foods to Sizzle this Season

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Grilling Forecast Predicts Fruits, Booze and Ethnic Foods to Sizzle this Season


By Cari Martens

What are you grilling this spring and summer? Are you grilling more fruits? Using liquor-spiked marinades? Experimenting with Caribbean or Indian flavors? Pairing mango with red chili sauce? The flavor experts at McCormick predict that you’ll be trying at least some of these things out on your deck or patio this season.

These taste prognosticators have just lifted the lid on the first-ever Grilling Edition of their signature Flavor Forecast, identifying top sizzling pairings and summer flavor trends.

Shrimp & Plum Salad Skewer

‘This season, expect to see backyard grillers experimenting with flavor layering – high-impact
combinations of rubs, marinades, glazes and more – to boost flavor before, during and after
grilling,’ said Kevan Vetter, Executive Chef at McCormick. ‘Another exciting trend is taking cues
from traditional cocktail flavors and ingredients – rediscovering them as inspiration on the grill.’

Scroll down for “flavor pairings” recipe links

Predicting the Top Grilling Trends

Here are the top five trends turning up the heat on flavor this year, according to the McCormick
Flavor Forecast 2010: Grilling Edition.

  • Backyard Bistro – The surging popularity of at-home entertaining continues as grillers

recreate the foods and flavors from their favorite eateries.

  • Layer It On! – Grill masters are embracing creativity by merging marinades, rubs, brines,

mops, sauces and more.

  • Fired Up Fruit – Grilled fruits are being skewered alongside meats, pureed to make

tenderizing marinades, and chopped for salsas and relishes.

  • Ethnic Sizzle – Nearly every cuisine around the globe claims a place on the grill – especially

current favorites like Caribbean, Latin, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian.

  • Shaken, Stirred & Grilled – Using flavorful spirits in place of vinegars or other liquids is

paving the way for new combinations like mojito marinades and bourbon-spiked pork

These delicious driving forces will showcase flavors that combine everything from sweet and spicy
to warm and smoky, according to Vetter. His team of experts have identified seven pairings.

Delicious Duos

  • Applewood & Plum – Juicy plums accent the smokiness of applewood and add adventurous

flair to all-American barbecue.

  • Cilantro & Lime – Cutting across the diverse cuisines, this bright and zingy pair is a

refreshing taste of summertime.

  • Rosemary & Fig – Figs are an unexpected and regionally inspired match for aromatic


  • Chipotle & Maple – This culinary co-mingling delivers an updated take on smoky, spicy and


  • Brown Sugar & Bourbon – A versatile duo that brings a delicious dose of Southern charm to

the patio.

  • Cinnamon & Coffee – Bold and confident – with just the right edge of bitterness.
  • Red Chili Sauce & Mango –The unmistakable flavor of mango takes hot or sweet red chili

sauce far beyond mere ‘condiment status.’

Here are four grilling recipes featuring some of those flavor pairings.

Applewood Grilled Shrimp with Cinnamon-Honey Dressing

Tuscan Grilled Lamb Chops with Warm White Beans

Cinnamon Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches with Grilled Strawberries

Brown Sugar Bourbon Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peaches and Cornbread

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