Barbecue trends in Australia not just a gourmet shrimp on the barbie

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 2nd September 2015

BarbequeA new survey has revealed that Australians are going gourmet when it comes to BBQ foods.


The study conducted by BeefEater Barbecues and Kid Magazine found that more than 50 per cent of barbequing Dad’s said experiments with adventurous gourmet style meals are on the menu.


“Every spring we conduct a consumer survey to keep up-to-date with barbecue cooking trends and we have seen an ongoing increase in the number of people who are experimenting with creative BBQ food, including delicious sauces. rubs, innovative menus and delicious accompaniments,” said Marketing Manager for BeefEater Barbecues, Michelle Rossier.


“There is an increasing trend for creative salads and sides, influenced by the popularity of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.”  


Despite the trend towards gourmet steak remains as 42 per cent of people’s favourite BBQ food, followed by lamb, chicken, seafood and pizza.


Barbecuing unsurprisingly continues to be a favorite way to cook in summer with 37 per cent of Australian families using the BBQ once or twice a week.


Taste was the main reason 37 per cent of respondents turn to the BBQ during summer, 27 cent per cent said it was a fun activity to do with friends and family and 25 per cent simply believe it is ‘part of the Aussie way of life’.  


Many men still continue to cook the BBQ (45 per cent) and 15 per cent of women say it is a shared job with their partner.


Most people own a gas BBQ (70 per cent) and just 5 per cent own a solid fuel BBQ. Solid fuel BBQ ‘s are however being increasingly purchased as a second option due to the smokey taste which can be created. These types of BBQ’s are popular in European and South American countries.


The survey involved over 1, 200 Australian families.