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Mr. Bar-B-Q 2013 Grill Tools & Accessories Reflect Food Trends and Consumer Demand
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MR. BAR-B-Q® 2013 GRILL TOOLS & ACCESSORIES REFLECT FOOD TRENDS AND CONSUMER DEMAND
New Line Inspires Culinary Experimentation at Home
OLD BETHPAGE, NY (March 1, 2013) – Mr. Bar-B-Q®, www.MrBarBQ.com, a Blue Rhino brand and the world’s expert in designing innovative, premier barbecue accessories and outdoor lifestyle tools, has launched its 2013 collection in response to the nationwide consumer demand for multi-functional products that provide a unique grilling experience at home.
“Given that 86 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker, and 62 percent of grill owners use them year-round,* Mr. Bar-B-Q develops affordable tools that allow grill enthusiasts to get creative and become their own personal chefs,” said Mr. Bar-B-Q President Marc Zemel. “For 41 years, we have followed my father’s original mission to offer products that make barbecuing fun, easy and appealing to men and women, whether they’re novice, intermediate or expert grillers.”
Mr. Bar-B-Q’s 2013 collection joins more than 400 SKUs of ‘Everything For the Grill™'—from deluxe tool sets and brushes to grilling accessories. “We search the globe for inspiration year-round, concentrating on popular food trends,” Zemel says. “This allows us to develop tools that complement the latest cooking techniques and translate into an enhanced grilling experience.”
America’s love affair with burgers
The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) reports that burgers are the most popular food for cooking on the grill. Mr. Bar-B-Q has developed three new accessories for burger lovers: the Stuffed Burger Press, which forms and stuffs burgers with one’s favorite ingredients; the patriotic USA Burger Press, which creates perfectly formed patties in the shape of the United States; and Burgers on the Go, which makes and stacks burgers in a container for easy transportation to a tailgate party or a friend’s home.
For those who like bacon on their burgers or in their salads, there’s the new Non-Stick Bacon Griller. Its angled surface drains grease for crispier, healthier bacon, and a grease tray helps prevent flare-ups. The Deluxe Non-Stick Cheese Pan melts cheese for pouring over a grilled burger, hot dog or nachos.
With more and more restaurants grilling with wood, Mr. Bar-B-Q has also introduced Smoking Wood Chips in Alder, Apple, Cherry, Hickory, Mesquite and Pecan to give home grillers the same flavor experience. When soaked in water, then placed in a Mr. Bar-B-Q Stainless Steel Smoker Box, wood chips imbue foods with a smoky, yet subtle taste. Roasting fish on a Mr. Bar-B-Q’s Cedar Plank keeps fish and meat moist, while flavoring it with the wood’s essential oils.
At the same time, meatless grilling has become a big trend, and so Mr. Bar-B-Q has introduced the Oversized Non-Stick Deep Grilling Topper which allows cooks to brown vegetables evenly without dumping them into the grill.
Popular grill tools
According to the HPBA, long-handled tongs, forks and spatulas, as well as grill cleaning brushes, are the most popular barbecue utensils. Mr. Bar-B-Q’s new offerings include a Spong with Bakelite Handles, which doubles as a spatula and tongs, and the Stainless Steel Oversized Spatula. Also known as “the Big Kahuna,” the latter features an angled extra-wide turner head and beveled front that make it easy to flip multiple burgers and large pieces of meat or fish at a time. The handle is made of a black thermoplastic rubber that gives the spatula a better grip and keeps it cool.
Just for fun, Mr. Bar-B-Q has also introduced the:
- Hanging Shish Kabob Rack Set, which has great visual appeal, takes up less room on the grill, and helps slide pieces of various shish kabobs onto plates with ease
- Stainless Steel Jalapeño Griller with Corer, and Appetizer Skewers to spice up the time before the grilling begins
- S’mores Grilling Basket, a new take on an old favorite, creating four s’mores at a time
- Nostalgic Squeeze Dispensers for ketchup, mustard and mayo, reminiscent of childhood picnics and 60s diners
New BBQ Recipes, Rubs
Mr. Bar-B-Q has formed an alliance with Michael Steifman, owner and executive chef at Brooklyn-based Michael Stuart New York. Steifman is a well-established chef at the forefront of food trends and will be developing recipes using Mr. Bar-B-Q tools for packaging, the website and eventually, a branded cookbook. He will also create an exclusive assortment of BBQ rubs for fall 2013.
“Michael is the perfect partner to help us create surprising and delicious recipes with our products as the inspiration, ultimately helping consumers and foodies think creatively about grilling,” said Wendy Sender, director of sales & marketing for Mr. Bar-B-Q.
The full product line can be found at www.MrBarBQ.com.
About Mr. Bar-B-Q/Blue Rhino
Mr. Bar-B-Q®, the world’s leader in designing innovative, premier barbecue accessories at an excellent value, joined the Blue Rhino family of brands in March 2013. Blue Rhino—named for the color of a propane flame and the endangered animal—launched America’s first branded propane tank exchange service in 1994. Today, Blue Rhino is more than propane, with a full line of products at the heart of outdoor living. This includes grills, heaters, fire pits, fireplace accessories, mosquito traps, charcoal and barbecue accessories sold under brands such as Mr. Bar-B-Q®, Endless Summer®, UniFlame®, and SkeeterVac®. Blue Rhino’s leading propane exchange brand is available at more than 45,000 retail stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico and is based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Blue Rhino is a division of Ferrellgas, L.P. For more information, visit www.BlueRhino.com or www.MrBarBQ.com.
*2011 survey conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association