Mix of grill styles lights adult Central Florida food scene

March 19, 2016 - bbq set

Barbecue is carrying a impulse in Central Florida.

Local favorite 4 Rivers Smokehouse is set to open a 13th grill in Kissimmee, food trucks rope smoked meats from city to city and new grill joints are environment their sights on a Orlando area.

And grill competitions are charity bigger purses and a record series of teams, both on a veteran and backyard cooker level.

With a assistance of existence television, a workman cooking transformation and a quick infrequent dining trend, a grill attention is smoking in Central Florida and nationwide.

Art of a smoke: Sonny's BBQ conduct pitmaster shares his secrets

Art of a smoke: Sonny’s BBQ conduct pitmaster shares his secrets

Bryan Mroczka was hired in Aug to be a conduct pitmaster for a Sonny’s BBQ grill chain, that is formed in Winter Park. He helps sight staff during a company’s 122 restaurants, devise menus and representive Sonny’s in competition. Staff Writer Kyle Arnold recently spoke with him.

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Bryan Mroczka was hired in Aug to be a conduct pitmaster for a Sonny’s BBQ grill chain, that is formed in Winter Park. He helps sight staff during a company’s 122 restaurants, devise menus and representive Sonny’s in competition. Staff Writer Kyle Arnold recently spoke with him.

CFB: How do…

(Kyle Arnold)

Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que is still portion smoked pork, ribs and duck from a same plcae it started during in 1986. It now has 5 locations.

Owner Sam Meiner pronounced a grill grill attention goes by cycles, and it’s now on an upswing.

“I’m not certain what it is, though there are a lot of new restaurants creation plans,” Meiner said.

Barbecue restaurants are a ideal brew of fine-crafted food during a good price, pronounced Aaron Allen, a internal grill consultant. Fast-casual trends valid that business are peaceful to compensate $8 to $10 for a peculiarity burger or burrito, and grill offers a identical value in a plate that’s tough to replicate during home, he said.

Barbecue concepts “offer a best of both worlds – a liberality of a full-service, family-style grill place and a no-frills use of a grill shack,” he said.

Florida flavor

Some Central Florida restaurants explain they have a Florida-style barbecue. But that character is tough to define.

Ormond Beach-based Dustin’s Bar-B-Q is formulation to put a initial plcae in a Orlando area, nearby a Fairways Country Club on Highway 50.

“It’s Florida grill style,” pronounced co-owner Toni Withey. “It’s sliced smoked meats and we baste them in a soppy sauce.”

Dustin’s itself is a cousin to Sonny’s BBQ, a Winter Park-based infrequent dining sequence with 122 locations nationwide. Dustin’s has 5 locations in Volusia and Brevard County and a family that runs it are a grandchildren of Sonny’s owners Sonny Tillman.

Professional competitors and restaurants owners contend Florida’s grill reaches out to a nation’s smoking hotspots in Texas, Tennessee and a Carolinas, bringing a brew of flavors that matches a melting pot of people in a state.

“Florida has a lot of transplants from a north and a south, and they are bringing their tweaks and recipes and blending it with other informal flavors,” pronounced Jim Elser, a full-time grill aspirant and a clamp boss of a Florida BBQ Association.

Growth of backyard barbecuing is aided by existence shows on Food Network, Elser said. And usually as home brewing fueled a qualification drink movement, home barbecuing is giving people a larger appreciation for peculiarity meats, he said.

“Florida is building a possess singular flavor,” Elser said.

The sauce

Florida barbecue, Elser said, is about a sauce. Many locals use a tomato-based sauce, with both honeyed and delicious flavors. Fruits are mostly a partial of that mix.

That’s opposite than a dry rubs in many tools of a nation or vinegar and mustard salsas along a southern Atlantic coast.

Many grill entrepreneurs credit 4 Rivers Smokehouse owners John Rivers with bringing to Central Florida a Texas character brisket, a cut of beef now sole during scarcely ever grill corner in a state.

Rivers picked adult a ambience for brisket vital in Dallas after he graduated from college.

“When we initial opened, people would indicate during it and ask us to give them that soothing pork,” Rivers said.

Rivers had small thought what “fast casual” restaurants were when he was quit his pursuit in health-care administration to start a grill restaurant.

“My reduction was a building,” Rivers said. “Fortunately we do fit into what is a fastest flourishing shred in a industry.”

Ordering from a opposite and carrying food brought to a patron has been a tack during grill restaurants for years, Rivers said. It’s usually recently that it has turn a prohibited trend.


Festivals trucks

The series of internal competitions is growing, Elser said. There are marquee events early in Apopka, Oviedo and Sanford. The purses during those competitions are as most as $25,000.

Apopka’s Old Florida Festival in Feb drew 113 teams, including general champions.

Along with restaurants, there are during slightest 8 grill food trucks in Orlando, creation a accumulation of styles from Korean to southern.

Couple Brandon and Lora Gantt brought their grill styles from Alabama and South Carolina and started a Caro-Bama food lorry in 2010. They both now work a food lorry full time, doing 5 to 8 events a week.

“My mother had a recipe for her salsa and we prepare a approach we schooled to flourishing adult in Alabama,” Brandon Gantt said. “But when we move it here, it seems to make clarity and people like it.”

karnold@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5664

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