It’s time to pause for a beat before dressing your backyard sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers with the same ol’ mainstay condiments. This summer, the newest squeezable, spreadable products push the boundaries of form and flavor, introducing new ingredients and inspired takes on global cuisines.
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1. BBQ Goes Global
Did you know your grill is secretly a teleportation machine? First stop: Japan. Next up: Tel Aviv. Transport your taste buds with a hot new lineup of internationally inspired barbecue sauces, spices and marinades. These products harness inspiration from worldwide cuisines, level up any cut of meat and turn your backyard into a high-octane flavor terminal.
Try the Trend: Bachan's Original Japanese Barbecue Sauce, Gluten-Free Japanese Barbecue Sauce, Hot and Spicy Japanese Barbecue Sauce; 365 by Whole Foods Market Shawarma Marinade; Whole Foods Market Organic Berbere Seasoning; WE LOVE YOU Original Korean Bulgogi BBQ Sauce & Marinade, Medium Spicy Korean Bulgogi BBQ Sauce & Marinade, Sweet & Spicy Korean Gochujang Chili Sauce; Omsom Japanese Yuzu Miso Glaze, Korean Spicy Bulgogi, Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ (coming summer 2022)
2. Hot Chili Summer
There’s a whole squad of zesty chili varieties bursting onto the condiment scene. They’re fiery enough to claim the title of summer’s hottest, and they definitely deserve a place in your pantry. From ancho to árbol and puya to cayenne, these chilis are spicing up sauces, pastes, oils and even honey. Crank up the heat and add some zest to grilled meats, salads, fruits and even ice creams.
Try the Trend: Momofuku Chili Crunch; Bitchin' Sauce Cilantro Chili; Tajín Clásico Seasoning; Sir Kensington’s Chili Lime Crema Everything Sauce; Omsom Thai Krapow (coming summer 2022)
3. Ketchup and Mustard, Mastered
The most iconic red-and-yellow duo in the condiment game has come a long way from squeeze packets in cafeterias and drive-throughs. New ketchups and mustards push boundaries with fruit-and-veggie add-ins and cuisine-specific flavor profiles like curry and saffron. They’re the easiest way to elevate backyard burgers and dogs to prep them for the culinary red carpet.
Try the Trend: Maille x Mike's Hot Honey Special Edition Hot Honey Dijon Mustard; Brooklyn Delhi Curry Ketchup, Curry Mustard; Acid League California Ketchup with Saffron and Living ACV, Hot Deli Mustard with ACV; True Made Foods Veggie Ketchup, Bavarian-Style Mustard
4. Fermented and Flourishing
These days, fermented foods are an unstoppable force charging through aisle after aisle with a full head of steam. Condiments are no exception. We’re seeing tangy fermented ingredients adding flair to vinaigrettes, hot sauces, honeys and mayos. With flavor boosts like miso, kimchi and fermented garlic, these products exponentially expand the flavor possibilities of every summer soirée.
Try the Trend: Lucky Foods Seoul Kimchi Mayo; Cleveland Kitchen Miso Jalapeño Fermented Dressing & Marinade, Garlic Italian Fermented Dressing & Marinade, Veggie Caesar Fermented Dressing & Marinade; California Olive Ranch Carrot Miso Vinaigrette; Firefly Kitchens Firefly Kimchi Hot Sauce, Firefly Cortido Salt, Firefly Kimchi Salt; Ninja Squirrel Coconut Sriracha Hot Sauce
5. Revved-Up Ranch
Ranch is one of those condiments that inspires cult-like devotion. So, ranch heads, rejoice: Your favorite dressing and dipping sauce has evolved, taking on bold new flavors and expanding with more plant-based options for all. Crank up your summer crudités board, let your carrots take a dip and bust out the garlic knots, because these refreshing ranches are ready to rev up every meal and snack, with vegan and special-diet picks included — even ones made with oatmilk.
Try the Trend: Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch, Ranch Dip; Tessemae’s Organic Habanero Ranch, Organic Pantry Buffalo Ranch; Mill It Plant Based Classic Ranch Dressing; 365 by Whole Foods Market Vegan Ranch, Spicy Ranch; Acid League Oatmilk Ranch Prebiotic Vinaigrette