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Latest cruise trend: BBQ at sea

Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest to launch a barbecue smokehouse on the high seas.

One of the hottest culinary trends on the high seas right now is barbecue, Travel Weekly reports, popping up on a number of cruise brands.

Carnival Cruise Line appears to have been first, offering slow smoking since 2016 when Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse was added to the promenade deck of Carnival Magic. Guy’s Burger Joints run by TV chef Guy Fieri are already popular on Carnival ships.

Then Princess Cruises added Planks BBQ to Caribbean Princess, where cruisers can create a ‘plank’ of smoked meats.

Now Norwegian Cruise Line is launching Q, which it describes as a Texas smokehouse with a contemporary vibe, to become a feature on the upcoming Norwegian Bliss.

And by the end of this year, the new Celebrity Edge will serve barbecues at its Rooftop Garden Grill.

Most of the BBQ menus come with an additional cover charge, while others will be charging a la carte. Carnival, for example, will serve a barbecue dinner for up to 138 passengers at a time, with prices ranging from $4 for appetizers to $18 for smoked prime rib.

Safety issues
It has not been plain sailing to the smokehouse until now, partly because of safety and health issues brought on by the cooking process, but also because of precise quality standards surrounding what an authentic barbecue should actually be.

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