The Commoner brisket sandwich

The Hot Metal Brisket sandwich with bourbon barbecue sauce at The Commoner in Pittsburgh

Fruit, alcohol add distinctive flavors to barbecue

Chefs tweak traditional preparations with nostalgic nuances

Barbecue has long been all about where it’s from — be it Texas, Kansas City or South Carolina. But as the popularity of this cooking technique continues to spread like smoke wafting from burning wood, chefs continue to explore new ways to differentiate, or elevate, their dishes from regional favorites.

In recent years, some chefs have been trying to make their barbecue mark with offbeat, fruit-based sauces, or with bourbon, beer or spirit-infused sauces.

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