Chef Michael Symon Says He’s Inventing a New Style of Barbecue

June 24, 2015

Is Cleveland-style barbecue destined to be the next big thing?

Chef, restaurateur, TV personality, and cookbook author Michael Symon hopes to add a new feather to his chef’s hat: Inventor of a brand-new regional barbecue style. Symon is currently working on a new restaurant in his hometown of Cleveland called Mabel’s BBQ, and there — the chef tells Playboy — he hopes to make Cleveland-style barbecue famous.

According to Symon, Cleveland-style barbecue will pay homage to the city’s Eastern European population with kielbasa and sauerkraut. As for the meat, it will be smoked over applewood “because of the large amount of apple orchards…