Despite everything going on in the world, summer still means BBQ time! Since our family is staying close to home these days, we’ve been BBQing quite a bit. As my husband and I always say, “It’s always great to have a BBQ.”
Seems like many people also think it’s great to have a BBQ. According to a recent study from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker.
Do you like to BBQ? If so, tell us how often you do so and what are some of your favorite things to grill. Just use the comments section toward the bottom of the page.
When We Grill
As expected, the most popular grilling days are:
- The Fourth of July (68% of American grill owners planned to cook out that day)
- Memorial Day (56%)
- Labor Day (56%)
- Father’s Day (42%)
- Mother’s Day (29%)
But many grill on other significant days:
- 23% grill on Super Bowl Sunday
- 13% on Thanksgiving
- 9% on New Year’s Day
How We Grill
According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, gas remains the most popular fuel, with 61% of grill owners using propane, followed by charcoal (49%). Meanwhile, 10% of owners have an electric grill, 9% have natural gas grill, and 3% have a wood pellet grill.
Another interesting fact from the study was that 83% of gas grills were purchased in-store, while only 15% were purchased online.
The study also asked why do people like to BBQ. The responses: 68% of owners do it for the flavor, followed by lifestyle (45%), convenience (33%), entertainment (32%) and hobby (19%).
Other interesting grilling facts, from cnn.com:
5.5% – Percentage who grill more than once a week.
44% – Percentage of grilling households where the “grillmaster” is male, versus 22% for women. However, women (62%) like to experiment more with their grill sessions than the men-folk (50%).
What We Grill
63% – Percentage of grillers who cook hamburgers most often. It’s the most popular food on a list that also includes chicken, hot dogs and steak.
Main styles of barbecue: Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and Carolina-style. The differences are mainly in the sauces.
Having A BBQ? Scan Your Purchases
Remember to record all of your BBQ-related purchases, including charcoal, lighter fluid, condiments (mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc.), paper products, and even insect repellent and sunscreen.
Have a great weekend, and I hope you enjoy your next BBQ!
Throw It On The Grill! (July 21, 2017)
It’s Grilling Time! (June 3, 2016)
Part of the fun of grilling is finding new ways to use a kettle grill.
One of my favorites is to use it as a smoker by setting up the charcoal in a “snake” formation. Quite simply, it’s just a matter of arranging the charcoal in a “C” so it creates a semi-circle halfway around the grill. Stack three layers of charcoal and put some wood chips on top. Light a few briquettes, and place them at one end of the snake. It slowly make its way around slowly smoking whatever you want.
Chicken is outstanding as is fish (especially trout, whitefish and salmon). It’s easy and care-free grilling. A hint: Make sure you keep the temperature low. If you search the internet, you’ll find a lot of great recipes.
We enjoy grilling wild lean oily fish weekly. We grill wild Alaskan and North Atlantic Salmon, Swordfish and Tuna all of which are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. We love grilling which enhances the barbecue flavor of wild fish steaks and kabobs.
i love to grill any time of the week and probably would do it everyday if I had a gas grill instead of a charcoal grill. I rarely use sauces when grilling and I prefer grilling steak or bratwurst or fish along with skewers of vegetables. I hate cleaning up the kitchen after cooking, so grilling is my lazy way of doing it; keep the mess out of the house and then all I need to do is grab a bag of mixed salad to go with it and it tastes great, fast and healthy cooking.
I don’t grill out my son does so we go over his house and grill house and
have a lot of fun Hamburgers, Brats, and hot dogs
and Potatoes Salad and corn on the cob