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

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!

Best Regards,

Also see:

Throw It On The Grill! (July 21, 2017)

It’s Grilling Time! (June 3, 2016)