Nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned barbecue. Warm weather has always meant prime season for firing up those backyard grills, but today, one of our favorite national pastimes — grilling — is quickly becoming a popular year-round activity. More and more Americans are discovering the flavor-inducing power of an open flame — the perfect excuse to throw everything from hotdog-and-hamburger tailgate parties to pineapple-and-kebab dinner soirees.
Feeling inspired? Check out this infographic for a few stats on how the country gets its grill on.
A BBQ Infographic
How many people really barbecue?
- According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, a whopping 80% of U.S. households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, with 30% planning to grill more in 2016.
Why do people grill?
- There are many reasons, but the biggest consensus? Grilling improves flavor, say 71% of grill owners.
What are the most popular foods to grill?
- The most popular meats to grill are hamburgers, steaks and hot dogs, while the most-grilled side dish is classic corn on the cob.
Where is everybody barbecuing?
- In breezy, sunny al fresco settings. The most popular spots to grill are campsites, parks and beaches.
When are people firing up their grills?
- Many grillers are cooking up the goods on the most patriotic national holidays: 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Go, America!
Who’s doing the cooking?
- Men are the grill masters. Compared to women, they’re much more likely to decide to grill (62%), light the grill (73%) and actually cook on the grill (68%).