Published on June 16, 2016

BBQ Infographic: America's Love Affair with Grilling

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

bbq infographic

How many people really barbecue?

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%).

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