Memorial Day is a few days away and we're all clamoring to get outside and start entertaining, right? To this end, I came across this great article in Forbes Magazine recently called, "The United States of Barbecue - America's Love Affair with Backyard Cooking" by Larry Olmsted, and wanted to share some of the highlights. According to a recent poll of "Barbecue Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude," by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) of which the Forbes article takes its stats, 75% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker. The reason? There are three:
* To improve the flavor of the food you're cooking
* For personal enjoyment
* For entertaining family and friends
The poll also states that the majority of grill owners (63%) use their grill or smoker year-round, and 43% cook at least once a month through the winter. The five most popular days to barbecue? They would be (in order):
* July 4th
* Labor Day & Memorial Day (a tie)
* Father's Day
* Mother's Day
Then there's another statistic to consider. Nearly half (45%) of U.S. adults surveyed by HPBA plan to purchase a new grill or smoker this year! That's a lot of delicious meals made and consumed year round. It also means there are more chances for grilling fires if we're not careful. So no matter what day of the week you bring family and friends together for your best barbecue fare, consider how you'll ensure your safety and the safety of your guests.
And remember, the leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean and having the grill too close to something that could catch fire, according to NFPA's recent grilling report. So remember to inspect your grill (we have a great video that takes you through the process step by step for gas grills) and clean it well before using.
Read the full article to find more fun statistics about grilling. Then watch our fun video that addresses some of the questions we all have about our gas grills and grab NFPA's grill safety checklist to download and keep on your fridge. With some thought and simple action steps taken early, you'll enjoy grilling every day of the year! Enjoy!