Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Grilling Facts and Figures 1

Who barbecues?
Practically everyone! A 2007 study conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) shows that 77 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker and 89 percent in households with four or more members. And, 95 percent of grill owners actually used their grill in the past year. More than 17.4 million new grills were shipped in 2007 alone.When do we barbecue?A majority of grill owners use their grills year-round; with 45 percent grilling at least 1-2 times per week during peak summer months. The most popular grilling occasions are Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day, but an increasing number of grillers report using their grills during the winter, too!

Where do we barbecue? Literally, everywhere across the country including backyards, vacation homes, campsites, public parks, and while tailgating at football games and NASCAR races. The increasing popularity of outdoor heaters and chimineas makes it comfortable and convenient to cook out in nearly any climate at any time.

Why do we barbecue?
According to HPBA's biennial survey of consumer grilling preferences, the top six reasons are:
1-Because it tastes so good.
2-Because it requires little cleanup.
3-Because it's an easy, informal, and secure way to entertain family and friends.
4-Because we love to be outdoors.
5-Because it's a great way to cook and eat a good piece of meat.
6-Because it keeps cooking odors outside.

1 - Source http://www.hpba.org/index.php?id=55