BBQ Events: May is National Barbecue Month
According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), May is National Barbeque Month. And, National Barbecue Month Ignites Americans' Thrill To Grill! Nice idea actually.
“After an especially brutal winter nationwide, people are ready to cook outside and enjoy the outdoors,” said Leslie Wheeler, HPBA’s Director of Communications. “While we are seeing an increase in grilling year round, it still remains the quintessential summer pastime. The warmer months bring people together around the grill for outdoor entertainment and delicious food with the benefits of ease and affordability.”
While grilling is a shared pastime, HPBA’s 2010 National Barbecue Month poll reveals that flavor preferences and grilling styles vary as widely as the people who use them. The nationwide poll shows America’s grilling profile and consumer taste preferences:
Dress up or Strip Down?
When it comes to enjoying a meal from the grill, 65 percent of Americans like to “dress it up” with a sauce, marinade or seasoning, and 21 percent prefer to “strip it down” and enjoy grilled food au natural.
- Some like it hot! Men more than women say they like to turn up the heat with spicy sauce or steak sauce on their grilled meats (42 percent vs. 31 percent).
- When it comes to grill-side manner, most adults report that they are “all about the meat” (29 percent) or “all natural” (24 percent), followed by “spicy or saucy” (19 percent), adventurous (16 percent) and timid (6 percent).
- In the battle of the bottles, consumers report they use ketchup most often (66 percent of respondents), with mustard (62 percent of respondents) close behind.
- Two-thirds of Americans say, “add cheese, please!”
- Overall, 74 percent of Americans add lettuce, onion and/or tomato. Women lean towards the veggies more than men (80 percent of respondents vs. 68 percent).
- Seventy percent of adults say they are all about the buns, and prefer a traditional bun to complete their grilled sandwiches.
- More flavorful food (81 percent of respondents)
- Inexpensive compared to eating out (76 percent of respondents)
- Easier clean up (67 percent of respondents)
- Healthier (64 percent of respondents)
- Less cooking time (53 percent of respondents)
- 74 percent plan to enjoy grilled food at a friend of relative’s house,
- 42 percent while picnicking
- 39 percent while camping
- 20 percent while tailgating.