Whole Chicken Grilled
Whether you're a barbecue beginner or a pyro cooking pro, you'll find loads of great ideas, super recipes, and outdoor cooking secrets here at Yes! You Can Grill.
Get on the Grilling Bandwagon
Almost 8 in 10 households own grills currently as noted by Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). Gas grills are still most popular at 86% followed by charcoal grills (37%) and electric (2%).
Close to half of all grillers polled by HPBA say they grill once or twice a week during the peak season (May-September), but 58% have joined the Polar Bear Barbecue Club and grill year round.
What's for Dinner?
The most popular foods cooked on the grill include:
Hot Dogs (71%)
Although outdoor cooks tend to go with the "tried and true," almost 1/3 of the respondents to the annual Weber GrillWatch survey noted that they grilled more now than last year, because they wanted to eat healthier. Outdoor cooks note that they're cooking leaner meats like poultry and fish as well as more grilled vegetables.
Foods that grillers would like to tackle and/or do a better job with included beef roasts and briskets (not so lean) and whole chickens and turkeys (probably need to get a smoker for that).
Favorite Grill Days
Any day is a great day for a barbecue, but holidays see the most action. Weber ranks hot grill days with the 4th of July on top (86%) followed by Labor Day (74%), Memorial Day (69%), Father's Day (52%), and Mother's Day (45%). Birthdays, tailgate parties, NASCAR races and concerts also are popular times for firing up the grill.
It's a Dirty Job - But Someone's Got To Do It (Maybe)
Approximately half of all grill owners give their grill a good scrubbing once or twice a month with half those "keeping it clean weekly."
Five percent of grill owners say they clean up every couple of years, and GASP! - 6% admit they never clean their grill period. Wonder how many dirty grill parties you've attended? Probably better not to think about that.
Key To Outdoor Cooking Success?
If you've tried grilling before and it didn't work out too well, don't give up. Buy good gear. Plan ahead. Take your time. Practice. You'll be a barbecue master before you know it.
News Hot Off the Grill About Outdoor Cooking (newest news listed at the top):
New Trends in Grilling for 2009 with Don Johnson of HPBA
Consumers Digest Grill Guide Out May 2009 - See My Porch Full of Grills
Bad Barbecue Guests (from the HPBA survey 2008)
How to Impress Your Grill Guests (HPBA survey results)
Staycations - Weber Study Finds More Folks Grilling This Summer
Lexington, NC Barbecue Festival (2008 - 25th year)
May is National Grilling Month
if you need an excuse to get fired up!