As we prepare for the unofficial start of the summer, many of us will be throwing down the grilling gauntlet and cooking up everything from apps to sides to entrees and even sweet treats on the grill.
My favorite barbecued dishes are salmon, corn on the cob and pineapple. Toss some of that grilled pineapple over vanilla ice cream and you have a quick and easy dessert your guests won’t soon forget.
- 81% of US households own a grill
- The top three days for grilling? You probably could’ve guessed them – Fourth of July (75%), Memorial Day (65%) and Labor Day (55%).
- Curious how much propane you have left? Weigh the tank! Most tanks weigh around 17 – 19 pounds, so the difference is how much fuel you got left.
- Northeasterners are actually the biggest barbecuers in the U.S.A. North Central, Southern and Western round out the top four.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to host a BBQ at the White House. The featured menu item? Texas-style barbecued ribs.
- Throwing burgers and hot dogs on the grill? You’re grilling up the first and fourth most grilled foods; steak snags number two with the always popular chicken taking bronze.
Hickory barbeque sauce is favored, then mesquite, honey, and tomato based. In homemade barbeque sauces, garlic is almost always found in the recipe, as is brown sugar.
After aluminum foil, the preferred barbeque tools are long handed tongs, clean brushes, and spatulas.
As we enjoy good food with our families and friends, let’s also take time to thank the men and women who have served our country and those who wear the uniform today. I salute them today and every day and never take their sacrifice for granted.