Nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned barbecue. Warm weather has always meant prime season for firing up those backyard grills, but today, one of our favorite national pastimes — grilling — is quickly becoming a popular year-round activity.

More and more Americans are discovering the flavor-inducing power of an open flame — the perfect excuse to throw everything from hotdog and hamburger tailgate parties to vegetable kebab dinner soirees.

Feeling inspired? Check out this infographic for on how the country gets its grill on.



How many people really barbecue?

A whopping 80% of U.S. households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, with 30% planning to grill more this season.

Why do people grill?

There are many reasons, but the biggest consensus? Grilling improves flavor, say 71% of grill owners.

What are the most popular foods to grill?

The most popular meats to grill are hamburgers, steaks and hot dogs, while the most-grilled side dish is classic corn on the cob.

Where is everybody barbecuing?

In breezy, sunny al fresco settings. The most popular spots to grill are campsites, parks and beaches. But you don’t even have to leave your own backyard to get your grill on!

When are people firing up their grills?

Many grillers are cooking up the goods on the most patriotic national holidays: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Go, America!

Who’s doing the cooking?

Men tend to be at the grill more. Compared to women, they’re much more likely to decide to grill (62%), light the grill (73%) and actually cook on the grill (68%).

Are you firing up the grill this weekend for the holiday?

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