HPBA’S NEW POLL REVEALS: Whether Dressing up or Stripping Down, Americans plan to Grill this Summer.
Forget the winter blues and taste summer! Nationwide, people are getting fired up for National Barbecue Month this May and the kick-off to the peak grilling season. Now is a great time to check out your cook-out equipment and make sure you are ready for summer grilling.
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association‘s 2010 National Barbecue Month (NBM) Poll reveals that six-out-of-ten Americans can’t wait to fire up the grill for the outdoor cooking season igniting this May. In fact, nearly 90 percent of people say they plan to enjoy grilled food in their own backyard this summer!
While grilling is a shared summer pastime, flavor preferences and grilling styles vary as widely as the people who use them. According to the NBM poll, 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).