It looks like spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner. It is definitely time for all of us to get our patios, decks and porches ready for some of our most enjoyable Northwest moments, barbecue time. Everyone’s Doing It. Nearly eight out of 10 (77 percent) households own
an outdoor barbecue grill or smoker, a 5 percent increase from 2003.
And, in households of four or more members, the percentage jumps to 89
Got Gas? Sixty-eight percent of households that own a grill, have a gas
grill, followed by charcoal (37 percent) and electric (2 percent).
Grilling Gurus. The majority of grill owners use their grills year-round
(58 percent), and 45 percent use their grills one to two times per week
during the peak grilling season (May through September).
Holiday Hot Spot. Traditional summer holidays top the list of the most
popular grilling holidays: the Fourth of July (69 percent), Memorial Day
(56 percent) and Labor Day (50 percent).
Sizzling Smells. Meats, including burgers (82 percent), steak
(79 percent), chicken parts (72 percent) and hot dogs (71 percent), top
the list of the most popular foods prepared using a grill.
Move over Meats. Consumers’ are also wild about veggies, with corn and
potatoes among the most popular veggies to cook on a grill.
16.7 million grills and smokers shipped in 2008.