Gary had this question one day on his blog so it reminded me of that when it came on the news the other night. It was all about why we love to grill our food outside. I know that we grill year round. We have a gas grill so it’s really easy. I can’t imagine making a steak any other way. We put a lot more on the grill in the summer just so we don’t heat up the house but some of these facts surprised me somewhat.
Apparently back in the 50’s was when grilling really became the thing to do once people started moving to the suburbs. The Fourth of July is the top grilling holiday (69 percent of Americans say they grill that day, according to the barbeque association), but Memorial Day is second (56 percent) followed by Labor Day (50 percent).
85 million Americans own their own grills. Had I had to guess that, I’m sure I would have gotten it wrong. That number is huge. Nearly 70 percent of us own a gas grill, while just 37 percent own a charcoal. Quite a few people have both.
I guess what really shocked me was the women in this news story. Nearly all the men said they did ALL the grilling. “In general, it’s men doing the grilling. The man lights the grill more than 65 percent of the time, and does the cooking 59 percent of the time”. I’m wondering why? Some claimed it was the “macho” thing to do. Being manly men and all. Some said it was the “smoke” and some said it was the “fire” and cavemen instincts took over. Even some of the reporters after this report joked that they did all the grilling while the wives cooked almost all the other food (not grilled).
I don’t know about you but I can light a grill AND cook food on it. So come on ladies and gentlemen. Do tell. Do you share equal grilling? Who does it in your home and is there a reason?