Gas Barbecues Prove The Most Popular

According to the latest figures from the US Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) around 82 per cent of North Americans own a barbecue – with 56 per cent using their grill all year round. Those are big statistics which has led to pretty major growth in Barbecue exhibitions throughout northern America.

And Leslie Wheeler, HPBA Communications Director, of the 2,500 strong organisation, knows why. “Outdoor cooking remains a staple American pastime that consumers turn to for delicious food with time and cost-saving benefits,” he said.

“The industry’s manufacturers are launching new innovative accessories that make it easy to cook every part of the meal – from appetizer to dessert – on the grill, and new gadgets that are making clean-up easier than ever before.”

When it comes to cooking with gas, it’s still the number one favourite for barbecues with 57 per cent of those surveyed opting for a gas barbecue, followed by charcoal (41 per cent) and then electric (2 per cent).

And, continuing with statistics for you, here are some fun facts:

Popular barbecuing facts,

  • The most popular holidays for barbecuing in America are: July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day or last Monday of May (57 percent), and Labour Day or first Monday in September (55 percent)
  • Burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent) are the most popular barbecue foods for Americans
  • The most popular side dishes are corn (41 percent) and potatoes (41 percent
  • The most popular flavours of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey and spicy-hot.

Meanwhile, doing our usual weekly research and looking out for some recipes that weren’t the standard barbecue fayre for all the avid and game readers of this blog, the team here at BBQbarbecues came across this delicious little number which, with its addition of red wine, actually sounds more French than you’ traditionally get in a British, American or Antipodean barbecue party. That made us consider it a bit more ‘refined.’ Let’s see what you think…

The following recipe is for four people and takes around 15 minutes to cook (not including the time for marinating the meat).

Red Wine and Mustard Marinated in Beef with Barbecued Vegetables

The ingredient list is simple with items you’ll be able to pick up at your local grocery store or supermarket. They include four beef fillet steaks, a bunch of asparagus, four potatoes peeled and thinly slice, two medium-size packets of tomatoes, 125ml red wine, 60ml olive oil, 2 garlic cloves (crushed), 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary, 2 tsp Dijon mustard and 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Lay the steaks in a ceramic dish and place to one side. Next, make the marinade by combining together in a bowl the wine, oil, garlic, rosemary and mustard. Pour the marinade over the steaks and place in the fridge overnight.

Next day, when ready to eat, fry up the potatoes on a flat plate on a barbecue for around ten minutes until crisp and golden both sides. Once done, add the beef to the grill plate and cook for around five minutes each side.

Remove the steaks from the grill plate and cover in tinfoil then set aside to ‘rest’.