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We all love us some good ol’ fashioned Barbecue! It’s the American way. But did you know…

BBQ Fun Facts:

  • The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
  • Surprisingly, ribs of any kind are not the most popular type of meat that people usually barbeque. The most popular grilling meats (in order) are as follows: burgers, steak, hot dogs, and chicken.
  • The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are corn, potatoes, and then other vegetables.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson hosted the first barbecue at the White House, featuring Texas-style BBQ ribs.
  • Lexington, North Carolina is the “Barbecue Capital of the World”. Their Annual Barbecue Festival, in October, attracts over 160,000 people every year.
  • The oldest barbecue pit was discovered in the Czech Republic and dates back to 29,000 BC. The four foot-wide roasting pit contained mammoth bones and utensils.
  • The four distinguished categories of barbecue cooking in the US are Carolina style, Texas style, Kansas City style, and Memphis style.
  • Baby back ribs (also known as back ribs, baby backs, loin back ribs, or Canadian back ribs), are called “babies” because they are shorter and quicker to cook than spare ribs.
  • 63% of the U.S. population grills monthly.
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