Fun Fact Friday: BBQ

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May 23, 2014 by Diniquette

Since this weekend is the start of the Summer Season, (and thus the start of BBQ Season), I found some fun facts about BBQing.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend.

Thanks for reading.

K

*Woods commonly selected for their flavor include mesquite, hickory, maple, guava, kiawe, cherry, pecan, apple…..(sounds like pie, no?) and oak. Woods to avoid include conifers. These contain resins and tars, which impart undesirable resinous and chemical flavors.

*Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs.

*The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day (57 percent), and Labor Day (55 percent).
The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).

*May 16th is National Barbecue Day.

*Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania patented a design for charcoal briquettes in 1897. After World War I, the Zwoyer Fuel Company built charcoal briquette manufacturing plants in the United States with plants in Buffalo, NY and Fall River, MA.

*Competition barbecuing is one of the hottest hobbies in the country with hundreds of cook-offs held throughout all 50 states. The biggest and most famous are Memphis in May and The American Royal in Kansas City. Both cities stake their claim to being the barbecue capital of the US.

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