The original idea for a Fourth of July themed post involved describing the Founding Fathers tastes’ in food. But after doing a bit of research we realized that writing about Calf’s head stew, porridge and cured meat probably wouldn’t make the most compelling entry. So without further ado, here is a much more interesting blog post. Fun facts about one of America’s favorite Independence Day pastimes, the Barbecue!
The three most popular days to barbecue in the U.S. are July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day in that order
The most popular foods for the grill are burgers, steak, hot dogs, and chicken in that order
An average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites
Hot dogs are on the menu at the Vatican snack bar
The average American consumes 30 pounds of hamburger meat a year
The first restaurant to serve hamburgers was White Castle in Wichita Kansas
On average Americans eat 3 hamburgers per week
The ancient Babylonians were the first to brew beer, and brewing a bad batch was punishable by being drowned in it
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock partly because they had run out of beer, they originally wanted to explore further south to more fertile farmland
One of George Washington’s first acts as Commander of the Continental army was to ensure that each of his troops received a quart of beer with their daily meal rations
25% of ketchup is sugar
Heinz owns 60% of the ketchup market worldwide
97% of American homes keep ketchup in the kitchen
The acid in ketchup can be used to remove tarnish from copper
87% of adults prefer mustard as a hot-dog topping, but children like ketchup.
Enjoyed by the ancient Roman’s, the name mustard comes from “mustum ardens” which means “burning wine”
American’s use more mustard than any country in the world
1 teaspoon of mustard has less than 20 calories, no sugar and no fat
The chicken is the closest living relative to the T-Rex
Americans eat 8 billion chickens a year
Skinless chicken is a great source of protein, and is relatively low in fat compared to other meats
So at this year’s 4th of July cookouts impress your friends and family with these memorable BBQ food facts!