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!

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

Hot dogs

Al Capone’s favorite food was a Nathan’s Coney Island hot-dog

An average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites

Hot dogs are on the menu at the Vatican snack bar

Hamburgers

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

Beer

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

Ketchup

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

Mustard

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

Chicken

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!

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