12 Numbers Connected with Grilling

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grilling_cSome people never put away their grills, heading outside to barbecue in all weather. But summer, especially the dog days, when sultry evenings cry out for patio parties, is undeniably the best time of year for grilling out. Do you want to know some interesting facts about grilling? This article is about numbers connected with grilling.

 

By Paul Eisenberg

76 percent

The percentage of respondents in a poll by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association who said they prefer to cook outdoors while entertaining during the warm months.

80 percent

Percentage of households that reported owning an outdoor barbecue or smoker in 2008, a 5 percent increase from 2003. According to the HPBA, about 89 percent of households of four or more people own an outdoor cooker.

1

Rank of burgers in popularity of items grilled outside, according to a 2009 poll by the HPBA. Burgers (89 percent) were followed by steak (79 percent), chicken (72 percent) and hot dogs (71 percent).

900,000

Number of charcoal briquettes purchased by Americans last year, according to Fast Company magazine.

650

The temperature at which most direct grilling takes place, according to author, television host and grilling expert Steven Raichlen. Indirect barbecuing, where food does not sit directly above hot coals, usually takes place at 250 to 350 degrees.

15 to 25

Typical amount of time in minutes it takes to ready coals if using a charcoal chimney, according to Raichlen. An electric starter works even quicker, taking 10 to 15 minutes.

30

Number of minutes Raichlen recommends preheating a gas grill before barbecuing, to ensure "maximum heat."

1 hour

Amount of time a typical load of charcoal is good for cooking. A typical gas cylinder, however, can offer 12 to 18 hours of straight grilling time.

1920

The year automaker Henry Ford began turning scraps from the production of Model T Fords into charcoal briquettes for use in outdoor cooking. The offshoot company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed Kingsford after a Ford relative who helped broker the site for the charcoal manufacturing plant.

1 million

Tons of wood scraps that are turned into charcoal by Kingsford annually.

2002

Year in which gas cylinders for grills began being manufactured with special safety devices that prevent explosions from overfilling. Cylinders manufactured before that date are potentially dangerous. Older cylinders will have a knob with five prongs, while newer ones will have knobs with three prongs.

10,000

Members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the world's largest society of barbecue enthusiasts. The organization sanctions nearly 300 events across the country in 43 states.


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