Report: Nearly Two-Thirds Of Grill Owners Set To Fire It Up For Sunday’s Big Game

Filed under: Events — @ February 2, 2007

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for grilling out

If you are livin’ la vida low-carb, then you probably are among the tens of millions of Americans who proudly own a grill and is firing it up this Sunday just in time for the big game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. Are you ready for some football and food?! Yeah, baby!

Although fans down in Miami at Dolphin Stadium won’t be allowed to use a grill for tailgating this year since it’s been outlawed (go figure on that one!), that won’t stop some 62 percent of grill owners from putting some snacks and appetizers on the barbie, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s (HPBA) State of the Barbecue Industry Report released this week.

“With millions of Americans cooking on the grill, this popular Sunday is the perfect occasion to cook up delicious grilled food,” HPBA Communications Director Leslie Wheeler said. “We are seeing year-round grilling as a major trend among Americans. In 2006 alone, grill shipments reached an industry record high, supporting the fact that more than 60 percent of grillers are grilling year-round.”

With a record-breaking 17 million grills sold in 2006 alone, representing a greater than 15 percent increase over 2005, it seems people are rediscovering the joy that comes from cooking sizzling steaks, vivacious veggies, and just about any other food to throw on the barbecue! I suppose you can partially credit the sustained popularity of the low-carb lifestyle for showing people meat is very healthy for you to eat and a grill makes that meat taste so much better than a skillet ever will.

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association knows grilling

The Arlington, VA-based HPBA is an organization of 2,700 members who are tirelessly dedicated to providing information, education, and advocacy for anything and everything dealing with grilling and barbecue. They have certainly taken note that Super Bowl Sunday is hands down the most popular day for grilling during the winter months and one of the Top 10 days for grilling all year!

Another reason grilling on Super Bowl Sunday has become more popular in recent years is convenience, the HPBA has found. It’s a fast way to get a delicious and nutritious meal for your entire family or for a house full of hungry football fans. Now, grilling is one of the most preferred methods for making dinner in the United States all year long.

“When you factor in the 70 percent of Americans who cite easy clean-up as a huge perk, grilling for the big game at home is a convenient, no-mess way to pull together a feast big enough for a football team or a pack of die-hard fans,” Wheeler added.

Click here to access six tips and suggestions for making your grilling experience on Sunday afternoon a pleasurable one compliments of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.


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