number 1 grilling holiday: Fourth of July.

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It's no wonder we enjoy outdoors celebrating our Independence Day, there's so much to do. Besides watching fireworks, Americans enjoy grilling and picnics on the fourth more than any other holiday. According to U.S. News and World Report, Americans spent approximately $2.4 billion at the supermarket for Fourth of July (2012 stats).

Here are some more interesting facts from Bloomberg.

  • Americans purchase over 700 million pounds of chicken the week of July 4th making chicken the most popular item to throw on the grill.
  • 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the fourth. That's enough to stretch from Washington DC to Los Angeles - 5 times.
  • 1 out of 6 beef products (like hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks) come from the lone star state of Texas. Americans enjoying beef on the fourth ranks lower than chicken or pork.
  • The average Independence barbecue meal averages 1,667 calories . . . actually lower than most think.
  • One of the most common side dishes for the holiday is baked beans. North Dakota supplies 34 percent of the beans produced in the United States.
  • "There's nothing better than an ice-cold beer" rings true on the fourth as over 24 million cases are sold during the holiday period.
  • Apple Pie is the most popular dessert on Independence Day and is synonymous with Fourth of July.
  • We all scream for ice cream in the United States around Independence Day, as National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on July 3 and July is National Ice Cream month.

Now for some of my Favorite Recipes:

Potato Salad with Deviled Egg Dressing

Creamy Southern Pasta Salad

Fresh Green Beans and New Potatoes

Sweet Grilled Vidalia Onions

Baked Beans with Brown Sugar Recipe

How to Barbecue Chicken and Poultry

Drick's Mojo Chicken

Old Fashion BBQ Grilled Chicken

Award Winning Summertime Tasting Hamburgers

Hamburger Skewers for Picky Eaters

4 Hot Dog Recipes

Pulled Pork - grilled Boston Butt Roast

BBQ Rib Rub and Mopping Sauce Recipes

Kansas City Style BBQ Ribs and Sauce

Rub and Method for Perfect Grilled Steaks - My Way

Teriyaki Garlic Steak Marinade

Grilled Beef and vegetable Kabobs



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