Friday, February 16, 2007

Fun Facts About Barbecue

Who barbecues Northeasterners are the biggest barbecuers in the nation, followed by those in the North Central, Southern and then Western parts of the country. Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter hosted a “pig pickin’” for about 500 guests including visiting foreign dignitaries. Ronald and Nancy Reagan also were avid barbecuers who entertained with barbecues at their ranch. George H. Bush, 41st president, held a barbecue for Members of Congress annually on the South Lawn of the White House, a tradition continued by his son, President George W. Bush. However, that tradition was interrupted on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Secret Service agents, who had evacuated the White House a day earlier, cancelled the barbecue and the White House kitchen released 700 pounds of beef tenderloin to feed the hundreds of rescue workers who had traveled to Washington.

When we barbecue The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (75%), Memorial Day (65%), and Labor Day (55%).

What we barbecue The most popular foods for barbecuing are, in order: hamburgers (87%), steak (83%), chicken (78%), and hot dogs (76%).. The most commonly prepared side dishes are, in order, corn (42%), other vegetables (41%), and potatoes (39%). The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory (67%), followed by mesquite (52%), honey (48%), and then tomato-based (34%). The most common ingredient added to barbecue sauce is garlic, followed by brown sugar.

How we barbecue

There are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions - everyone's got their own! Generally speaking, though, there are barbecue styles that dominate in different regions of the country. In the Carolinas, they can't agree whether sauce should be vinegar, mustard or tomato based, but they can agree on the meat the sauce goes on - pork. In the Deep South, Georgia, Florida, and parts of Louisiana, you'll find that Cajun cuisine has had a strong influence. Regardless of whether you're barbecuing beef brisket, pork ribs, rabbit, or trout, chances are your taste buds will get a kick from a spicy marinade, sauce, or rub. In other parts of the South, pork also rules. In sunny California, lighter fare such as salmon is king of the grill. The Midwest is a barbecue hotbed - if you can't find a meat and sauce combination you like in Kansas City, you can't find it anywhere.

Our Utensils

Aluminum foil is the most common "utensil" used in the preparation of side dishes for the grill. The most popular barbecue utensils are long-handled tongs (81%), followed by grill cleaning brushes (75%), and then long-handled forks and spatulas (tied at 64%).

Our Fuels

Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania patented a design for charcoal briquettes in 1897. After World War One, the Zwoyer Fuel Company built charcoal briquette manufacturing plants in the United States with plants in Buffalo, NY and Fall River, MA. There are stories circulating that Henry Ford invented the very first briquette in 1920 with the help of Thomas Edison. However, the 1897 patent obviously predates this and Ford and Edison both knew Zwoyer. 0 Natural lump charcoal costs a bit more than charcoal briquettes but it burns hotter, which means you use less – and partially burned natural lump charcoal can be reused. Briquettes work better for long cooking periods and they produce more consistent heat. It’s easy to check how much propane is remaining in your tank. Bring your bathroom scale outside and put the tank on it. An empty tank weighs between 17 and 19 pounds. . The difference between that and what your tank weighs is how much gas you have left.

Barbecue History

There is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective. Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals. Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue.” Competition barbecuing is one of the hottest hobbies in the country with hundreds of cook-offs held throughout all 50 states. The biggest and most famous are Memphis in May and The American Royal in Kansas City. Both cities stake their claim to being the barbecue capital of the U.S.

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