Random BBQ Facts
BBQ is now the No 1 summer home leisure activity with around one-in-three households owning a BBQ grill.
In 2013, helped by the hottest July for 30 years, the average number of BBQ’s held increased to 5 per family 2013, with over 330,000 homes reaching for the barbi! A total of approximately 1.5 million barbi’s, 700,000 more then three years ago.
9% of all households have two BBQ grills and 3% have three or more BBQ grills.
BBQ’s have become much more spontaneous and occasion driven. Whilst 80% of all barbi’s still happen at the weekend, weekday ‘after-work’ barbi’s are seeing major growth.
Given the ongoing pub smoking-ban BBQ is fast becoming the summer must-do activity, a sophisticated ‘al-fresco’ alternative to the traditional dinner party.
BBQ is also now becoming a regular alternative summer meal cooking format.
The percentage of pre-planned BBQ’s is changing, down from 90% in 2003 to around 68% in 2013.
However most BBQ’s – around 90% – are unplanned until the day for food or theme.
Although Charcoal is still the most popular fuel, around 80%, this is changing fast in favour of gas.
Flat bed grills remain the most popular, although hooded grills are growing fast.
BBQ is still male dominated with 60% of men tangling with the tongs, however 40% of women are now going for the grill.
Countries and regions that have strong BBQ cultures are Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, South of France and the Costa’s region of Spain.