Here are some fascinating facts about America’s fascination with grilling.

•77% of U.S. households own a grill or smoker

•Grills come in charcoal, gas, electric, and pellet models, ranging from $20 to $10,000.

•45% of Americans grill at least 1-2 times per week during the summer months.

•In 2007, 17.4 million new grills were sold in the United States.

•Henry Ford is credited with inventing the first charcoal barbeque grill.

•Most injuries from grilling come from the use of starter fluid.

Baked potatoes and corn are two of the most commonly grilled side dishes.

•People love to grill hamburgers, which are followed in popularity by steak, chicken, and hot dogs.

•An empty propane tank typically weighs 17-19 pounds. Weigh yours on a bathroom scale to guesstimate how much gas is left in the tank.

•Fourth of July is the big grilling day in the United States, followed by Memorial Day and Labor Day.

•Memphis, Tennessee, and Kansas City, Kansas both feel they deserve the title of “Barbeque Capital.”

•Backyards aren’t the only place for grilling. Lots of people enjoy grilling at campgrounds, parks, and parking lots (tailgating).

•The National Barbeque Association declares May “National Barbeque Month.”

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