Thanksgiving around the…barbecue? Grilling out for Thanksgiving is a practice for one in eight grill owners, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). A new online survey shares the reasons why people love to grill for turkey day.
“Grilling out for Thanksgiving has emerged as a new tradition for many over the last 20 years, as home cooks expand their grilling repertoire and fellow barbecuers fill the web with helpful how-to videos,” said Jack Goldman, HPBA president and CEO. “But the what, how, and why people cook out on the final Thursday of November each year are as varied Thanksgiving side dishes all across the U.S.”
Last month, as part of its ongoing multimedia campaign, #WhyIGrill, HPBA asked followers and friends over social media to share their Thanksgiving grilling plans with 265 responding.
When survey respondents were asked why they grill for Thanksgiving, responses included:
“We love grilling for the holidays because it brings a whole new flavor profile to our Thanksgiving turkey, and our friends and family love to flock around the grill as we cook,” said Beth Breeding, vice president of communications for National Turkey Federation, when asked why her team loves to cook out during the holiday. “Plus, taking your Thanksgiving turkey to the grill frees up oven space for your sides. Hello, green bean casserole!”
Looking for inspiration beyond the traditional turkey? Consider these distinct and flavorful recipes courtesy of the National Turkey Federation: Buttermilk Brined Turkey, Grilled Thai Turkey Pizza, Dry Rubbed Barbecue Turkey Breast and Grilled Turkey Wings.
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