For most, it’s corn. For others, it’s a bit surprising.
To find out what’s trending up on the grill, HPBA looked at Google Trends data to find the #1 rising result in each state for the related query to “how to grill _____” over the past two years.
For much of the United States, corn in some variation leads backyard cooks’ curiosity with half the states trending up for the sweet treat in some form, from “how to grill corn on the cob in foil,” to “how to grill corn with the husks.”
Chicken, which requires the steady art and science of cooking to ideal temperature without drying it out, came in a distant second with seven states trending up with “how to grill chicken” searches.
But from there, it starts to get interesting.
Ocean-less states are seeking seafood info. In the heart of America, Kansas, the top trending food is lobster tails. In Illinois, it’s scallops.
What’s trending up in the biggest barbecuing states? Not barbecue. In North Carolina, “how to grill peaches” is trending the highest. For Texas, it’s pineapple.
In Pennsylvania, eggplant is the most trending ingredient on the grill, while Massachusetts was the only state trending up for filet mignon.
What’s trending in your state? Check out the list below:
Alabama: Lobster tails
Colorado: Corn on the cob in husk
Connecticut: Lobster tails
Florida: Corn with husks
Georgia: Corn on the cob in foil
Kansas: Lobster tails
Maine: Corn on the cob
Maryland: Lobster tails
Massachusetts: Filet mignon
Michigan: Corn on the cob in foil
Minnesota: Corn on the cob in husk
New Hampshire: Corn
New Jersey: Corn in the husk
New Mexico: Chicken
New York: Corn in foil
North Carolina: Peaches
North Dakota: Corn on the cob
Ohio: Corn on the cob in foil
Oklahoma: Corn on the cob
Rhode Island: Corn
South Carolina: Chicken
South Dakota: Corn on the cob
Tennessee: Corn in the husk
Utah: Chicken breast
Virginia: Corn on the cob in foil
Washington: Corn on the cob in foil
West Virginia: Corn
Wisconsin: Corn in the husk
Wyoming: Pulled pork
For tips and recipes for your state’s next trending afternoon on the grill, visit www.WhyIGrill.org.
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