May 16 is National Barbecue Day

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National Barbecue Day

Five Food Finds about Barbecue

  • 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.
  • The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (71 percent), Memorial Day (57 percent), and Labor Day (55 percent)..
  • The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).
  • The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41 percent), potatoes (41 percent), and other vegetables (32 percent).
  • The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1828 The cornerstone was laid for the Tremont House in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be…

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