BBQing in Ireland is a very popular activity that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. In fact, it is so popular that there is even a dedicated Barbecue Society of Ireland. Here are some other interesting facts that you probably don’t know about BBQing:
- BBQing is actually the most popular summer leisure activity in Ireland and as many as one in three Irish households own a BBQ grill.
- The summer temperatures soared to new heights in 2013 and more than 300,000 were sold that year in Ireland. That brought the estimated number of BBQs in use in Ireland to around one and a half million.
- An impressive 9% of all the households in Ireland have two BBQ grills, while 3% of households have three BBQ grills or even more.
- In recent years, BBQing has been a much more spontaneous event in Ireland. Although up to 80% of BBQing is done on weekends, BBQing on weekdays after work is now becoming increasingly popular.
- Many Irish people have turned away from drinking in bars and pubs due to the enforced smoking bans and now prefer to host BBQ parties at their homes in the summer months instead.
- The food that is cooked at the vast majority of BBQ parties in Ireland is uncooked or even planned until the actual day of the event.
- In Ireland BBQing is seen as a traditionally male activity and in more than 60% of Irish households it is the men who fire up the BBQ and cook on it.
- Flat bed grills are the most popular types of grills in Ireland, although hooded grills are becoming increasingly more popular, especially among the younger generation.
- BBQs are often held to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and these special parties are often very large and vibrant with people of all ages joining in the fun.