National Grilling Month

It doesn’t take much thought to figure out why July is National Grilling Month. This month is the busiest for grilling, most likely due to the fact that many people grill for the 4th of July. People also have family reunions, barbecues, and other events during July, so it’s not surprising that this is the month that celebrates grilling.

Now that we know why people are celebrating this month, it’s time to turn our attention to some of the ways people can celebrate. After all, there are about a million things to grill during this month, so most people will want to give some thought to what they want to do as July marches on.

The History of National Grilling Month

Grilling has been around for a very long time. About 1.8 million years ago, mankind discovered fire and began to cook food over it. In our minds, that is the first form of grilling.

It was a way for prehistoric humans to “predigest” their meats. This meant that people’s bodies could extract more nutrition from their food, which, in turn, led to more children surviving into adulthood. This makes grilling one of the most important inventions of man.

Of course, National Grilling Month is not as old as the act of grilling over a fire. In fact, it’s nowhere near as old. This month was only created a few years ago by grill manufacturers to encourage more people to buy grills and grill their food. Since its creation, this month has been observed by anyone and everyone who simply loves to grill their food.

Some Fascinating Grilling Facts

Let’s go over some interesting grilling facts that we can all share with our loved ones as we enjoy our grilled chicken, pork, beef, and seafood. Let’s take a look at them below.

  • Grilling uses direct heat, and barbecuing uses convection heat, so they’re not the same thing.
  • Over 70% of American homes own a grill or a smoker.
  • U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower used to grill at the White House.

Observing National Grilling Month

When most people think of grilling for National Grilling Month, they think of grilling items such as pork steaks, ribs, and other meats. However, there is a variety of other foods that are perfect for grilling.

These include salmon and other types of fish, squash, corn, eggplant, asparagus, and pineapple. Whatever a person decides to grill, they should take the time to let others know by using the hashtag #NationalGrillingMonth.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
July 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
July 1 Saturday
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