It’s official – the UK is going BBQ crazy. Thanks to long hot summers like the one we had in 2018, the barbeque market is growing at an astounding rate. When National Barbeque Week started out back in 1997, the UK saw around 9 million barbeques taking place. That may sound a lot, but last year that figure had risen to almost 140 million. The market is now worth in excess of £1.6 billion per annum.
So what makes the great British BBQ so popular? Whether you have the latest top-of-the-range 4 Burner or a disposable tray bought last-minute from your local garage, the thrill of cooking in the open air with friends and family is something that we are taking to our hearts more and more. Over 75% of us have some sort of barbeque at home – despite this, 48% of Britons say that they are awful at barbequing!
In 2016, research by Kantar Worldpanel suggested that burgers had overtaken sausages as the most popular thing to cook on the Barbie, with chicken coming in third. However, only 14% of those aspiring garden chefs served chicken that had been prepared on the barbeque itself, with most opting to cook in the oven before ‘finishing’ outdoors. At Porc.Wales, we want to see as many of you firing up the BBQ to cook some delicious, healthy treats using pork from Wales, such as our Spicy Pork Burgers and Pork Rocket Kebabs.
Obviously, it’s important to know some basic safety tips for barbequing, especially seeing as it’ll be your friends eating the majority of what you end up serving! Check out these tips from nationalbbqweek.co.uk to ensure that your guests are in safe hands;
When stocking up for your next barbeque, don’t forget to support your local pork producer by buying quality products direct from them. Share your cookery skills (or ask us any questions) by tweeting us @Porc_Wales or sending us a message on Facebook @Porc.Wales.