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Fun Friday Food Facts, Vol. 19

20th May 2022 - 06:00
To celebrate the upcoming National Barbecue Week, we have found some barbecue food facts to kick-off the weekend.
  • The world’s biggest barbecue was unintentional when a warehouse of barbecue charcoal in Norfolk caught fire in 2005. 90 firefighters were called to the blaze, which lasted for days.
  • In much of southern Africa a barbecue is known as a braai and on it, in addition to lamb, beef, chicken and, pork you’re likely to find springbok, warthog, ostrich, eland and kudu.
  • In 2020 the UK became the leading barbecue European nation beating Germany and hosting around 150 million barbecues with 15 million being held over the 2020 Easter Bank Holiday alone.
  • Binchotan is Japan's famous ‘white’ oak charcoal which cooks by emitting infra-red radiation to heat the meat inside while the fire sears the outside.
  • The largest attendance at a barbecue was 45,252 people at an event organised in Mexico.
  • According to research the most popular foods on a barbecue include burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%) and chicken (73%).
  • In 2011 there were over 16,600 visits to emergency rooms due to grilling accidents in America.  
Written by
Edward Waddell