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National BBQ Month

It’s National Barbecue Month – Here Are Seven Facts About Our Favorite Backyard Pastime 2018 State of the Barbecue Industry: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Shares Consumer Data on Grilling and Patio Trends May is National Barbecue Month – the beginning of peak grilling season as home cooks take to their backyards to fire up a quick weeknight meal or a low and slow weekend feast with friends and family.

“If May makes you excited about spring and summer barbecues, not to mention updating your patio with new accessories and furniture, you’re not alone,” said Jack Goldman, president and CEO, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. “Our most recent consumer survey continues to show that people are not just interested in cooking out, but they are also excited to try new types of grills. Homeowners are also still very interested in making their backyards a second living room this season and beyond.”

Consider these statistics from the most recent HPBA “State of the Barbecue Industry” consumer survey*:

  • Seven in 10 U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and in Canada, ownership is 8 in 10.
  • Gas is the most popular grill type (64%), followed by charcoal (44%), then electric (9%).
  • The most popular days to grill this season are:
    • July 4, when 63% of grill or smoker owners plan to grill
    • Memorial Day (60%)
    • Labor Day (58%)
    • Father’s Day (45%)
    • Mother’s Day (34%)
  • Beyond holidays, 49% of grill or smoker owners report barbecuing for birthday parties, 24% on a camping trip, 21% at a vacation home party, and 11% during tailgating activities for sporting events.
  • Why do people grill? Of all grill/smoker owners, top reasons are:
    • Flavor (72%)
    • Lifestyle (52%)
    • Entertainment (40%)
    • Convenience (33%)
  • Wood pellet grill ownership is currently 3%, but 11% of prospective buyers plan to purchase a pellet grill this year.
  • One in 10 consumers plan to add a fireplace or heater to their outdoor kitchens.

(Article from HPBA Press Release, May 01, 2018.)


The South Central Affiliate of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (SCHPBA) is one of eleven regions in North America serving members with a more local perspective. It was formally incorporated in 2000. SCHPBA includes members in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The affiliate is a separate 501 © 6 corporation which is referred to as a Mutual Benefit Corporation existing to meet the needs of and serve their members.

We foster and promote business for our industry members in our five states. An elected Board of Directors represents the members’ needs when serving on committees and holding member events. Further, there is one industry member who represents the region on the Board of Directors at the national level. All regions have this representation. The rest of the 21-member national board is comprised of Manufacturers and 2 At-Large professionals.

SCHPBA members are encouraged to contact the affiliate staff office, any of the current affiliate board members and the representative to the national board with any interests or concerns.

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