As Labor Day weekend approaches, we at Treetopia have barbecuing on the brain. While it’s no secret that Christmas is our favorite winter holiday, nothing beats celebrating summer like a BBQ with friends and family. While many favor one BBQ delicacy over another, there are favorite foods that immediately come to mind when you think of a classic, all-American barbecue.
We were curious about how these food preferences might differ by region. That’s why we decided to look into the most popular BBQ foods across the country by diving into Google Trends data. It determined the most-searched-for classic BBQ food in each U.S. state.
So, if you’re planning one last barbecue (or cookout, or picnic depending on where you’re from) before we transition into the fall season, take a look at the most popular BBQ foods below. Adding some or all to your menu is sure to be a hit!
Top Searched BBQ Food by State
Boy, do these results make us hungry! From kebabs in Virginia, to ribs in states like Alaska, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wyoming, it’s clear that the most popular BBQ foods across the country include meat like hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, and grilled chicken. Also, We also found that there is popularity among two non-meat options: potato chips, and fruit, such as fruit salad or just plain watermelon.
Eaten on their own, these foods would make a good and simple BBQ menu. The main meat dish, a side of potato chips, and perhaps fruit as dessert. All your BBQ needs are some refreshing drinks!
Top Searched BBQ Food by Region
Regional differences play a huge part in BBQ preference, especially when you get down to BBQ techniques. But, when considering simple BBQ foods, there are clear regional discrepancies as well.
As you can see on the map, the West Coast is particularly fond of hamburgers, while the South and Northeast regions of the U.S. are fans of watermelon.
Midwesterners, on the other hand, seem to have an affinity for ribs. The pure enjoyment of this delicious dish by the people of that region is particularly strong!
Top Searched BBQ Food in the US
So, what BBQ foods in the U.S. have the most loyal fanbase?
According to our research, the most popular BBQ food in the U.S. is watermelon! The refreshing treat is too sweet to resist, and it’s certainly an easy addition to any barbecue! Meanwhile, hamburgers comeame in second, followed by ribs, since barbecues are typically highly carnivorous affairs. Grilled chicken, pulled pork, and kebabs, all tied for 5th place.
Next time you’re planning a backyard barbecue, this can serve as the ultimate grocery store list. We’re sure your family, friends, and neighbors won’t be disappointed!
So while the weather allows for it, why not go outside and get grilling? It’s a celebration almost as fun as Christmastime! Be sure to let us know what’s at the top of your pre-BBQ grocery list.