Barbecue Queens step up to the grill

The art of barbecuing is often a chance for the male sex to show off their culinary skills. However, research shows that Barbecue Queens, or ‘BBQs’, are finding their place on the grill. 

New studies from online shopping channel QVC found that over a quarter of women (26%) are taking charge when it comes to barbecuing.

While this year has welcomed the emergence of rising barbecue trends from the USA, such as pulled pork and beef brisket, sausages remain a firm favourite.

At 79%, sausages finish the top of the most popular dishes when it comes to barbecuing, with burgers finishing second at 76%, according to QVC.
Non-traditional meats have also been performing well, the survey found. 27% of the British public champion jerk chicken on the barbecue, while 19% favour Moroccan lamb.

Meanwhile, one in six (16%) have revealed that they have tried their hand at barbecuing octopus.

Furthermore, 16% admit to getting into an argument over who will do the barbecuing, while 12% have confessed to sabotaging their other half’s grilling session.

Sue Lesson, vice-president of brand and communications at QVC, commented: “Lighting up the barbecue is a sure-fire sign that summer is here and it’s great to see more women are flexing their culinary muscle. As we discover new flavours and cooking techniques – for example smokers of wood chips – we’re taking the indoors out and recreating delicious, gourmet dinner party food on the barbecue.”

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