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SOURCE Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association & National Turkey Federation Offer Safety and Cooking Tips for Grilling, Smoking and Frying this Holiday Season
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Year-round outdoor cooking remains a popular trend among households from coast to coast, with many consumers opting to cook their holiday turkey on a grill, smoker or fryer, freeing the oven and stove top for other fare. According to a 2013 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) poll, when it comes to cooking their Thanksgiving meals, consumers are most likely to cook their turkey outside (53%), followed by vegetables (21%), appetizers (12%), classic sides (11%) and desserts (3%).*
"While the turkey is the heart of the meal, savory side dishes, including vegetables, fruits and desserts also taste great when cooked outdoors," said Sue Crosby, communications director at HPBA. "Cooking the Thanksgiving meal outdoors frees up space in the oven, allows for easier clean up, and creates a mouthwatering meal packed with flavor."
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) estimates 46 million turkeys will be cooked this season. Turkeys can be fried in less than an hour, smoked over low heat for several hours or even cooked on a grill.
Whether planning to cook the turkey, sides or full feast outside, HPBA encourages consumers to review all safety information prior to cooking.
"Consumers should start by reading the owner's manual and making sure the equipment is in working order," says Crosby. "Also, consumers should make sure to use outside cooking equipment outdoors only, placed on a flat, stable surface, preferably on a protective grill pad, and away from any combustible materials."
The following cooking tips and know-how from HPBA and NTF are sure to satiate the whole family's appetite for trying their Thanksgiving bird on the grill, smoker or fryer:
From the Grill (Indirect Grilling)
Join the conversation at "HPBA Barbecue," HPBA's Facebook and Twitter communities: facebook.com/HPBABarbecue and twitter.com/HPBA_Barbecue and NTF's Facebook and Twitter communities: www.facebook.com/NationalTurkeyFederation, or www.twitter.com/TurkeyGal.
About Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
The 2,800-member Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of hearth, barbecue and patio appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising, and consumer education.
About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $14 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products.
*About the National Barbecue Month Consumer Poll
Cited statistics are taken from a survey of 1,000+ people, conducted by the polling company™, inc., from March 11-13, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
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