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June 2014
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Dear Wendy,

If you aren't grilling already, you probably will be soon – or at least joining friends and family for a festive summer barbeque. So whether you are wearing the apron or are just a hungry bystander, here are some timely tips on fun and safe grilling.

We Will Get Through This Together
Americans are hurting. First it was Hurricane Harvey slamming into Texas and Louisiana. Then Hurricane Irma chased thousands from their homes in Florida. Puerto Rico is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. And then we woke up to news on Monday that a crazed gunman killed as many as 58 people and injured hundreds more at a concert in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have suffered so terribly or lost loved ones in these disasters. It will be a long road ahead to recovery and healing, but the American spirit is strong. We know we will get through this together!

Father’s Day Kicks Off Top Two Grilling Months

Guide to Grilling Fun and Safety

80 percent of U.S. households own a grill.

Ah, there it is — the unmistakable aroma of hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of other yummy foods sizzling on the grill. Nothing says SUMMER IS HERE better than an estimated 92 million American grill-owning households cranking up their backyard barbecues for festive family gatherings, community celebrations or just a quiet dinner at home. So grab those funky aprons and your favorite BBQ sauce while we explore what you should know about the fun, lore and safety tips associated with one of America’s favorite summer pastimes — outdoor grilling. Flip here for more >>>



Americans took home 14 million new grills in 2013 alone. June and July are peak grilling months, but 60 percent of owners report grilling year-round.

Source: Grilling Facts and Figures, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association


Despite the traditional view that men rule the family grill, a national survey found that 25 percent of women handle the outdoor grilling duties, up from 20 percent last year.

Source: More Women Taking the Heat at the Grill, Weber GrillWatch Survey


Gas and charcoal grills are a serious fire risk, causing an average of 8,800 residential fires, 10 deaths, 140 injuries and $96 million in direct property damage each year.

Source: Grilling, National Fire Protection Association


Barbecue Safely and Handle Propane with Care

You probably think you know how to grill safely. But just in case, why not take a minute to “brush on” these safety tips from the Hearth, Barbeque and Patio Association. And while you are at it, review how to safely handle propane cylinders with this interactive tutorial from the Propane Education & Research Council. Your outdoor dinner guests will thank you!

Try These Top Grilling Recipes

Wow the special people in your life with these grill recipes and techniques: Cooking Light 40 Top-Rated Grill Recipes, Bon Appetit 22 Favorite Grilling Recipes, AllRecipes.com, Food Network Best Backyard Barbecue Recipes, Better Homes and Gardens' Best Grilling Recipes, NY Times 101 Fast Recipes for Grilling and these YouTube videos on the Art of Grilling Videos.

Dance While You Romance the Grill

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, Love Me Tender by Elvis and Let’s Get It Started by the Black Eyed Peas are among America’s “favorite songs to grill by,” according to a Blue Rhino national survey.

Your Favorite Grilling Song?

What’s your favorite song to grill by? Tell us and we’ll enter your name into a drawing for a free iPod Mini pre-loaded with America’s barbecuing top 10!

Take the survey

“Mommy’s On Fire:” ESPN Anchor Tells Her Story

ESPN’s Hannah Storm tells a harrowing story of being badly burned by an explosive fireball while grilling dinner for her children.

Watch the video

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