May 14, 2021
Now that May is well underway, it’s time to break out the old grill and fire up the charcoal. Whether you plan to grill hotdogs, chicken, steaks, vegetables, or Impossible Burgers for your vegan friends, you’ll need to have all your barbecue appliances and accessories ready for National Barbecue Month. While outdoor grilling is a great American pastime, it’s a popular activity worldwide. According to market research provider Research and Markets, the global barbecues and grills market was worth $5.1 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $8.1 billion by 2023.
Here are some of the brands that focus on making your barbecue event a success.
Though best known for its line of stand mixers, the 102-year-old KitchenAid has a robust line of stainless steel grills, elaborate faux-stone island grills, and a range of other outdoor grills. Acquired by Whirlpool Corp (Tii:WHR) in 1986 for $150 million, KitchenAid has expanded its product line to include grill covers and other grilling accessories. You can’t get the grill going without a little fuel – typically charcoal or propane gas. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI Corp. (Tii:UGI) since 2019, AmeriGas is the largest retail propane distributor in the United States based on volume. With more than 1,900 locations to fill your tanks when empty, the company serves 1.7 million customers in all 50 states.
For most of us, it’s not a barbecue without some kind of meat – one of the favorites being hotdogs, which now come in many varieties, including skinless, cased, cheese-filled, bun-length, un-cured, and jumbo-sized. Nathan’s Famous Inc. (Tii:NATH) has been producing its iconic beef franks since 1916. Though best known as one of the world’s largest producers of chicken products, Tyson Foods, Inc. (Tii:TSN) has a broad line of grill-ready brands. They include Ballpark Hotdogs, the Open Prairie brand of natural pork and Angus beef, and Aidells, a line of sausages and meatballs. Tyson Foods’ Raised & Rooted brand offers a line of plant-based nuggets, burgers, sausages, and brats for the vegans in the family.
Once the grill is prepped, fuel is ready, and meat acquired, next up is making sure your condiment game is on point. Among the many players in this crowded space is KC Masterpiece, a range of kettle-cooked barbecue sauces produced by HV Food Products Co., a subsidiary of the Clorox Company (Tii:CLX). Some of the other players competing for a spot in your family cookout include Hellmann’s Mayonnaise by Unilever Group (Tii:UL), Grey Poupon mustard, A1 Steak Sauce, Claussen pickles, Jack Daniel’s and Kraft barbecue sauces and salad dressings by The Kraft Heinz Company (Tii:KHC).
With everything ready to go, be sure you have the necessary accouterments. From tongs to spatulas to grill cleaning brushes, bottle openers and corn holders, you’ll need all of these tools to ensure a great cookout. Williams-Sonoma (Tii:WSM) sells a range of grilling accessories and utensils by Cuisinart, OXO, Traeger and more.
With all the boxes checked and the to-do items done, it’s time to get friends and family together, start grilling and enjoying National Barbecue Month.