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NEW YORK — Burgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings are now officially on “God tier” status according to BBQ fans – proving the classics have stood the test of time, despite the rise of alternative grilling menus across America.

This guide to the best of the barbecue foods finds the likes of cauliflower “steak,” couscous, and halloumi hitting the bottom of America’s wish lists.

Seafood makes up a huge portion of the “good” tier, including salmon, lobster, and white fish. Second from the bottom – the “meh” tier – features sweet dishes such as bananas and pineapples, as well as lamb chops and tuna steak. Somewhat controversially, barbecuing bacon also ranks in the “meh” category.

Nothing beats the BBQ classics

The study of 2,000 U.S. adults revealed the nation’s favorite and least favorite barbecue foods, with 49 percent preferring traditional dishes compared to 26 percent who opt for BBQ alternatives.

Avocado (38%), hummus (36%), and eggplant (33%) now reside in the “elevated” barbecue foods.

Commissioned by St Pierre Bakery and conducted by OnePoll, the study found 65 percent believe traditional grill dishes continue to reign supreme each summer, with 57 percent claiming hot dogs and burgers are unbeatable.

“The god tier ratings are definitely a conversation starter and everyone will have their own opinion on the best and worst barbecue foods,” says a spokesperson for St Pierre, in a statement. “We know the Labor Day weekend will be a popular time for grilling and while the weather can sometimes surprise us, it could well be the last barbecue opportunity of the year. This list is perfectly timed to help inspire hosts on what to serve hungry guests.”

“It’s clear that Americans are not enticed by a fruity dessert on the barbie such as bananas or pineapple but hosts looking to impress should offer a variety of bread options for burgers and hot dogs to feed the crowds.”


Getting ready for a Labor Day feast!

The study also found 41 percent plan to host a barbecue this Labor Day, while 47 percent will be attending one. Almost half (45%) like to try out new dishes when grilling to impress others.

Meals to impress at a cookout include a whole chicken (32%), beef brisket (29%), and upgrading from standard bread to brioche rolls (25%). Many describe their own barbecues as unique (48%), flavorful (48%), and even chef standard (39%).

While 63 percent stick to the basics when cooking as they assume that’s what their guests want, 66 percent try – and fail – to cook something other than traditional foods. For half the poll, barbecues have become healthier in the last decade, and 44 percent think they are now more suitable for all dietary requirements.

When hosting a BBQ, hot dogs and chicken are the go-to grill items, as well as burgers, potato salad, and steak. Meanwhile, bread rolls (53%) and brioche (37%) are among the most popular breads to serve. When it comes to condiments, ketchup (51%), mayonnaise (49%), and barbecue sauce (47%) are the most popular for burgers and dogs.

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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1 Comment

  1. obvious says:

    “God” tier? Stupid way to put it. Makes me think an atheist wrote this, and it was their only opportunity to actually use the word “God”.