Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fourth Of July Barbecues By The Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It takes many states to produce the perfect Fourth of July BBQ.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there’s a 25 percent chance those hot dogs you eat on July 4 come from Iowa, as it’s home to 19.3 million hogs and pigs.

Burgers and steaks probably come from Texas, since the state produces 6.8 billion pounds of beef from cattle.

Chicken on the BBQ is likely from Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, or Texas, since these states generated $1 billion or greater from chickens a few years ago.

As for side dishes, baked beans originated in North Carolina, which produces about 39 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans.

Florida, Georgia, and New York account for 61 percent of the corn-on-the-cob produced, while 50 percent of the nation’s potatoes are from Idaho or Washington.

The ketchup on your burger or hot dog is likely from California, which accounted for 96 percent of processed tomato production last year.

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