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Grilling Enthusiasts Coming Out In Force For 4th Of July

Independence Day Proven To Be Most Popular Grilling Holiday
Billy Azzinaro

Grilling enthusiast Billy Azzinaro of Oceanside, Long Island. (Credit: Holli Haerr/1010 WINS)

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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — When it comes to sizzling grills, the Fourth of July is the most popular holiday for barbecuing in the U.S., according to a barbecue industry group.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular foods for grilling include burgers, steak and hot dogs.

As 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported Wednesday, Billy Azzinaro from Oceanside on Long Island cooks up all that and a whole lot more.

“I’ll rub some seasoning on some corn on the cob on a stick and I’ll smoke that. I’ll smoke some ribs. I’ll make some pizzas, hot dogs, the usual,” he said.

Azzinaro said he learned from a friend who is a chef and restaurant owner, and has at least 20 people over every Fourth of July. He will have more than one grill going to accommodate them all.

“I’m an entertainer. I always like having tons of people over,” he said.

And while barbecuing might just be a summertime activity for some, it is not the case for Azzinaro.

On a scale of 1 to 10 for barbecue enthusiasm, Azzinaro said: “I’m pretty much an 11. I’ll put snow boots on and come out in the winter if it’s 2 feet of snow to barbecue.”

The Weber GrillWatch survey of about 1,000 grill owners found that they host an average of 8.1 parties per year, and 25 percent host five or more summer barbecues, according to published reports.

And Azzinaro’s year-round grilling enthusiasm is not so uncommon – nearly half of the respondents fired up their grill year-round, and 33 percent went out in sub-freezing temperatures to do so, according to published reports.

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