Contact Us

Your 4th Of July Cook-Out Is Actually a Slice of America

Grilling time!

You may not have a fixed menu for your cook-out while celebrating on the Fourth of July, but you can count on the fact that the burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, salads, chips and the watermelon are from the good old U.S.A. Whether it’s the meats, the fruits or vegetables, your celebrating the “United Tastes of America“.

According to,  go ahead and enjoy your holiday favorites with the piece of mind of knowing your eating a slice of America. For example:

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

There’s a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State was the leader in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.2 billion pounds of the nation’s total production of 42.2 billion pounds last year.

A plate of hot dogs
David Paul Morris/Getty Images

There’s a 1-in-4 chance your hot dogs and ribs originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State had a total inventory of 14 to 16 million hogs and pigs last year which is about one-fourth of the nation’s total.

Funniest Chickens

The chicken on your barbecue grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi. The value of production in each of these states exceeded over $1 billion last year. These states combined for well over half of the nation’s broiler production.

Pre-Packaged salad
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounted for nearly three-quarters of lettuce production last year.

Scott Olson/Getty Images

The fresh tomatoes in your salad most likely came from Florida or California, which, combined, produced more than two-thirds of the U.S. tomatoes consumed. The ketchup on your burger or dog probably came from California, which accounted for 95 percent of processed tomato production last year.

Heinz baked beans
Chaloner Woods/Getty Images

There’s a 1-in-3 chance the beans in your side dish of baked beans or pork and beans came from North Dakota, which produced more than one-third of the dry, edible beans in the U.S. last year.

China Photos/Getty Images

As for your potato salad, potato chips or fries, Idaho and Washington produced about one-half of the nation’s spuds last year.

Scott Olson/Getty Images

When enjoying cool refreshment on the 4th remember, six states – California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana – combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons last year.

So dig in, you’re eating a slice of America!

Next: Enjoy a Bacon Hot Dog On The Grill

Best Of Lite 98.7

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for LITEHOUSE CLUB quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive LITEHOUSE CLUB contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.