Whether you plan to barbecue on Labor Day or getting ready to celebrate the more eccentric Barbecue Your Breakfast Day, which is September 4th, outdoor grilling is a wonderful way to get together with your loved ones while staying safe from the Delta variant.

But which cities promise the perfect conditions for firing up the grill? Lawn Love ranked over 180 of the largest U.S. cities to determine the Best Cities for Outdoor Grilling. They looked for cities with plenty of butcher shops, affordable meat, nice weather, and community interest based on Google search trends.

So which North Carolina city ranked in the top 50 on the list. It’s CHARLOTTE! The Queen City came in at number 32 on the list with a score of 55.05%. The southern half of the U.S. takes the cake in the overall ranking. The top nine cities extend from Clarksville, Tennessee (No. 7), westward to our SoCal cookout captains, Pomona and Palmdale.

2021’s Best Cities for Outdoor Grilling are the following:

  • 1 Pomona, CA
  • 2 Palmdale, CA
  • 3 Baton Rouge, LA
  • 4 Memphis, TN
  • 5 Killeen, TX
  • 6 Glendale, AZ
  • 7 Clarksville, TN
  • 8 Lubbock, TX
  • 9 Springfield, MO
  • 10 Paterson, NJ

2021’s Worst Cities for Outdoor Grilling are the following:

  • 174 Anchorage, AK
  • 175 Tampa, FL
  • 176 Honolulu, HI
  • 177 Seattle, WA
  • 178 Cleveland, OH
  • 179 Jersey City, NJ
  • 180 Mesquite, TX
  • 181 Garland, TX
  • 182 New York, NY
  • 183 Yonkers, NY

*Note about Baton Rouge, Louisiana: This ranking study was conducted prior to Hurricane Ida. The “Outdoors” category of the ranking accounts only for historical weather data for each city and therefore does not reflect current or recent weather events.

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