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Prior to 2020’s coronavirus pandemic, summertime outdoor dining was a preference, not a safety precaution, and dine-in tablemates were either friends or empty chairs, not stuffed animals, mannequins or blow-up dolls. But while parts of the food scene look different, others remain familiar, like ordering takeout and doing lots of summertime grilling. Recently, Google released data for the most popular grilling recipes in each state based on the most uniquely searched item over the past month. Here’s what each state was looking to serve at its next cookout.
Alabama’s most uniquely searched grilling recipe is none other than classic grilled pork chops, which pair perfectly with the state’s most iconic pie.
In Alaska, grillers cannot get enough lamb chops. If you’re grilling up your own lamb chops, make sure you are storing and defrosting your meat properly, preheating your grill and avoiding other rookie grilling mistakes.
In Arkansas, home cooks are looking for grilled asparagus rather than grilled red meat or other foods that are putting your blood pressure through the roof.
Although it's one of the top 10 cattle-producing states in the union and home to many of the country’s best steakhouses, Colorado has yet to declare steak as its official state food. Perhaps that’s because this summer, based on the Google data, state residents were looking to grill zucchini instead of steak.
Grilled salmon captivated Georgia hearts and bellies this summer. When preparing to grill salmon or other raw fish out of the freezer, remember that it only stays fresh for one to two days after thawing, so plan on cooking it quickly.
In Hawaii, the happiest state in America, grilled zucchini was the most searched-for recipe this summer.
You can’t think of Idaho without thinking of potatoes and all the ways you can cook them. However, in summer 2020, Idaho was much more about grilled eggplant, searching for it the most on Google.
Like neighboring Illinois, Indiana was also searching for grilled salmon this summer. In addition to being brain-boosting, salmon is a blood pressure-lowering food too.
Corn may be a food that’s not actually what you think it is, but it was nevertheless a go-to for grillers in Iowa this summer.
For home chefs in the Sunflower State this summer, nothing sounded more appealing than some perfectly seared grilled pork chops.
If our parents taught us anything, it was probably to eat our veggies. Well, Kentucky has taken that guidance to heart and was searching for ways to grill cabbages over the past month.
Spices and seafood are the foundational components of many classic Cajun and Creole dishes. So, it’s no surprise that grilled lobster was sought out by grillers in Louisiana this summer.
Grilled chicken breast beat out the grilling competition in Maine. To find fixes for all your chicken grilling mistakes, follow a guide on how to cook grilled chicken.
In Maryland, salmon owned the summer grilling season — and for good reason. It’s one of the foods women should eat every week.
Michigan is the seventh state so far with grilled salmon as its most uniquely searched grilling recipe. If you thought it’s brain-boosting and blood-pressure-lowering powers were reason enough to hop on the summer salmon train, get this — salmon is a gut-healthy food too.
Versatile grilled chicken breast, the most uniquely searched grilling recipe in Minnesota last month, can be used in other dishes long after you shut off the grill. Put your leftover grilled chicken to use by following one of these best leftover food recipes.
Like Maine, Mississippi was also looking up grilled chicken recipes last month. However, in the Magnolia State, grilled chicken quarters, not grilled chicken breast, was the busy weeknight chicken dinner of choice.
Missouri shares its most uniquely searched grilling recipe, grilled pork chops, with Alabama and Kansas. As summer turns to fall and the holiday season rolls around, look to the best ham recipes for more pork inspiration.
According to a monthly seasonal produce guide, zucchinis — which Montana looked up grilling recipes for the most — are in season from May to August. So grab the last of this season while you can.
Veggies are not the only produce you can place on the grill. In Nebraska, peaches were the most uniquely searched grill recipe last month. Fun fact: Peach was the summer’s top ice cream flavor in 10 U.S. states.
Seafood stole the show again in tourist-friendly Nevada, with grilled shrimp popping up most in the state’s Google searches.
Hopefully, grillers in New Jersey did not fall into the common trap of not seasoning their grilled chicken, which was their most uniquely searched grilling recipe. After all, there are at least 28 ways to make grilled chicken not boring.
More than any meat, veggies were the most uniquely searched grilling recipe in New Mexico. All vegetables considered, New Mexico’s favorite vegetable is broccoli.
New York makes eight states with grilled salmon as the most-searched grilling recipe. And be warned, this food you should eat every day will show up on this list again.
North Carolina’s coastal position makes for prime seafood scarfing. Accordingly, grilled shrimp was the state’s most-searched grilling recipe last month, a required addition to any summertime Southern dinner table.
North Dakotans opted for a specific sort of shrimp this summer: grilled jumbo shrimp. When having a cookout in North Dakota or anywhere else, know there are certain foods you should avoid serving.
Ohio also favored grilled salmon over the past month. The key to grilling salmon perfectly every time is intentionality at every stage, from choosing your fish to seasoning to resting.
Unlike the several other states that similarly enjoyed grilled salmon, Oklahoma was on the search-engine hunt for charcoal-grilled salmon recipes specifically. Pro tip if you have leftovers: reheat fish in the oven. It’s one of those foods you should never, ever microwave.
All across Oregon, according to the Google data, grillers were looking to add grilled salmon to their simple weeknight dinner rotation this summer.
Grilled zucchini, a cheap and easy vegetarian recipe made for meatless Mondays, dominated the grilling recipe competition in Pennsylvania.
The grilled salmon fan club gains another loyal member. The healthy fish dish was the most uniquely searched grilling recipe in mansion-riddled Rhode Island.
Google data suggests South Carolinians do not depend on the area’s best seafood shacks for their grilled lobster tail fix.
In Tennessee, grillers looked no further than to the summer’s rockstar, grilled salmon, for a healthy dose of vitamin D.
Texans have a vast collection of bigger and better recipes. But for summer 2020, many people across the Lonestar State turned to Google for, you guessed it, a grilled salmon recipe.
There is no shame in sticking with what’s familiar. In Utah, home cooks looked to Google for easy summer chicken recipes.
Grilled shrimp also led the uniquely searched grilling recipes in Virginia. Serve your home-cooked shrimps with one of these best summer salsas and dips.
Peaches may be the most iconic food in Georgia, but they are the most uniquely searched grilling recipe in Washington, D.C., too.
In West Virginia, cookout chefs ditched the processed meats you should avoid in exchange for grilled zucchini recipes.
Wisconsin is the 16th state to claim grilled salmon as its most uniquely searched grilling recipe. Everyone from those states should turn to a round-up of the best grill recipes for some innovative ideas.
Finally, based on Google data, grilled chicken thighs were the most uniquely searched grilling recipe in Wyoming. In addition to analyzing top grilling recipes, Google also released a list of the most searched dessert recipes in every state.
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