I live in a small remote community just below Labrador, but even here my neighbours dutifully fire up their barbeques every summer, with the smell of scorched meat clearly discernible to all.
Phantom Gourmet just ran a "Summer Beach Barbeque Party" on their show, and the Food Network's very popular "Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives" is mostly about BBQ places all over America.
I haven't BBQ'ed since about 1985, because I felt that this type of food simply isn't good for you - especially anything that's been blackened - surely that has to be carcinogenic?
There's BBQ cooking contests on these shows that are clearly obsessive and with a huge emphasis on meat - very few veggies or fruits make an appearance.
So, what gives?