These Barbecue Foods Have Officially Gained ‘God Tier’ Status, Says New Poll

A new survey of 2,000 Americans revealed the nation’s favorite and least favorite barbecue foods—and tradition ruled the day.

Burgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings have been given the official “God tier” status according to BBQ fans – proving the classics have withstood the test of time, despite the rise of alternative menus across America.

This guide to the best of the barbecue foods shows the likes of cauliflower ‘steak’ and eggplant appeared at the bottom of most wishlists.

Seafood makes up a huge portion of the “good” tier including salmon, lobster, and white fish.

Second from the bottom—the “meh” tier—features pineapple, as well as lamb chops and tuna steak.

Commissioned by St Pierre Bakery and conducted by OnePoll, the poll found that 41% plan to host a barbecue this Labor Day (September 4-5), while 47% will be attending one.

57% claim that hot dogs and burgers are unbeatable, but almost half (45%) like to try out new dishes when grilling to impress others.

“The god tier ratings are definitely a conversation starter and everyone will have their own opinion on the best and worst barbecue foods”, said a spokesperson for St Pierre. “This list is perfectly timed to help inspire hosts on what to serve hungry guests.

Meals to impress at a cookout include a whole chicken (32%), beef brisket (29%) and upgrading from standard bread to brioche rolls (25%).

While 63% stick to the basics when cooking as they assume that’s what their guests want, 66% try – and fail – to cook something other than traditional foods.

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Half of barbecues have become healthier in the last decade, and 44% think they have become more suitable for all dietary requirements—with the addition of veggie burgers added into the mix

GOD TIER:
Burgers
Chicken wings
Hot dogs
Chicken e.g. breasts, legs, thighs etc
Steak
Ribs
Burger cheese
Potato salad
Corn on the cob
Beef brisket

GOOD TIER:
Pasta salad
Pork chops
Kebabs/skewers
Lobster
Chicken souvlaki
White fish e.g. seabass, halibut
Grilled vegetables
Pulled pork
Salmon
Avocado

MEH TIER:
Sweet potatoes
Potato rolls
Crisps
Grilled mushroom
Lamb chops
Onions
Banana
Bacon
Pineapple
Tuna steak

NAH TIER:
Coleslaw
Lamb
Bread rolls
Pitta/flat bread
Chorizo
Eggplant
Cauliflower ‘steak’
Cous-cous