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With the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, you probably have grilling on your mind. But wait a minute guys, I’m not talking to you. Sorry, but this is for the women who are tuned in. That’s because apparently more and more women are picking up the tongs and experiencing the thrill of the grill each year.

According to a survey by the National Pork Board, six out of every 10 women are handling the grilling duties at home at least once a month. So the charcoal or gas grill isn’t just a man’s domain anymore. Maybe like us, women have figured out that when you grill outdoors, there are virtually no dishes to wash. But grilling can also be healthy, low-fat, and if nothing else, a good chance to get out of the kitchen.

In fact, there’s even a nifty web site on the internet devoted to women, barbecue, and grilling. It’s grilling guru Elizabeth Karmel’s site called Girls at the Grill. And you can find it online by going to There are all sorts of good grilling recipes and technique tips at Girls at the Grill.

And if you’d like a free booklet about grilling called Grill Power! A Girl’s Guide to Grilling, you just need to send a self-addressed mailing label to the National Pork Board. I’ll make sure to put the full address on the Sound Bites page at

So for all you hot mamas and saucy ladies, I guess you’re in charge of dinner this 4th of July holiday. So girls, start your grills!

For a free copy of the booklet “Grill Power! A Girl’s Guide to Grilling,” send a self-addressed mailing label to: Grill Power, National Pork Board, P.O. Box 9114, Des Moines, IA 50306.

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