SACRAMENTO, CA - Starting in the afternoon of July 4th, the air will be filled with the sounds of fireworks, celebrations and the smells of all-American grilling. But if you're one of those who has not purchased the materials yet for your cookout, how much will it cost you?
According to an American Farm Bureau Federation Survey, getting the supplies you need for ten guests will run you $57.20. The majority of that grocery tab comes from the beef for the burgers, pork for the spare ribs and hot dogs. According to the survey, those items add up to more than a third of the cost of the basket. A one-pound pack of hot dogs will cost $2.29. Four pounds of spare ribs is listed at $12.29. And two pounds of hamburger meat costs $7.86.
Beef prices have been trending upwards due to the effects of last summer's drought conditions in the Midwest. The smallest U.S. cattle herds in decades have tightened supply while demand has increased here at home as well as abroad.
Other items on the grocery list included cheese slices for the burgers, baked beans, watermelon, ketchup and mustard. The entire July 4th meal averages about $6.00 per person.
Overall food prices are slightly higher than this time last year.