??Tis the season for grilling.
Thousands of Missourians are firing up their barbeque pits for some Memorial Day Weekend food and fun.
Hamburgers and pork steaks could come with higher price tags this year.
Betty Sue Bennett had a Memorial Day barbeque with her family at Columbia??s Cosmo Park. She brought some beer brats and hot dogs for the grill.
Bennett said, ??I thought you can??t go wrong that way. It??s a beautiful day. It??s time for family to be together and enjoy my grandchild that I don??t get to see very often.??
Bennett??s daughter-in-law Carrie Smith said high beef and pork prices don??t bother her when she has some traditional Memorial Day food on the grill for her daughter Jo Ann.
Smith said, ??We normally have hamburgers. We didn??t get hamburgers this year.??
Beef and pork prices jumped by 7% compared to last year. That??s not stopping people from barbequing as they look for bargains at the supermarket. Hy-Vee butchers said they have plenty of deals on beef and pork for the holidays. They also make their own barbeque recipes using fish and chicken. They said you can avoid higher prices by buying what??s on sale.
Meat Counter Clerk Jacob De Vries said, ??We have tons of different varieties. If you are looking to be conscious about spending or if you are just looking for flavor, we have the right things for you here.??
Government statistics show the average Memorial Day barbeque for about a dozen people costs about $87 this year. That??s up about $5 from last year.
One of the reasons for higher beef prices is the fact that the United States has the lowest cattle numbers since 1951 and inventory continues to go down.