Well done, men do love to BBQ
MANY women have long suspected it; now a survey has found that Australians believe men man the barbecue because they are cavemen at heart.
The national survey, conducted by BeefEater Barbecues, shows that while 89% of women do the cooking in the kitchen, compared to just 23% of their partners, when it comes to the great outdoors, the men own the apron strings, with 92% taking charge of the barbecue.
When asked why men seemed reluctant to cook indoors but took control of the barbecue outdoors, 77% of their female partners sited "caveman instinct" as the key reason.
"Gathering around an open flame to cook meat and share a drink and banter with your mates is part of being a bloke," said BeefEater Barbecues general manager Hal Linstrom.
"It's what men have done since cavemen times and our survey shows that nothing much has changed.
"Carving out your own space away from the day-to-day family life is part of the instinct of the suburban caveman."
Almost half (40%) of those surveyed said their partners had a special man-cave, shed or separate space they liked to hang out in by themselves or with their mates.
Barbecue competition is also common among men, with 50% of those surveyed saying their male partners liked to show off their barbecue cooking skills to their mates and 76% had suffered "barbecue envy" over a friend's new barbecue.
"There is clearly some one-up-manship that comes with male barbecue behaviour," Mr Linstrom said.
The survey also reveals that while the modern day caveman likes to wield the tongs, he prefers to let his partner take over the rest of the barbecue meal, with 92% of women preparing the salads, accompaniments and sides.
Barbecue quotes through the ages that may or may not be true:
"It is better to have burnt and lost, than never to have barbecued at all." William Shakespeare
"It is a far, far better barbecue that I have now, than I have ever had before." Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
"Always wear something sensible when cooking at the barbecue." Lady Godiva
"I always think that the right background music is an essential part of a good barbecue." Nero
"Spare rib anyone?" Adam
"I would much prefer Bacon not to be on the menu." William Shakespeare
"Give a man a barbecue, feed him for a day. Teach a man to barbecue and feed him for the summer." JC
"Invite couples with children. Everyone loves children - especially if they are cooked properly." WC Fields