There is no shortage of options when it comes time to choose where to cook during the warmer months. Outdoor cooking is more popular than ever. This is due to the convenience and delicious food it offers, as well as its healthy appeal.

A new Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) poll reveals that 52 percent of grilling enthusiasts say great weather adds to their cooking experience, while 31 percent enjoy the casual atmosphere of the outdoors and 28 percent like the ability to accommodate more guests.

“With such a diverse line of grills and smokers, the barbecue industry offers consumers the opportunity to cook anytime, anywhere and anything, whether it’s breakfast, dinner or even dessert,” said Leslie Wheeler, HPBA communications director. “The barbecue industry produces grills for every pocketbook and every lifestyle -; making cooking outdoors even more popular and versatile than ever.”

Grilled Pizza, Peaches and Pies – Oh My!

Although steaks and hamburgers are still a favorite grill dish, chefs are coming up with innovative ways to make delicious off-the-grill meals. You can delight your taste buds with grilled pizzas, quesadillas or vegetable kabobs as well as fruits and desserts at your next grillout.

You can marinate apricots, nectarines, and peaches and grill them to perfection. Just place the halves of fruits on the grill for about three to four minutes or until they become lightly browned. Warm the fruit with ice cream, or frozen yogurt to make a dynamic dessert.

Make sure that your grill is in top shape before your guests arrive at your next cookout. Here are some HPBA Tips:

It’s possible that the grill is too old or has parts that are rusty.

Ensure that you have enough charcoal or a full propane tank to cook the food.

Grilling accessories are just a as important as the food. Grilling baskets are useful for cooking different types of fish and vegetables, while food warmers or insulated grill covers keep food warm until it reaches the plate.

You can find more tips and tricks to ensure delicious barbecues. Also, check out the HPBA website for the latest information on grilling accessories.