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In 2022, the average cost for a 10-person summer cookout is around $69.68, which breaks down to around $7 a person. This is an increase of 17 percent from 2021! Last year, the cost of your July 4th cookout averaged $59.50 says American Farm Bureau.

via American Farm Bureau
via American Farm Bureau

This increase is because of continuous supply chain disruptions, inflation, and the war in Ukraine and consumers are not the only ones feeling this. American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Roger Cryan says these factors are also impacting the production of our favorite cookout foods.

Despite higher food prices, the supply chain disruptions and inflation have made farm supplies more expensive; like consumers, farmers are price-takers, not price-makers. Bottom line, in many cases the higher prices farmers are being paid aren’t covering the increase in their farm expenses. The cost of fuel is up and fertilizer prices have tripled.

When you break down the prices for each item of food you’re grilling up this year, beef saw the greatest increase. A market basket survey shows that the price of two pounds of ground beef- $11.12, is up 36 percent from last year. To put that in perspective, at the farm level, beef prices are up 17.5 percent and wholesale beef prices are down 14 percent.

Let’s take a look at how the prices from 2022 look compared to 2021:

Individual Prices, AFBF 2022 Summer Cookout

  • 2 pounds of ground beef, $11.12 (+36%)
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, $8.99 (+33%)
  • 32 ounces of pork & beans, $2.53 (+33%)
  • 3 pounds of center-cut pork chops, $15.26 (+31%)
  • 5 quarts of fresh-squeezed lemonade, $4.43 (+22%)
  • 5 pounds of homemade potato salad, $3.27 (+19%)
  • 8 hamburger buns, $1.93 (+16%)
  • Half-gallon of vanilla ice cream, $5.16 (+10%)
  • 13-ounce bag of chocolate chip cookies, $4.31 (+7%)
  • 2 pints of strawberries, $4.44 (-16%)
  • 1 pound of sliced cheese, $3.53 (-13%)
  • 16-ounce bag of potato chips, $4.71 (-4%)

In 2021, Americans mocked the Biden administration when they posted on social media that Americans were saving 16 cents on their Fourth of July cookouts.

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