Shrinking cattle herds drive up BBQ costs

Americans will pay more for their backyard barbecues this Fourth of July, according to the inaugural Rabobank BBQ Index. The index examines the composition of a 10-person barb­­ecue, showing an overall price increase from $51.90 in 2004 to a total of $66.82 in 2014.

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Rabobank BBQ Index tracks the price of typical barbecue ingredients, from main dishes of...

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