Blog: Dean BestIn charge of the BBQ? It's the caveman in you

Dean Best | 29 May 2009

It's official: men love barbecuing because it brings out the “primal caveman-type instincts” deep inside.

A study commissioned by the National BBQ Association – released (fancy that) as the UK gets ready for a scorcher of a weekend – reckons men get feelings of “pride and control” like our hunter-gathering ancestors.

One Dr Ludwig F. Lowenstein said the ritual of a barbecue mirrored our early existence.

“Men did the hunting and women did the gathering and looked after the children. Modern man has the same instinct when they stand over a white hot barbecue,” Dr Lowenstein said.

"Just like a primitive caveman he enjoys to cook his food outdoors preferably during fine weather. This is his domain while the house is often his wife's.”

Men regarding barbecuing as their “right and responsibility”, the psychologist said.

“Most women accept the man playing this role in this primeval way but I am sure some resent it too.”

One woman close to just-food said there might be something in Dr Lowenstein's thesis. “Why else would men not be fussed about cooking in the kitchen but go mad for cooking on a BBQ?” she smiled knowingly.


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