Montana is cattle country. In fact, there are nearly more cattle in Montana than people. This makes you wonder how beef prices can be so high in a state where beef is so plentiful. Not only do we have a fair number of cattle, but we are also home to many of the other ingredients it takes to put on a proper barbecue.

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According to a recent study from Total Shape

The research, pulled together by Total Shape, is based on the current cost of grocery items - including beef, cheese, and bread - compared against the average salary in each state, to identify where people have to pay the most to purchase the same BBQ ingredients. In Montana, a 10-person BBQ will cost $142, with the most expensive item being cheese at a huge $27.93 per kg. This is 125% higher than the national average ($12.36). But this doesn’t mean that states with the highest salaries are guaranteed to be able to afford to host a party this July, as grocery prices have risen across the board this year.

Maybe it's time we fire up the grill and have a REAL Montana barbecue this summer. Find a neighbor with a freezer full of elk, bison, or venison and have a classic Montana 4th of July BBQ.

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