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Infographic: The Cost of Grilling around the world

When the sunshine hits, hosting barbecues for family and friends is a long-standing custom in many countries. To help ensure that you don’t overspend during your big barbecue shop, we compare the costs of hosting a barbecue for ten people across a range of barbecue-crazy countries using our International Cost of Grilling rankings.

Infographic showing the cost of a 10 person BBQ in selected locations around the world

The analysis, which uses data from ECA’s latest Cost of Living Survey, is based on a basket of 17 barbecue-friendly items*. Japan is the most expensive location in the world to host a barbecue, costing a whopping USD 264. Those based in South Africa will be delighted to hear that they can host the same barbecue for less than half the price, at USD 119 – the cheapest of our Cost of Grilling rankings!

For people working or travelling abroad, there will always be surprises when everyday products carry massive premiums or offer fantastic value. For instance, you can get a 500ml can of beer for USD 0.74 in Kiev, compared to USD 6.42 in Amman. A major factor to consider here is the 200% import tariff on beer in Jordan. Beef steak costs an average USD 63 per kilo in Zurich, which is more than ten times as much as in Antananarivo, Madagascar, where it would only set you back just over USD 5.

Those of you having a barbecue this weekend should spare a thought for people in Hong Kong, where 500g of tomatoes will set them back USD 4.75 (the same quantity costs USD 1.31 in the UK) and a chicken will cost over USD 16.50 per kilogram (it costs less than USD 5 in the UK).

*ECA’s full basket of barbecue goods
Product Quantity
Beef Steak 1 kilogram
Sausages 1 kilogram
Prawns/Shrimps 1 kilogram
Pork Chops 1 kilogram
Chicken 1 kilogram
Mushrooms 500 grams
Tomatoes 500 grams
Green Peppers 500 grams
Onions 500 grams
Potatoes 1 kilogram
White Bread 1 kilogram
Cheese (Hard) 500 grams
Tomato Ketchup 500 grams (one large bottle)
Canned Beer 5 litres
Gin 1 bottle
Wine 2 bottles
Soft Drink 5 litres



ECA publishes Cost of Living data for more than 460 cities around the world. It is available from ECA in several forms: as part of a subscription in a calculator which allows you to experiment with different types of index and review the outputs; in reports, providing background detail for specific indices; and as part of the Build-up Calculator for performing balance-sheet remuneration calculations. Cost of living data is also pre-populated in ECAEnterprise, our Assignment Management System, and in our Net-to-Net Calculator.

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