Updated: 07/01/2014 7:27 AM
Created: 06/30/2014 3:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Joe Mazan
It's a barbecue bummer! This July Fourth holiday, meat prices are up.
Beef, pork, and poultry prices have spiked about 8 percent since this time last year - soaring to an all-time high.
Experts say the dramatic cost spike is due in part to a drought in California, thin cattle herds, and a recent pork virus.
Rick Reams, the owner of RJ's Meats in Hudson, says you can expect to spend more for your sizzle on the grill.
"If they're doing hamburgers or hot dogs on the grill, it's only going to be a couple dollars a meal," Reams said. "The better stuff is a couple of dollars more per person, so it's another trend and phase we're just going to have to tough it out."
One good sign for your barbecue: the prices of soda, ketchup, and mustard usually drop at this time of year.