If there is one type of food that many people like, it's BBQ. If you're planning a special event and want to please many guests, consider serving BBQ, no matter what type of occasion it is.
While BBQ is traditionally known as summer cuisine, you can also serve it at fall and winter events if you choose to have it catered. If you don't make the meal yourself, consider having it brought into your celebration by either a professional BBQ catering service or a local BBQ restaurant.
A BBQ-inspired menu is appropriate for almost any type of special event, from casual birthday parties and holiday get-togethers, to more elegant bridal and baby showers, and even wedding receptions. Since BBQ is versatile, you can either prepare the food in the traditional way using home-style ingredients, or with a more gourmet twist.
Although BBQ meals are centered around some type of meat, such as burgers, steaks or ribs, you'll also be able to cater to the vegetarians and vegans on your guest list. For instance, there are many type of meat alternatives that you can grill, as well as hearty side dishes that will help round out the lunch or dinner.
Here are some BBQ-inspired menu ideas to consider for your next special event:
1. Pulled Pork and Chicken
One type of classic BBQ fare is either pulled pork or chicken. Not only is the meat typically tender and juicy, it can be served in a variety of ways. For instance, toss it with your favorite barbecue sauce and then pile it onto hamburger buns or rolls. Guests can easily enjoy the sandwiches as they mix and mingle throughout the event.
As a vegetarian option, you can grill firm tofu or tempeh, coat it with sauce, and then serve on a bed of lettuce. Serving the barbecue-slathered protein by itself, along with sides, is another idea.
2. Southern-Style Sides
Complement any type of barbecued meat with classic Southern-style side dishes for a complete meal. Some mouthwatering options include creamy potato salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, French fries, and fresh vegetables served with ranch dressing.
Also, don't forget the cornbread or biscuits, served with butter and honey. Finish the meal with a sweet dessert. You can choose a fresh, seasonal fruit platter; a sweet potato, peach, pecan, or apple pie served with ice cream; or milkshakes and root beer floats.