Post # 1
We’re thinking about having a BBQ in September to celebrate our new backyard, and I’m trying to put together a menu. I’d prefer not to do hot dogs and hamburgers, just because I feel like like we’ve eaten a gazillion of them lately. 🙂
So far, my menu includes:
- This amazing cheese dip my friend makes
- Chips/fresh raw veggies/assorted dipping items
- fresh fruit salad in a watermelon bowl (I’ve never done this before!)
- These sandwiches, cut up into 3 inch pieces
Anybody have any great recipes? I’m thinking maybe of doing kabobs on the grill… Or something else? What’s your favorite BBQ recipe?
Post # 3
I think you’re on to something with the kebobs…maybe have a “make your own kebob” bar?
Post # 4
@peaches13: That’s a great idea! What ingredients would you want?
- marinated chicken
- marinated beef
- cherry tomatoes
Post # 5
My mom recently had chicken kebabs grilled with green pepper, onion, and orange slices! Which I’d never seen (the oranges I mean), but it was really good!
When I think BBQ I automatically think pork shoulder or beef brisket which you can serve as a sandwich. You could also do ribs!
(ETA: Hey! 1000th post!)
Post # 6
@Mrs. Spring: mushrooms
My latest obsession is sweet potato fries made in the oven. Just get a bag of frozen fries and whip up a batch of secret fry sauce.
Post # 7
I love bringing fresh salsa to BBQ’s, especially with guacamole!
Mine has grilled corn, tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos, black beans, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro! It is pretty yummy! Not to mention it holds up really well.
Post # 8
Love the good ol shrimp cocktail! We had these at a friends wedding I helped with. She got the huge frozen bags and we made our own sauce (YUM). Not too expensive, actually. And everyone always seems to love it.
Post # 9
@MsJeep23: I agree with brisket!
You can do it in the oven and then finish it on the grill.
The problem with a DIY kebob grill is then someone needs to man the grill the entire time.
Something you can make and put out would be a lot easier for you as the host.
To liven up your veggie platter you could do “kebobs” with a toothpick with amozzerella chunk, cherry tomato and a basil leaf, or artichoke heart, olive and fresh oregano leaf etc
I also really like cucumber salads for BBQs. Cool and crisp and a lot of peeople like it.
Here is a different variation of one Sichuan Cuc Salad.
One cucumber, seeded but not peeled, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks.
One bunch cilantro, chopped.
3-5 cloves garlic, minced.
2-3 thai chilies (most other hot chillies will work, but the red ones are really beautiful in the salad).
Vegetable oil or mild olive oil.
Chili oil (optional).
Post # 10
Here’s my fave BBQ salad. I use my food processor to whip this one out in just a few minutes.
peeled cucumber, sliced
red onion coursely diced
2 bell peppers, sliced into strips (I like red, orange or yellow, as they are sweeter than green)
salt, to taste
equal parts vegetable oil and apple cider vinegar for the dressing
Post # 11
Hmmm, we also have a smoker, so we could do a pork shoulder or brisket… And I really love the idea of sweet potato fries! We buy these ones from the store that have a chipotle seasoning. So good!
I still like the idea of kebobs, but maybe we could just make them ourselves and grill them up during the party.
@lefeymw: That cucumber salad looks great, too!
Post # 12
maybe tri-tip and grill chicken with potato salad
Post # 13
I love ‘orange kabobs’ – Chunks of salmon, chunks of peach and chunks of partially steamed yams (marinade the salmon in teriyaki and sesame seeds!)
My Fiance is a very serious griller/smoker and goes on a forum called ‘thevirtualweber’ its chalk FULL of awesome recipes for grilling and smoking! My favorite is beer-in-the-butt chicken (look it up!) it’s a great party topic and it tastes awesome =D
Post # 14
Ah, so many good ideas! I don’t know how I’m going to pick!
Maybe we could do a chicken kebob AND a brisket/tri tip/pork shoulder? That could give people two meat choices… Or the salmon kebob instead of chicken…
Post # 15
@murmur: Yes grilled fruit is fabulous
You should try grilled pineapple with chipotle powder (or chili powder) and finish with a squirt of lime. So simple yet a fabulous side dish
Pinepple brushed with maple syrup and grilled is a great dessert too.
Post # 16
Ok, I’m adding a poll. Vote on what YOU would eat!