(Closed) bbq vs a good steak?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@rawrrawr:  nothing better than a good surf n’ turf. I would be sooooo stoked. AND mac n’ cheese? Damn…can I come? 

Post # 4
7216 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@rawrrawr:  Wait… what threads are you reading where people don’t like fancy food? I know there are a lot where people say you don’t HAVE TO have fancy food… but who’s gonna say no to surf n’ turf?

Post # 5
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A good steak and mac n cheese… Count me in!

Post # 7
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I really wanted steak at my buffet, but I have read in a couple of places that steak can be tricky cuz it tends to keep cooking once it’s in the heating trays and tends to dry out. other then that I really prefer a good old steak over bbq, it’s less messy! 

Post # 8
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Unless the steaks are being cooked to order, I’d rather have BBQ.  I like my steak pretty rare and it seems impossible to get it cooked that way at events.  If the steaks are going to be cooked en masse it will be impossible to accommodate everyone’s temperature preferences, and IMO there is no wedding food worse than an overdone steak!

As for “fancy food” the problem is that it doesn’t always translate well when cooked and served en masse.  Even if it’s amazing at your tasting, they probably just cooked it (it hasn’t been sitting in the back of the house in chafing dishes) and they only had to make 2 servings vs. 75 servings at your wedding.  I actually love fancy food, but my Darling Husband and I go to fine restaurants to get that, not weddings.

The foods that taste the best when made for a crowd tend to be more casual foods, like BBQ.

Post # 9
2778 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@rawrrawr:  I’d do a BBQ people can be really fussy about steak (I know my husband really is) and so it seems like a poor option.  With BBQ and buffet people could have more than one plate as well.

Post # 10
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@rawrrawr:  I eat anything when it’s something I don’t have to pay for.  I love BBQ but I also enjoy a good steak.  I agree with @sailor:  It’s not really that the fancy food isn’t good, it’s just that it’s difficult to serve high quality fancy food in large quantities.  Plus, as much as I lvoe omlet stations and meat carving stations, I hate having to wait for my food so waiting for a steak to be cooked to order at a wedding would make me impatient (especially if I already had to wait for the food to start being served and wait in line for my steak.)

Post # 11
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

A good steak and nice seafood get my vote over BBQ any day.  Then again, I’m just a tasty steak kind of gal (though I’m pretty tempermental about how its cooked and steak or seafood that’s been sitting around in a heating pan is never tasty).  Is an attended buffet like a carving station type of thing?

Post # 13
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Both sound amazing tbh!!

I’m doing bbq and my guests couldn’t be more excited.

Post # 14
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The only issue is that the fancier meals, especially the protein part (steak or fish) often don’t end up feeling as fancy or tasting as good when they’re cooked for a large amount of people all at once. Many fancier foods, like steak/fish for example, are delicate things and people have a lot of preferences about them and expectations that are not always met by a caterer’s mass-cooked version, whereas bbq/hamburgers are harder to screw up and easier to do well for a big group at one time.

Based on your average caterer, I’d rather have bbq if it wasn’t too messy. If they are really magical with their steak, I’d rather have that, but knowing nothing about them, I’d lean bbq.

Post # 15
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I am one of few people who just doesn’t dig steak.  I’d be stoked for BBQ!

Post # 16
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Both sound good to me, but I’d probably prefer the “fancy” food!

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