Post # 1
So great news my fiance wanted BBQ for our wedding but we just couldnt swing for what the caterer’s were asking… so my sister and brother in law asked us the other day if they would like them to cook for our wedding.
Since we are doing a low key picnic rustic barn reception anyways i think it is perfect
Brother in law loves hosting BBQ’s and are always cooking for big church functions and parties and such so they are use to cooking for a ton of people.
So the idea is they are gonna do pork BBQ
I need to come up with a couple of sides that would be easy to make ahead in large quantities & appeal to me masses.
I am also wondering if I shouldnt have another option avaliable for ppl who either dont eat pork or like bbq or for the kids
Post # 4
I hate bbq so personally, i probably would pick at some salad or bread. Pork and bbq are two things i really don’t like, especially together. Can you leave some on the side without any sauce all over it? Especially if anyone has a gluten tolerance–bbq could be a no-no.
sides: salads are good, rolls (cornbread! yum!), glazed carrots, corn, beans (very easy to make ahead), potato salad (make early/refrigerate)…
Post # 5
Since our wedding is pretty small of less than 100 people…. we do parties and family functions with this sort of food all the time and everyone seems to enjoy it. I can only think of one person who doesnt eat pork it is a good friend of mine and she just recently made the decission to stop eating pork. And I dont know if all of the kids would like bbq so i was thinking of having some sort of chicken option as well but im not sure how to do this to ensure that ppl kinda choose one of the other so i dont have to purchases enough of each to feed each person… then have double the amount of meat that wont be ate
I was thinking of Potato Salad & maybe coleslaw… I was considering doing Buns and doing more of a sandwich type bbq than a full meal. What type of bread should i go with though.
Usually what they do is cook a whole pig… but i told them i didnt want the pig cooked at my reception because if i see it… i just cant eat it and I dont like it without being simmer in the bbq. So I think that if they cook the pig since it cooks for a long time anyways I am gonna see if they will do it maybe the day before then just pull it apart and perhaps simmer some of it in bbq and some without… Then we will just have it in the chafing dishes to keep it warm.
Post # 6
I think some kind of pasta salad, like tortellini pesto salad would be good!
Post # 7
Hmmm, just a suggestion, but since Sister and Brother In law are already BBQing for you guys (saving alot of money!) perhaps just buy the sides?
Post # 8
mmm tortellini salad is SO yummy! The regular potato/pasta salad, rolls, maybe homemade mac n cheese for sides and anyone that doesn’t like bbq. Kids love mac n cheese!
Post # 9
Well Aug8 depending on what it is we might consider that but my mom already volunteered to help to as did his parents and grandparents…
mac & cheese is an awesome idea but…… i wonder how you could keep it warm and not all dried out ?
Post # 10
I second the pasta salad. There are so many types to choose from. Plus they are always so yummy 🙂
Post # 11
OMG its 10:50 here and my mouth is now salivating for BBQ –
Some of my favorite BBQ sides include……
- potatoe salad
- cole slaw
- baked beans
- orzo salad – made 24 hrs prior
- multi colored pasta salad – made 24 hrs prior
EDIT = foil wrapped grilled corn, mmmmmmm
Post # 12
Oh in that case I think you’re fine! Especially if there are sides….and most kids I know like bbq…kids especially! I’m just sort of a weirdo about pork and bbq
Oh and homemade mac and cheese sounds AMAZING. that’s a big crowd pleaser!
Some fruit trays would be nice….fruit’s always nice outside with a bbq I think!
Also, my mom makes something called Frog Eye Salad. It has acini pasta, a bunch of fruit, marshmallows, and coconut. It’s like a fruit salad but not the crappy canned+cool whip kind. It’s delicious.
Post # 13
Now I really want potato salad! I think that’s a great idea, very BBQ/picnic-y!
ESJ made good suggestions too, a garden salad would be delicious and a vegetarian friendly option. You could have corn on the cob or some other sort of veggie. Maybe a like a tuna/noodle/pea/cheese chunks type pasta salad? It’s not taste specific and is super cheap to make! All this stuff screams checkered tablecloth-laid back BBQ to me.
Post # 14
Oh and I forgot WATERMELON! Oh man I am soo jealous of your menu, can I come?
Post # 15
Corn on the cob! Grilled!!!
Mac N Cheese
Grilled Summer Vegetables (eggplant, zuchinni, etc)
Being from TN I can’t imagine many guests will dislike BBQ!
I would go with rolls or more like a Texas Toast style?
Post # 16
NOt sure if this was mentioned above but keep in mind that potato salad can spoil if it isn’t kept cold. I’ve seen people but the bowl of potato salad inside a tray filled with ice. Just hate for anyone to get a tummy ache at your wedding 🙂
Other easy options is a big pot of beans. We’ve done this for ours and it is super easy to cook up.
Don’t foget sliced onions and pickles. If you go the sandwich way, you can put out an assortment of chips.