(Closed) Which 2 meats and which 3 sides would you pick?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Choose 2 from the first 3 and then choose 3 from the rest

    PULLED PORK- injected and spice rubbed, apple wood smoked for 18 hrs

    PORK LOIN OR TENDERLOIN- spiced rubbed cooked over charcoal

    JERK CHICKEN or BBQ CHICKEN- mild jerk chicken marinade





    PASTA SALAD – oil dressing or pesto dressing


  • Post # 16
    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    lknatbrghtsde:  my cost was $2500 for 100 guests.

    Post # 17
    5387 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    ana2017:  For meats, I would pick pulled pork (I think it’s more popular than porkloin or tenderloin), BBQ chicken (can be Jerk chicken too but Jerk can be too spicy or have too strong licorice taste for some people). 

    For carbs, baked potatoes and mac & cheese.  For veggies,  Greek salad OR grilled veggies. 

    Post # 18
    1349 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    Where are you getting married? I live in MD and am planning to have BBQ at my wedding as well. The caterer we’re most likely going with charges $12/person for 2 meats, 3 sides, and 2 breads. We can also get tea ($6/gallon) and fresh-squeezed lemonade ($8/gallon). (Soda is 99 cents a can, so we’re thinking of just doing tea and lemonade and purchasing our own alcohol.)

    Post # 19
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think pulled pork and jerk chicken would be the most popular meats.

    Since the main meal is so heavy, I’d suggest both Greek salad and grilled veggies as a side and only offer one carb. Mac and cheese would work as both a side and as a main for vegetarians. 

    Post # 21
    4054 posts
    Honey bee

    Pulled pork, bbq chicken, grilled veggies, baked potatoes, mac & cheese

    Post # 22
    7598 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    OP I think you need to reconsider some of the items you eliminated. Brisket, ribs, potato salad and cole slaw are all very popular choices that people expect at a BBQ. If you have NONE of them, people will feel disappointed. $25/person may be cheaper than $29 but it’s a huge waste if people don’t enjoy the food. I think you need to think more about what your guests would want, and less about what you personally want.

    Post # 23
    67 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    Post # 24
    1987 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think pulled pork, BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, grilled veg and Mac and cheese sound great! You’ve covered anyone who doesn’t eat pork, vegetarians, non-dairy. While potato salad, coleslaw etc are typical BBQ items, I don’t think you have to have them. I would be totally happy with the meal outlined above. 


    Also- I think the foods outlined above are easy to serve and eat outside With plastic utensils. 

    Post # 25
    2314 posts
    Buzzing bee

    BBQ is supposed to be comfort food, I would not eliminate sides that coordinate well becasue they are always done.  I am actually finding it difficult to put together a plate that makes sense with your options.

      I would do, grilled veggies, mac& cheese, and potato salad (if it were an option).  Given the options I think the flavors are too different and would compete.  I would not care to do a pasta salad or leaf salad in lieu of some hearty BBQ staples.  The baked potato is the next best choice, but unless you are having a bar full of topping options I think it would be a poor choice since there are so many ways to eat a potato.  

    Maybe your caterer can provide a side salad at the beginning of the meal instead of using a salad as a side. That will give you more options to include with dinner.  

    Whatever you do, do not substitute a Starch for a Veggie.  Many people would be very upset if  presented a meal with all meat and Carbs, It is also kinda strange to have two pastas, like mac & cheese and pasta salad.  

    Post # 26
    2989 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    YAAAAS I’ve always wanted to attend a BBQ wedding! 

    I’d definitely choose pulled pork, because it’s literally the greatest thing ever, and BBQ chicken, so you have two distinct meats instead of “pig 2 ways”. The grilled veggies and mac and cheese would definitely be sides. But it’s hard to choose a third side! I went with caesar salad because BBQ meats and mac and cheese are so heavy, but I also want the baked potato…

    Post # 27
    639 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I would do pulled pork & BBQ chicken, with Greek salad, baked potato, and pasta salad. If baked beans were an option I’d nix the pasta salad and choose baked beans instead (delicious with BBQ!) 

    Post # 28
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Your menu sounds amazing! But I do have to say, it sounds expensive for BBQ, which is usually a cheaper food option. We’re doing BBQ just outside of NYC, and for 2 meats and 3 sides it’s going to be $18/person. Of course, that is just for having the food dropped off, no staff.

    I don’t say this to shame you on the cost, just, it sounds like you might be able to save some money here.

    Post # 29
    1349 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

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    ana2017:  Ohh, okay. Maryland is definitely too far away from you then. Haha. But I guess the value of a $ is different in Canada anyway, so maybe it’s not as much as I was thinking it was. Good luck!

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