Why choose BBQ catering?
There's nothing more classic than a BBQ meal. BBQ catering offers that home-cooked feel that fits perfectly into any event, from birthday parties to corporate gatherings. Catering your event with BBQ food means there's something for everyone. Even vegetarians can fill up a plate with options like beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and cornbread. Many catering services can also prepare main dishes to accommodate different dietary preferences at your corporate event.
What main courses and sides can I order for BBQ?
The catering menu for a BBQ restaurant will look a little different based on the one you choose, but many menu items are staples. Typical main course options include:
- Pulled pork
- Pulled chicken
- Chicken wings
When it comes to sides, you can choose a couple or all the options to give your guests more variety. Common side dishes you'll see on a BBQ catering menu might include:
- Baked beans
- Mac and cheese
- Pasta salad
- Potato salad
- Mashed potatoes
- Grilled vegetables
How much food should I order?
Knowing how much food to order can be one of the most challenging parts of placing a BBQ catering order. The meat is important, as it's the main dish. You don't want to run out before everyone makes it through the food line. Plan for one-third to one-half pound of meat per adult in the crowd. For ribs, ordering three per person should keep your guests satisfied. When it comes to sides, calculate about 4 to 5 ounces per person. Here are some estimates for different crowd sizes:
- 10 people: 4 to 5 pounds of meat, 30 ribs
- 20 people: 7 to 10 pounds of meat, 60 ribs
- 50 people: 17 to 25 pounds of meat, 150 ribs
- 100 people: 34 to 50 pounds of meat, 300 ribs
These are just estimates and might not be exact. Your BBQ catering vendor can help you calculate the amount of food you need based on your group size.
Is there anything I should keep in mind when ordering BBQ catering?
When you search for BBQ catering in your area, keep in mind that menu options can vary significantly. But no matter what you choose, expect a mess. All that juicy meat and BBQ sauce is bound to drip. Start with tablecloths to keep your tables in good shape. Your guests also need plenty of utensils to enjoy the sides and napkins to wipe their mouths and hands. Wet wipes can also come in handy when you choose BBQ catering.
Another thing to consider is the beverage menu to wash down all that tasty BBQ. If you want to go the classic BBQ route, offer lemonade, iced tea, and water. Rounding out the experience with cookies and other dessert options keeps everyone satisfied.
What's the difference between barbecuing and grilling?
Many people use barbecuing and grilling interchangeably, but true chefs know they're not the same. Grilling occurs when you cook food outside over a grill with the lid up. It's usually hot and fast, often with flames leaving perfect sear marks on the meat. Barbecuing is similar, but you typically use a lower heat source and close the lid, allowing the heat to build up around the food to cook it. It's also common to let barbecued meats sit for a half hour or so to let the juice absorb back into the meat.