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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 2:23 pm 

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Maybe I should clarify. Around me the term BBQ is used interchangably with 'cook-out'. Basically outdoor grilled or pinic food.

I'm planning a menu for about 20-15 adults 10-15 kids and I'm stuck in a rut. I need some new idea's and also want to make sure I'm not missing something that people expect.

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What socio-economic bracket and geographic region are you targeting?

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just the basics.. hot dogs or burgers

if you want to get fancy with it.. some tri-tip, marinated chicken, or some oysters always do the trick =)


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Bratwurst.

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Some of my bbq/outdoor favorites:

Sangria
Iced Tea
Moroccan-style Mint Iced Tea
Homemade Fruit Punch with Frozen Watermelon Balls or Frozen Berries
Mojitos
Rosé and White Wines (from Spain and the south of France)

Chips and Guacamole
Homemade Salsa
Fresh, Raw Veggies with Hummus and Baba Ganouj
Tabbouleh
Greek Salad
Potato Salad with homemade mayo (keep refrigerated!)
Parsnip Casserole
Marinated Mushrooms
Cucumber Salad (in vinaigrette or in an Indian raita)
Flatbreads (pita, naan, chapatis, tortillas, etc.) for the grill
Fruit Salad (toss with balsamic vinegar)

Kabobs (skewered chicken, lamb, shrimp--consider marinating in a tandoori sauce first)
Roasted or Grilled Veggies (red peppers, eggplant, zucchini)
Grilled Portabella and Goat Cheese sandwiches
Turkey Burgers with Guacamole
Thai Grilled Beef salad (Yum Nua)
Thai Summer Rolls (w/ cilantro, shrimp, cellophane noodles, basil, etc.)
Asian Slaw (shredded lettuce or cabbage with carrots, etc. and sesame oil and soy)
Spanish Tortilla or Italian Frittata
Ceviche (especially shrimp)
Asian Chicken Salad (shredded chicken with cilantro, noodles, etc.)
Smoked Salmon with Crusty Bread
Grilled Fish (esp. tuna or salmon brushed with miso or other marinade)
Mexican-style Pork (carnitas) cooked on the grill
Fajitas
Clambake (can even be done in a pot or in foil on a grill)
Grilled Beef and Radicchio Salad (toss with vinaigrette)

Rhubarb Tart or Pie
Pecan Pie (reheated on grill)
Anything Cobbler (whatever's local and fresh)
Bananas wrapped in foil, heated on grill, then drizzled with honey
Chocolate molten cakes (individual)
Grilled peaches
Banana Bread or Cranberry Bread Pudding
Halwa (Middle Eastern/ Indian carrot pudding)
Rice Pudding (use lots of cardamom)

Ice wine
Port
Sherry
Pineau de Charentes
Scotch


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One easy and delicious variation on typical barbecue fare is to do barbecued pizzas.

Just make some pizza dough (very simple, just flour, yeast, water, salt, maybe some rosemary sprinkled in just before you knead) and let it rise for an hour, punch down, and then cut into pieces that will fit in the palm of your hand. Roll out each piece into a round. Put them on the grill for 2 minutes then flip and grill for another 2 minutes. They will puff up and get nice grill marks. You can be very creative with toppings; one good combination is grated zucchini with lemon juice, plus roasted red peppers marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Sprinkle some cut fresh basil leaves on top and coarsely grated Parmesan cheese. Unbelievably delicious and quite simple to make; whenever I make this for friends they demand the recipe.


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Things I love to eat at cook-outs:

Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, catfish, etc.
For something different try shrimp on skewers

Mustard Potato Salad
Baked beans
Tortilla chips & salsa or potato chips & sour cream-based dip
(tip: Get a super hot habenero salsa and mix it with softened or whipped cream cheese for a great dip)
Veggie tray: carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, with creamy dip (like ranch)
Fruit Tray: Melons, strawberries, orange slices, pineapple rings
Waldorf salad: chopped apples, walnuts, celery, raisins, in a light dressing of mayo and lemon juice
Tortilla rolls - mix cream cheese, black olives and a little can of diced green chiles, then spread it on flour tortillas.
Roll those up, slice into rounds & fix with a toothpick. Big hit at my house.

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Some more information would be helpful. Are your guests expecting "traditional" BBQ food, or are they a bit more adventurous? We've done Nan (indian flatbread) on the grill that was fantastic. Kabobs can be fun. Brats are always good, I'm a big fan of salmon. Heck, you can cook just about anything on the grill. As far as side dishes, Potato Salad is a staple, but there are dozens of kinds. Coleslaw is the same way. Kids love watermelon. Fruit salad is good. Pasta salad is also very common. Veggies and dip are good for kids to much on to keep them away from the dinner food till it's ready. Don't forget beverages, and possibly a dessert.

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It'll be a burgers and dogs event. I get stuck on what to serve as side dishes/alt's to meat. I've found myself edging towards a primarily vegetarian/seafood diet but I don't know many options at this point. Green salad's never do well with this crowd.

Drinks will be easy: beer, soda juice boxes and bottled water. Anytime I buy wine, it gets thrown out and it's not a mixed drinks crowd.

Dessert: I'll fire up the chocolate fountain, a big hit with adults and kids. And for people who insist on bringing something, I'll tell them I'm light on dessert.

Thanks for the idea's so far.


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I'll fire up the chocolate fountain

What is a chocolate fountain? My mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities.

Around these parts, a traditional BBQ involves hamburgers and hot dogs. There might be other options if it's a big cookout, but those are the essentials. If there are vegetarians, there are usually veggie burgers. Typical sides include chips, potato salad, black olives (not all the time, but often), and beans of some sort. Dessert usually involves cookies, cake, and/or ice cream treats.


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You might get some ideas here:

http://www.bbqu.net/recipes4.html

I think the cinnamon grilled peaches look AMAZING.

If you are looking for vegetable sides, I'd suggest:

corn-on-the-cob (traditional, but tasty)
crudité/veggie tray with dips and hummus (chill anything dairy)
chips and salsa (you can go about a zillion different directions with salsa)
sesame noodle salad (also called chinese noodle salad)

Have some fruit available for the chocolate fountain, and you're all set.

I hate mayonnaise, and it spoils quickly in the heat, so were it me, I'd skip coleslaw and mayo-based potato salads (you can do olive-oil and lemon juice versions if you still want potato salad). Your tastes and chilling capacities may vary.

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Sounds like RJ has been reading "Get Poor Quickly" instead of this site!


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jdroth wrote:
I'll fire up the chocolate fountain

What is a chocolate fountain? My mouth is watering just thinking about the possibilities.

Around these parts, a traditional BBQ involves hamburgers and hot dogs. There might be other options if it's a big cookout, but those are the essentials. If there are vegetarians, there are usually veggie burgers. Typical sides include chips, potato salad, black olives (not all the time, but often), and beans of some sort. Dessert usually involves cookies, cake, and/or ice cream treats.


a chocolate fountain is like a champagne fountain. http://www.chocolatefonduefountains.com/ I have found that the things that people like to dip the best are strawberries and pretzels. I've tried rice crispy treats, pound cake and others but they are never as successful as dippers.


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pszalapski wrote:
Sounds like RJ has been reading "Get Poor Quickly" instead of this site!


Hey, I didn't say I would pay for all of these things! :)


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