Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, I need advice on entertaining! in General Discussion; Well, Ruthie and I have been engaged for a little while now, and now that I'm back in America (THANK ...
Well, Ruthie and I have been engaged for a little while now, and now that I'm back in America (THANK GOD!!!!!!!) we both think it's time to have our first party as a couple. We've invited her family and a few friends over next Saturday to her house and we're planning on having a BBQ. So how do I go about this? Grilling? Beer selection? Pop for the kids? Activities? Music? Etc? Please, any advice welcome, as well as disaster stories!
Follow what Rolex said but if the kids are young get some juice like in juice boxes or caprisun. Don't go crazy, but some times even for a barbecue a cheese platter with some crackers is nice. Make sure you do some kind of simple dessert to like cupcakes or something for the kids.My mom makes a killer Taco salad I could get you the recipe if you want. All I know is we serve it at all the parties and it goes over huge very easy to make too.
BBQs are easy. Serve the beer cold and the BBQ hot. Kids love hot dogs and chips, and you know what adults like. Serve a cold side like potato salad or cole slaw and don't burn or over cook the meat.
Get a big cooler and put a case or two of beer (depends on # of partiers) and then cover em with ice the night before the fiesta. Also, night before, get your ribs prepared (take the membrane off the back of the ribs, and use a good spice rub on both sides, let sit in fridge overnight) Get a few bottles of your fave BBQ sauce (purists will shoot me here, but in the essence of time, buy some...I prefer Bullseye)
Day of fiesta:
Wrap ribs in tin-foil.
Ribs go on coals 3-4 hrs prior to eating...stack coals up like a ramp in your grill (if gas use front burner only) and put ribs away from heat. Use indirect heat for cooking ribs, otherwise they get tough. Put some pre-soaked wood chips (hickory, apple, etc..) in tinfoil and toss em on the coals to smoke it up. About 30 mins prior to serving, lather those ribs up with the sauce! And put the extra on the table for even more goodness!
Burgers/dogs are easy for the rugrats...have some pretzels/chips/tortillas&salsa for pre-grub eats. Get some regular 'sugared' pop and some diet for those who dont like the regular stuff and youre all set.
Music is your choice.....certainly a personal/situational thing...
Good rib advice F.
Great advice all around.
Moreover, I would suggest that
you occupy the kids with all the
crap they like. Set up their treats
in a designated area and add some TV's
with video games, and dig up a ping
pong or air hockey or fooseball table(s) etc.
Hire a babysitter to keep watch and by keeping
the kids occupied and centralized, this will permit
the adults to have more fun.
Good advice from all here; I'll add my own suggestion. I like Stubb's BBQ sauce (not sure if grocery stores in Minnesota carry it, but it's available here). I went to his BBQ restaurant in Austin on a business trip, and the food was great.
P.S. Congratulations on your engagement.
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Hahaha, I won't drink too much , but Florian, your rib recipe sounds damn good! Julie, I'd take that taco salad recipe anytime you'd be willing to share! Thanks everyone!
Here is that recipe. I have never seen this taco salad not go over really big. Plus it serves a lot of people. Enjoy!
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 head of lettuce shredded or chopped
3 tomatoes chopped small
1 can 20 ounces kidney beans drained
1 bag of nacho cheese Doritos crushed
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 bottle of Italian salad dressing
Brown ground beef with chopped onions, add chili powder while browning. Layer lettuce, tomato, kidney beans, meat, & cheese. Just before serving add Doritos(or it will get soggy) pour salad dressing over salad and toss. You will need a 4x12x20 chafing dish. You can buy one of those disposable ones. The size as far as length is not as important as the depth make sure it is at least 4 inches deep.
Thanks Juile! Printed immediately! Sounds delicious. Chad, I was thinking about that actually. It'd be pretty cool if I got all Caddies for my wedding party ya know? Like a few '76 Fleetwood series 75's or something like that!