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Do you expect burgers and sausages at a BBQ

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ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 12:00

I am planning a BBQ for about 30 people, mostly adults/teens. I am thinking of cooking pulled pork in the oven to finish on the BBQ and also chicken skewers. Plus loads of bread, salad, olives etc.

As a non meat eater I wonder if this menu will meet with everyone's expectation - my main reason is I love cooking and burgers etc are so boring.

If you are invited to a BBQ do you expect traditional food or do you like something a bit different.

I realise pulled pork isn't exactly cutting edge food but my family seem to like it Grin

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IHaveBrilloHair · 10/06/2016 17:02

I'd say no to beef and prawn, they need to be cooked so differently.
Lamb burgers yes, lovely with the courgettes.
I like salmon on the barbecue in foil with lime and ginger but perhaps too many flavours then?
I'm just jealous because I live in a flat do cant barbecue anymore.

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 17:07

I would have thought king prawns and steak would take the same time to cook - I guess it depends on how rare you like your meat!

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NameChange30 · 10/06/2016 17:22

I'm quite amused by the idea that you WANT to spend hours preparing all the food, and couldn't possibly serve burgers unless they're homemade Grin It's all very Mumsnet and middle class Grin

But seriously, the food you're planning sounds absolutely delicious.

IHaveBrilloHair · 10/06/2016 17:22

I like mine rare, but not everyone does so getting that right for a crowd, or them being cooked and sitting even for a few minutes I cant see working.
I think steak is better left whole really.

mylovegoesdown · 10/06/2016 17:30

It depends.

Most barbecues I've gone to with 10 plus people have some fish/prawn/scallop or chicken skewer kebabs, maybe pulled pork and some steak or chops but limited to one or two per person as they're expensive items when you're catering for a lot of people.

And then people fill up on burgers and sausages, especially if it's a long event and people are drinking alcohol.

GraysAnalogy · 10/06/2016 17:32

It doesn't seem much of a BBQ if there's not much meat cooking going on. I don't eat a lot of meat but at a BBQ I'd expect burgers and sausages.

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 17:34

Ihave yes, you are right - halloumi is the same, it has to be served straight away.

Anotheremma I just enjoy cooking - I don't get much chance as I often work weekends. Providing good food is how I show my love for other Grin and I love the planning as much as the cooking itself.

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ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 17:36


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10tinycrabs · 10/06/2016 17:42

I would not expect sausages or burgers or any other specific food and would be a very happy and grateful guest with the food you are preparing.

GraysAnalogy · 10/06/2016 17:45

Yes obviously everyone is going to be bloody grateful but the thread was about expectations, and the stereotypical BBQ has burgers and sausages. I probably wouldn't eat them I'd love her other dishes but OP asked what people would expect to see at a BBQ.

Statelychangers · 10/06/2016 17:50

If I did burgers I'd make them myself, mince beef with bacon 2:1 - home made Russian tarragon dressing, cheese, brioche buns, nothing dull about that! And as for sausages some are awful but again top quality sausages with good bread and fried onions is a happy thing to eat for most people.

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 17:52

It doesn't seem much of a BBQ if there's not much meat cooking going on.

Now to me, two choices of meat seems plenty Grin

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GraysAnalogy · 10/06/2016 17:53

Yes but you asked for other people's opinions, and that's mine.

GraysAnalogy · 10/06/2016 17:54

I'm interested as to what you're putting on the pulled pork, I like a bit of pulled pork but it's always covered in sickly sweet sauce Angry. DH makes a chilli and black pepper one which is good.

foursillybeans · 10/06/2016 17:54

I would probably offer burgers. It will fill up hungry teens and fussy eaters. You might find the pulled pork if offered with rolls goes quicker than you expect with teens stuffing their faces.

NapQueen · 10/06/2016 17:55

Pulled pork doesn't feel like a BBq food - is it even possible to BBq it?

Kebabs yes, plus some good quality chipolata sausages (long one obvs) plus some thin steaks or ribs.

Halloumi. Please tell me there will be halloumi.

GraysAnalogy · 10/06/2016 17:56

That's a good point, there's always someone who's a gannet (like myself) so some cheaper burgers for filler food would perhaps be a good idea?

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 17:57

Ooh Stately that sounds good. I picked up sainsburys magazine as it had a bbq special feature - there was a recipe for sausages with beer braised onions. That should satisfy the hard core traditionalists.

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BobbieMarie · 10/06/2016 18:00

I'd do a few burgers & sausages aswell. I love a bbq but I am extremely fussy. I'll only eat certain sausages, I don't eat salad or anything like that so usually I only end up eating the burgers & the chicken if there is chicken.
So if definitely do a few just for people who like them Smile

expatinscotland · 10/06/2016 18:01

As long as there was plenty of food, I wouldn't mind. I had some sea bass and hot smoked salmon BBQ'd the other week and they were divine.

idontlikealdi · 10/06/2016 18:02

Pulled pork originated from BBQ cooking - low and slow.

I'm not sure what happens at BBQs when some people feel the need to eat 10x much meat as they normally would eg sausage, burger, piece of chicken and maybe a kebab for good measure. Indoors you'd just have the burger!

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant · 10/06/2016 18:04

Napqueen pulled pork is THE American BBQ dish.

The recipe I have is a bbq sauce made with the cooking juices and various other ingredients, I had planned to serve it on the side as an optional extra.

There will be halloumi Smile

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Hoppinggreen · 10/06/2016 18:09

scenes we do a whole seabass. You can get them frozen in lidl

DonkeyHotay · 10/06/2016 18:09

I would add burgers/sausages/hotdogs because they are so easy. When we have a BBQ, they get things off to a start.

I'd have the other things as well. For cooking times I cook the same type of skewers on separate like beef, prawns, haloumi, veggies, potatoes. We have burgers etc then nicer BBQ food. If things have kicked early in the day, we sometimes have kebabs for a supper BBQ.

All of your food sounds lovely.

BitOutOfPractice · 10/06/2016 18:11

ScenesFromAnItalianRestaurant I was going to give you some favour suggestions and then I saw your user name and realised I would have that song on my mind all weekend Angry


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