When you're about to host a party, one of the key decisions you will need to make is what type of cuisine to serve. There are caterers who will bring Italian food, American favorites, and even Asian dishes upon request. But one cuisine stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to catered parties, and that is barbecue. From sticky, saucy ribs to spicy pork shoulders, here are four good reasons why barbecue is the cuisine of choice for a catered event.
1. Most people like it.
Some cuisines are polarizing and less familiar. For example, some people may not like or be very familiar with Asian cuisine. Barbecue is on the opposite side of the spectrum. Almost everyone has had it, probably often, and will be familiar with it. Nobody is going to be shocked at the dishes or have a million questions as to what they are.
2. It's easily modified for special diets.
Most barbecue dishes are meat-based, which is not ideal for vegans and vegetarians. But it is easy for a barbecue catering service to toss in some vegetarian options. Marinated, grilled carrots are a common choice. Marinated and grilled tofu also goes along with the barbecue theme and fits most plant-based diets. As for those who eat gluten-free, low-carb, or keto diets, many barbecue dishes fit the bill, too.
3. It encourages people to let their guard down.
At a party, you really want people to let their guard down, make friends, and mingle. Barbecue is a cuisine that encourages this mentality. Although it is tasty, it is not fancy. You eat it with your hands, there's a lot of sauce involved, and it's a conversation starter. Other cuisines like Italian and French are just too stuffy for your average party!
4. Leftovers are still delicious.
When having a party catered, it can be tough to know how much food you'll go through. Your caterers will do their best to estimate based on head count, but they will likely over-estimate because nobody wants to run out of food. The good news is that leftover barbecue dishes are usually still very good. You can warm up pulled pork, chicken quarters, and similar foods better than you can heat up spaghetti or fried rice.
Barbecue catering is a great choice and, in many cases, the best choice, for your party. Reach out to a caterer near you to learn more.