Cooking for 20 or more people can be a challenge, and it can easily turn into a stressful undertaking if things don’t go smoothly. With proper planning, you can actually pull off a highly successful cook while maintaining your zen, and make people happy in the process!
Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to cooking for a large group without losing your mind… or friends.
- DO choose dishes that have minimal prep time. For example, cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped jalepeño poppers are delicious, but the preparation takes a lot more time than you may think for a large group. Consider sausage, bacon-wrapped tater tots, or something that doesn’t take a ton of prep.
- DO barbecue large cuts of meat for big groups. Brisket, whole pork shoulder, beef shoulder clod, or beef chuck rolls can exceed 20 pounds, and make a lot of folks happy without too much work, or breaking the bank.
It’s summertime and the living is easy. Whether you’re hanging out with family or hosting a big crowd, make your next BBQ a stress-free and fun backyard bash.