Three Wedding Reception Menu Ideas, Part 2: Backyard Barbecue

Nothing paints a better picture of a casual outdoor wedding reception than a “backyard” barbecue. Menu ideas for a barbecue are endless and can range from thrifty to spendy, but always tasty. Tie your napkin around your neck and dig in!

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Keep in mind what size crowd you’ll be serving and how much work you want to put into preparing and serving the food. Some ideas:

  • Full potluck where everyone brings a dish
  • Partial potluck where you provide the meat and wedding cake and guests bring a side dish
  • Catered - some catering companies will even provide dishes, napkins, and utensils
  • Rent-a-pit - rent a large bbq pit to maximize the amount of food that gets grilled and onto plates, and don’t forget to rotate the grill masters so one person doesn’t get stuck with the job all night

Wedding Menu Ideas

Drinks:

Iced tea (sweetened and unsweetened)

Soda

Water

Lemonade

Wine and beer

Signature drinks like mojitos and vodka-spiked lemonade

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Main Dish:

Pulled pork

Chicken

Hot dogs

Burgers and veggie burgers

Shrimp, lobster, and other seafood

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Sides:

Rolls

Jalapeno cornbread

Fruit

Baked beans

Pasta salad

Veggie kabobs

Coleslaw

Grilled vegetables

Corn on the cob

Macaroni and cheese

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And if the party lasts well into the evening, consider setting up a s’mores table where guests can build their own s’mores for a late-night snack.

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