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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!

Mac-cheese and Food Cafe menu
Source: Ruffled Blog

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


Iced tea (sweetened and unsweetened)




Wine and beer

Signature drinks like mojitos and vodka-spiked lemonade

Mojito Wedding Drink
Source: Lauren Grover via dfordecor.com on Pinterest
Wedding drinks glass
Source: Ruffled Blog


Main Dish:

Pulled pork


Hot dogs

Burgers and veggie burgers

Shrimp, lobster, and other seafood



Wedding main dish
Source: rocknrollbride.com


Backyard barbecue wedding menu
Source: Pop Roc Parties via magnoliarouge.com on Pinterest




Jalapeno cornbread


Baked beans

Pasta salad

Veggie kabobs


Grilled vegetables

Corn on the cob

Macaroni and cheese

Backyard wedding menu kebab, macaroni and cheese and beer
Source: Jeanette Lowrance via Event Solutions Online on Pinterest
Backyard wedding menu barbecue and grilled meat, kebab, and drinks
Source: Connie Frandsen on Pinterest

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.

Backyard wedding menu: smores
Source: Kim Hensley via greylikesweddings.com on Pinterest

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