The great thing about serving dinner to a bunch of guys is that they’re so happy to be getting food. Doesn’t really matter what the food is, or how it looks, they’re happy. I think guys just like being taken care of.
I cooked for seven guys for my brother-in-law’s bachelor party. It was a great group of guys who just like having fun. Thanks for letting a girl into the mix! Here’s the menu and a few notes about the food.
(BTW, I can’t believe how busy I’ve been and how many ideas I have for posts but haven’t had the time to write.)
No, there wasn’t much “good for you “ food at this event. I like to think of this as guy food. And, guys don’t generally like veggies. But, the salsa is veggies, and I snuck that one in there!
The nacho cheese is tasty – just a traditional melty gooey nacho cheese so that they could make nachos with the chips, salsa, and chili if they wished to combine any of those. I think the nacho cheese was gone before I even got back to serve some to myself, and the big bag of chips, well, let’s just say that I really should have purchased two.
After everyone got some BBQ pork, I went out to check and see how they were doing. I didn’t hear much because they were too busy chomping down. I even saw one guy take four sandwiches. Here’s the simple BBQ pulled Pork procedure that I go by. (I like KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce).
- pork shoulder (I generally figure ½ to 1 pound per person depending on what else is being served)
- BBQ sauce, about 1 bottle per 2 pounds of pork
- Olive oil
- Small sesame seed buns
- Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat (I did mine on the fifth burner of the grill outside so that I wouldn’t heat up the house). Add enough oil to coat the bottom with a thin layer. Add the pork, allowing to brown. Turn to brown all sides. Once pork has browned, place it in a large crockpot. Add BBQ sauce and enough water to cover the pork. Heat on low heat for about 8 hours. Once the pork is done, it should basically shred itself as you pull it apart with forks.
- Serve hot with toasted buns.
The cocktail ribs are something that my husband always requests. They are sticky and meaty.
As for the pretzel bites, this was my first attempt at making them. I wouldn’t say they were pretty, but they sure were tasty. I’ll definitely want to work on their appearance, but I’ll make them again. I was going to serve them with mustard for dipping, but no one even asked for mustard- they were devoured too quickly. I did, however, sneak one for myself and try it with the nacho cheese- oh, tasty snack heaven!
The only thing left was the caramel corn, and, well, I never really got around to that. By dessert time, the guys were so full, they didn’t need anything more to eat. If you’re interested in the caramel corn recipe, you’ll have to watch for my cookbook. I’ll be putting that recipe in the “Cupboard Cooking” book that I’m writing. I’m hoping to be done writing it in the next couple of months.
I had a great time cooking and hanging out with those guys. Next up, the rehearsal dinner & then the wedding!!! Yippie! 🙂