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Old 08-21-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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Having a BBQ - need some ideas

So we're having a house warming party this weekend and invited around 40 people, not sure how many will show up and eat. I plan on cooking up a nice brisket on the smoker to make some pulled brisket sandwiches as well as a load of chicken kababs. For the vegetarians I will be making this espresso chili that I've made in the pas that is absolutely amazing (and happens to even be Vegan for that one guest).

What I'm looking for is some side dishes to go along with this. My father is bringing a big bowl of potato salad and we were thinking maybe some couscous with veggies and some type of 'slaw. Does anyone have any good cole slaw recipes, traditional or not? Any other ideas?

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Old 08-21-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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I believe there's a federal law that requires you to serve baked beans at a barbecue. You might cook/doctor up a nice big batch and serve them out of a crock-pot to keep them warm.

I have a really good coleslaw recipe I can offer. I'll look for it later and post it when I find it in my file.

I don't know why, but I'm drawing a blank for more suggestions. Not to worry, though. There will be plenty more from other members.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:06 PM   #3
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Although you seem to be making a good deal of food already I believe slaw is required for a bbq. Last time I made pork BBQ I used Jicama in place of the apples I normally would have used. Just a thought. If you are having brisket maybe some baked potatoes or grilled corn on the cobb as well.
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #4
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To **** with slaw--bake some beans, preferably with a tangy/spicy sauce and bacon! Guacamole and good salsa are also favorites of mine.
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I found my recipe online, scott. I've brought it to lots of picnics and the bowl is always empty. It's called Coleslaw with a Twist and in addition to being delicious it's very colorful and pleasing to the eye.

Here's a link to the recipe. Enjoy!
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:44 PM   #6
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Cold Italian Pasta Salad -- Rigate Noodles broke in half, cooked, rinsed in cold water. Toss in thinly sliced cucumber(I use english), julienned bell pepper(I use red, orange and yellow), thinnly sliced red onion, thin sliced firm tomatoes. Salt and pepper. Gently mix with Italian dressing until nicely coated. Best made the night before. It is yumee, beautiful to look at and nice and cool on a hot day.
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Sounds like a fun time.

This vinegar-based sauce poured on meat when plated also makes a great slaw so it serves double duty!!

2 cups apple cider vinegar
3 TBS ketchup
2 TBS packed brown sugar
4 tsp. kosher salt (makes a huge difference so use kosher)
1 TBS Tabasco or other hot sauce
1 2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
1 2 tsp. black pepper

Along with my chopped cabbage I also place in food processor some green pepper, white onion or spring, and carrot. Carrot can be done first because sometimes it's stubborn and won't chop up. By the time you chop up the carrot you have cabbage/green pepper/white onion soup


Chop your cabbage (I do mine in the food processor) - add 1 cup of the cider mixture and let sit in fridge for a couple hours.

I usually double this recipe because it will keep for a loooooooooong time in the fridge.
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The recipe is for the slaw? I may need to try that out, Can't say I ever used ketchup in a slaw dressing. I have used almost every kind of fruit and vegetable though.
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The recipe is for BOTH squirting on your bbq sandwich/meat AND the slaw. Around here it is called either red slaw or BBQ slaw.

I'll go back and edit the slaw post, forget to put the other ingredients in there
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I'll bring the ice cold beer!!!!Have Fun & Enjoy!
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