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Chocolate Barbecue Treats For A Wedding

Chocolate barbecue treats for a wedding? Have you ever thought about them

Chocolate; as a nation we adore it, almost to the point where it’s no wonder that dentists do such good business in this country and it makes the stereotype of British people having bad teeth not entirely a myth. Most of us have moped a bit when we’ve looked in the fridge to find it devoid it of chocolate (and, in my case, much food at all), as the simple fact is that we love to eat chocolate as a pickup; whether you’ve just been dumped, had a bad day at work or just want to chill out with a significant other in front of a good film. Chocolate is always there for us, and apparently it’s not all that bad for you either, so to celebrate that fact it’s National Chocolate Week this week and what better way to combine it than for a wedding. In other words, a greater excuse to eat chocolate has never been more apparent!

Chocolate Barbecue Treats For A Wedding

Chocolate Barbecue Treats For A Wedding

But what does chocolate have to do with barbecues? Don’t we talk about meat a lot here at our humble blog? Well, yes, of course, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with chocolate barbecues too, especially for a wedding.

Before the idea totally turns you off, I’m going to present you with a few different ideas of how you can successfully incorporate chocolate into the barbecue. Often, the things you never thought would go together can taste quite nice, or you could end up with a food disaster that would be better off in the bin. But that’s what experimentation is all about, although thankfully all these have been tried and tested beforehand.

As a barbecue sauce

This is the most common way you’re going to find chocolate applied to meat. As with the thousands of BBQ sauce recipes out there, there are also a myriad of chocolate barbecue sauce recipes too. This recipe I found at Saveur is simply delicious on top of meat, especially chicken as the site suggests. Here you’re not just pouring melted chocolate on to meat (although you’re welcome to try and report the results), it’s mixed with all sorts of stuff; including honey, cider vinegar, chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, ground black pepper and even 2 cloves of garlic. It does sound like an odd combination when you see it on paper, but give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Chocolate Barbecue Treats

Chocolate Barbecue Treats

The popular Mexican Mole sauce recipe, which usually contains chilli peppers but also contains chocolate in a number of varieties. This neatly segues into the fact that I did an article on Mexican barbecue food in the last post, although I should probably have mentioned the fact that 99% of Mexicans have apparently tried some form of mole sauce.

Bacon bites for a barbecue wedding

One novel way that meat and chocolate is combined is in the form of Mo’s Bacon Bars. This seemingly odd combination is presented in quite the posh package; containing a piece of bacon with a covering of deep milk chocolate. You can get them in various flavours; including ‘Hickory smoked uncured bacon’ and ‘applewood smoked bacon’. I haven’t tried them myself (they’re made by an American luxury chocolate company called Vosges) they apparently offset the sweetness of the chocolate with the smokiness of the bacon, amazing for a wedding!

Meaty Truffles

A chocolatier in New Zealand has developed a range of meat-flavoured chocolate in the form of venison chocolate truffles. She makes them by blending dark chocolate and ground-up salty dried meat together, which doesn’t exactly sound appetising but they apparently go together “amazingly well”. The 150 people at New Zealand’s Meat Industry Association conference seemed to approve too, either that or she tripped them all up as they entered the room, where upon they subsequently banged their heads and came to the odd realisation that it was a great idea. On a serious note though, she has also developed a beer flavoured chocolate. Excuse me while I catch a plane to New Zealand!

Chocolate Barbecue Treats

Chocolate Barbecue Treats

Bananas!

I’ve talked about grilling fruit on the barbecue before, and one of the most popular recipes is to throw a few bananas on there. Before putting the banana on the grill you need to split the skin down the middle, where upon you can insert chunks of chocolate into the gap. Put them on the bbq and, before you know it, you’ll end up with a lovely blend of warm gooey banana and chocolate. Smashing!

Have you got any chocolate inspired barbecue recipes you’d like to share? Just leave a note in the comments below!

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Barbecue Food at Weddings is the Way Forward!

Barbecue Food at Weddings is the Way Forward!

I’ve been to a couple of weddings over the last month or so, with a few more on the way. This year, in 2013, I’m starting to think that weddings are like buses; you wait forever for one to come along and then they all turn up at once. While I’m not exactly waiting for weddings to come along, especially as the more weddings I go to the more I inevitably get the question “so when is it your turn?” it does feel like everyone in mine and my partners lives suddenly seem to be getting hitched. Thankfully I’m let off from the next few, so I can hang my shirt and tie up for a while and continue to dodge the questions about when I’m finally going to buy a ring.

Barbecue Food at Weddings

Barbecue Food at Weddings is the Way Forward!

However, the best thing about weddings (aside from having a few drinks of course, although at £20 for a round of four drinks I bought – one of which was a soft drink – at the last wedding I went to I wasn’t exactly rushing to get to the bar) is the food. Here the bride and groom try to go all out to offer something high quality and maybe a little unique, but there’s still the problem of trying to please everyone. Lately though I’ve noticed a trend for opting for barbecue or roasted foods at weddings, and it’s a trend that I’m well up for when my time finally comes around.

The most recent wedding I went to was on Saturday, over the Easter weekend, and while we weren’t invited to the church service (pah!) we were invited to attend the reception. We arrived after the day guests were done with their sit down meal and were waiting for the night room to be setup along with those who had also only been invited to the party. Obviously you can’t let the new arrivals go without food, although the food at a reception party tends to be less formal than that of the sit down meal (plus, people tend to get hungry when they’re having a drink). However, I was quite impressed with the food they had on offer as it wasn’t just your standard buffet fair.

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I sampled every barbecue wedding food there was

I think I sampled everything on offer, but my favourite of the selection are both something you can cook up on your barbecue grill. Firstly were some mouth-wateringly delicious grilled salmon skewers. These were absolutely gorgeous, grilled perfectly with a tasty marinade. They weren’t much different to the grilled salmon skewers recipe listed here, so if you want to try them for yourself then you should definitely give that recipe a try.

The second food was skewers again, but this time it was chicken satays. The difference here is that they were soaking in a tasty barbecue sauce that nearly had me going back for seconds – although I managed to resist for the sake of my quite full stomach! For some brilliant chicken satay recipes have a look here, or check out the the video below for salmon and chicken satay grilling tips.

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Amazing barbecue sides

There were other things, such as scrumptious roasted potato wedges and a salad dotted with mozzarella cheese. Offering a salad and other vegetarian options is key for a wedding as not everyone is a meat eater, but as long as there’s at least some choice everyone should be happy. The sit down meal is harder to judge, of course, but you can send out menus ahead of the wedding for people to choose what they like. It means more food needs to be made, but at least people can choose what they like and not end up sitting there hungry because they’ve been served something they won’t eat.

We were invited to the full day of the wedding before that tasty barbecue food wedding, and they had their own excellent food to serve up. The sit down meal was hog roast, which we could see roasting on a spit outside (fair play to the caterers as the weather wasn’t exactly brilliant for cooking outdoors). The reception was probably the best one I’ve ever been to, purely because they served bacon butties! I mentioned before how much I loved bacon, so this was perfect for me.

Amazing barbecue sides

So, while I trudge off to yet another wedding I’ll be content in the knowledge that , at least so far, unique food has been served up for us to try – often of the barbecued nature! I will definitely try something like that at my own wedding, providing my partner agrees of course, as it’s much better than the traditional dull fair that some weddings have plonked in front of you.

Why not give it a try yourself? I’m sure your guests will love it!