The BBQ Bride: Say “I Do” To A BBQ Wedding For These 3 Reasons

Weddings are both exciting and expensive, which can create a mountain of anxiety for any bride-to-be. If you are currently planning your wedding, you are likely trying to find ways to cut corners on wedding costs. In the U.S., the average wedding runs approximately $26,444, and one of the most expensive aspects of the wedding is the venue, catering, and rental items. Fortunately, hosting a BBQ wedding offers plenty of benefits, including a reduced wedding budget.

You Can Save On Food Costs

In 2013, catering costs were at an average of $66 per person. Whether you choose to grill your own BBQ or you hire a caterer, you can save quite a bit of money. Typically, meals containing basic barbecued meats such as pulled pork, chicken wings, and ribs combined with side orders can run between $5 and $10 per meal.

If you would rather serve premium meats such as a full rack of ribs, expect to pay between $15 and $20 per meal. However, that is between $56 and $46 less than the average price brides pay. Although self-catering is an option, if you are hosting a wedding with more than just a handful of guests, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional catering company to assist you.

You Can Stress Less and Enjoy Yourself More

In truth, the ceremonial part of your wedding will be over before you know it. A wedding ceremony can range from approximately 10 minutes for a short civil ceremony to an hour for formal orthodox ceremonies. Receptions, on the other hand, can last for a few hours or more.

Skip the formalities involved with expensive 5-course dinners and spend more time enjoying yourself and time with your guests by simplifying your menu. Barbecued foods are simple, yet delicious, which means you will have more time to focus on other enjoyable aspects of your wedding.

You Can Make It Look Fancy

Believe it or not, you can grill more than just meat. In fact, you can make your meals look fancy without spending too much money or time doing so. For example, you can grill peaches soaked in either a maple or bourbon sauce. Top them with ice cream and you have a fancy looking yet relatively inexpensive dessert.

You can also grill vegetables for delectable, fancy looking, yet cost-friendly kabobs. For example, you can offer your guests a grilled chicken, lemon, and vegetable kabob. From grilled meats to grilled veggies and fruits, you can spruce up your menu to look far fancier than it really is.

*Side-Note: Barbecued Meal Ideas

You may cringe when you hear the word “barbecue” in relation to your big day. What bride wants to ruin her beautiful white dress with an unsightly barbecue stain? Yet barbecued foods do not have to involve all the mess. By grilling your foods, you can reduce the amount of grease, therefore providing a cleaner meal.

Some foods that you may want to consider for your wedding menu include:

  • Grilled asparagus: Grilled asparagus is a less messy food option for a wedding menu. You can even spruce up this vegetable by wrapping it in bacon before it hits the grill.
  • Grilled chicken: Grilled chicken is yet another cost-friendly and less messy option, especially if you skip the barbecue sauce and opt for delicious seasonings such as garlic and thyme instead.
  • Grilled Pork: When cooked right, grilled pork tenderloin offers a moist deliciousness that you and your guests will love.

If you opt to use barbecue sauces on your food, such as chicken slathered in barbecue sauce or a smoky pulled pork dish, fear not. There are plenty of ways you can avoid creating a mess on your beautiful dress. Eat slowly and carefully for starters. Also, do not be afraid to use your napkin as a cover for your dress while eating. Your guests will understand that you are trying to avoid unsightly stains.

Most importantly, just remember to enjoy your big day and have fun. For best results, hire a caterer to help you out. A caterer can help you create a menu that is within your budget. They can also suggest barbecued foods that appeal to both you and your guests. For more information on BBQ catering services, you can go to websites of catering companies.

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Fast Food Fail! Simple Cleaning Solutions For Your Fast Food Kitchen

From the long hours and low profit to the overall cleanliness of your establishment, it is easy to see the different challenges of running a restaurant. If you own and operate a fast food restaurant, you are probably familiar with the importance of health inspections.. Unfortunately, hundreds of restaurants receive critical violations each year during their standard health inspections leading to massive fast food failures. These violations stem from unhealthy work conditions that can lead to unsafe food and health concerns for your customers. In addition, critical violations will give your restaurant a bad reputation that you may not be able to repair. Thankfully, proper cleaning of your fast food restaurant’s kitchen can help. Using this guide on cleaning solutions, your restaurant will be clean, safe, and successful.

Grill

In most cases, the grill is a popular appliance for cooking burgers, steaks, and  various meat patties in your fast food restaurant. Due to the amount of use the grill sees, you may only have the opportunity to clean it in detail once or twice per day. However, using a scraper tool after preparing each dish is key to prevent heavy buildup of food particles and grease.

At the end of each shift, a thorough cleaning of the grill is necessary. Using steam and a gentle detergent is sufficient for cleaning your grill after each shift. While the grill is hot, soak a wet rag in clean water and liquid soap. Wring out the excess water and scrub the hot grill. You should also clean behind and under your grill each night before closing. Sweep up any leftover food particles and wash areas with a clean, soapy rag.

Fryer

Commercial fryers are huge elements of your fast food kitchen. Used for frying chicken, hashbrowns, and fresh fries, it sees a great deal of abuse each day. Use the following tips to prevent heavy buildup, insects, and rodents from  making your kitchen home:

  • Oil Removal –  Each night, remove the oil from the fryer and frymaster parts and dispose using your restaurant’s preferred method. It is important to note that removing the old oil throughout the day may also be necessary. If you notice discoloration or a thickening of the oil, remove it and dispose it immediately, Be sure your fryer utilizes a commercial tester to determine the polar content of the oil. Frying oil that measures 24 percent or greater of polar content is unsafe for use.
  • Wash and Dry – Once the fryer bin is free of oil, you should rinse it out with hot water. This will remove any batter and food particles left behind. After rinsing, add additional hot water and liquid soap and allow it to soak for a few hours. Rinse with hot water and dry using a clean, soft cloth.

Cooking Station Surround

The area around your grill, stovetop, and fryer will most likely accumulate a large amount of oil and grease. This residue can be difficult to remove, but it is important for the cleanliness of your kitchen. Using a degreaser is your best option for removing the stubborn residue. Unfortunately, many of the commercial greasers sold in supply stores contain ingredients that may be toxic to your health. For a safer option, consider using the following ingredients to create a natural degreaser:

  • 4 cups of warm water
  • 4 cups of white vinegar

While surprising to hear, vinegar contains acidic properties that are antibacterial and antiviral. Not only is it an effective cleanser, but it will also sanitize your cook stations.

Add to a spray bottle for quick cleanup or combine in a bucket to degrease a larger area. Spray the solution directly onto areas that contain greasy patches and scrub off with a cloth. When washing down larger areas around your grill and fryer, soak multiple clothes in the bucket and wring out the excess liquid. Then, scrub areas that contain the thick, sticky residue.

It is easy to see the overwhelming tasks necessary for a clean, healthy, and successful restaurant. However, without proper cleaning and degreasing of your kitchen, you are creating an appealing spot for insects, rodents, and bacteria. Using this guide of simple solutions, you can avoid a fast food failure. 

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Hi, my name is Gerry, and over the years, I have spent a lot of time in restaurants. I have dined, waited tables and even cooked a bit. I have also paid close attention to what works, and in addition to the food gracing the plates, the most important thing in a successful restaurant is often the branding. Sadly, branding can be overlooked in many food service situations. Whether you are new to the game or an expert, this restaurant blog is for you. In it, I plan to discuss everything about restaurants and branding including how to hone in on a theme, how to pick vendors who reflect your brand, how to market it, how to stay committed to your ideas, and more. I hope you enjoy reading and exploring this space!

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