Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let's Chow Down!

As the lovely Miss Husky detailed before me, Mr. Sand Dollar and I are choosing to self-cater. It's been the plan from the start, since we have about $400 to feed 200 people. That's right guys. $2 per person. Not too many caterers are interested in that deal! So how are we going to pull this off? Well, you'd be surprised what small-town Texas has to offer.

First up we have barbecue brisket and sausage. We called around to local grocers and meat markets to get the best price around. The damage? $140 for 75 pounds. Not too shabby, eh? That'll feed everyone easily. And as far as sausage goes, well don't freak out on me. I mentioned before that Mr. SD is an avid hunter, right? Well, that means we've got loads and loads of venison sausage in our freezer. Free venison sausage in our freezer! For those of you who have never had wild game, it is delicious. I'm a convert. 

Next up we have a Southern classic, bbq beans! We're buying a 50 lb. bag along with some seasoning packets and cooking them on-site in ginormous pots. If you've ever been to a crawfish boil, you'll know what I'm talking about. Other sides we want to include are corn on the cob and potato salad. So, if you're counting, that's 2 meats and 3 sides. Seems pretty filling, right? That budget includes food only, not beverages or dessert. So I think we're doing pretty good in keeping with our budget, we may even be able to shave some off the top. 

So who's cooking this tasty grub? One of our groomsmen has a dad that's on a competition barbecue team. What could be better than that? Professional-quality food at rock bottom prices. All for the low-low price of a couple of cases of beer. I wish all vendors were this easy!

Anybody else out there self-catering? What are you serving at your wedding?

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