Hosting a party and looking to grill some western-style foods? Then look no further! Below are some tasty, easy ideas for western-themed party food. Country and western meals are a sure crowd-pleaser. These recipes can be made ahead in advance that will make your food party comfortable and clean.
Top 10 Western Style Food Ideas for Parties:
1.Baby Back Ribs
No western party is complete without some great ribs. Slow cook these bad boys at a low temperature (275 degrees) for about 4 hours on your grill or in your oven. Use a dry rub and finish with your favorite BBQ sauce for finger-licking good western comfort food!
2. Home Made Mac-N-Cheese
Mac-n-cheese is hearty, comfort food to get a crowd pleasure for guests of all ages! Get crazy with sharp cheddar cheese on it. Please don’t get too ridiculous with it! Finish it off with fresh white bread crumbs and a splash of melted butter before cooking. Country foods do not get much tastier than this! Straight up comfort food right here.
PRO TIP: Cook it, add some extra cheese on the top, then smoke it. Yes, put it in your smoker. Thank me later!
3. Country Fried Chicken
Country fried chicken is a classic western food item. It is perfect for guests who like the classics. Grab some strips of white boneless chicken breasts, and try the buttermilk breading recipe in The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond cookbook! This book is fantastic to have on hand. Grab your copy right here. Or check out this video below:
4. Baked Beans
Jazz up your baked beans and forget the can. Jazz up your own homemade baked bean recipe by using different types of beans (navy, lima, and kidney) mixed with dark brown sugar, bacon, and onions. Fresh baked beans make a beautiful and delicious food dish.
5. Corn on the Cob, but the Grill
If you don’t bring some corn on the cob, you’re missing out. Corn on the cob is always welcome at any barbecue. Peel the corn, brush it with some marinade or oil, then toss on the grill. Let it cook until it is ready.
PRO TIP: Toss some seasoning on it after you use a marinade or vegetable oil. You and your guests can thank me again later.
6. Grill some Steaks and Burgers
Western-themed party food needs meat! Some easy to cook meats and burgers can go a long way! Sprinkle the meat with garlic-seasoned sea salt or marinate it in your favorite marinade 3 hours before grilling. Simple, easy, and delicious!
7. Cornbread or Garlic Butter Biscuits
Western-themed food isn’t keto or cab conscious, but some butter biscuits or homemade cornbread will win some stomachs. Guests may want some extra butter or condiments, so leave some out for them.
PRO TIP: Grab some of these individual serving packets on Amazon. I keep a small bag for grill parties. Sharing containers after someone dips into it? I don’t know where that knife has been, do you?
8. Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas
These recipes don’t have to be complicated. Most easy sides are hits! Try these super easy chicken and cheese tortillas. The trick is to use the burrito size tortillas at your local grocery store.
Find some short cuts of chicken and cook them up. Once cooked, slice it into small pieces. You can cut them up, or use these meat shredder claws on Amazon. I like to feel like a wild man with my grilled food. Don’t judge me.
Once shredded with my man bear claws, I mix equal parts of sour cream and salsa. Once mixed, I grate some cheddar cheese on it. Whip out your cast iron pan and put it in the grill on medium-ish indirect heat. If you don’t have a cast-iron pan, an aluminum pan will work. Let sit until the cheese has melted. Pull it off the grill and let it cool for a few minutes.
Once cool, toss some on your tortilla and wrap it up. Place it on a plate and watch them disappear! This recipe is a reliable crowd-pleaser.
PRO TIP: You can grill the filled tortillas quickly with a little pressure on it. It will harden the tortilla to close it and leave those pretty grill marks.
9. Western Drinks Everyone Will Love
Beer and wine are a given, but if you want to really wow your guests, make margaritas! Margaritas are great western-style food that adults love. Serve them in mason jars, because you’re classy. You can also make some for the kids with lemonade!
Chili may be the easiest of all country and western party foods and used as a main course or an appetizer. Use your crock pot the night before and get a head start on the party. If you are serving hot dogs at your party, most of that chili will be a topping. Hot dogs are like the ice cream of grilling, and toppings make it better! Grab the shredded cheddar cheese, sliced onions, and relish to top it off.
Don’t Forget Dessert!
Western party food does not have to end with the main course – your desserts can be western-themed too. Choose a western-style cake such as a horseshoe or cowboy boot, and wow your guests with your sweet ending! Another dessert option is to fill western-themed glasses with an individual dessert-like pudding or ice cream.
Western party food typically appeals to all ages and personal tastes, so your guests are sure to find a thing or two on your menu to please their palettes.
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