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Old 04-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Quick cook ideas?

My wife invited 8 of our friends and their 4 young children over for BBQ on Saturday. Unfortunately, with another commitment I have, I can't start cooking until 11:00. As we would like to serve dinner at 6:30, that does not leave much time, probably 6 hours to cook and an hour to rest.

I have had great success with a couple of pork butts and a brisket, but those took quite a bit more time than I have. Can anyone suggest any good ideas that I can smoke in the time I have? My fall back is burgers and hot dogs. Not terribly exciting, but easy to cook up quickly.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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I bet you could make some ribs work in that time frame.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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Pork loin or tenderloin and you will be done in two hours or less. If you are not just set on pork a whole roasted beef tenderloin is always very nice.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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Hot and fast butt and ribs.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:20 PM   #6
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Ribs, ribs, ribs. Definitely a crowd pleaser. You have more than enough time for them. Also, like others said, throw in some moinks or pig shots.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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Prep the night before just don't season anything. Chicken and ribs are very doable with time to spare, if pre prepped. You could even set the fire up the night before, so all you have to do is light it, and let it come up to speed while putting on the seasonings. Also pork steak, country style ribs, double smoked ham, italian sausage or any combination of these, would be good for a quick cook.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #8
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:28 AM   #9
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Not sure what your budget is.....A nice prime rib would work, a pork crown roast, rack of lamb..........hmmmmm, chicken thighs and wings, whole roasted or spatchcocked chickens..............smoked turkey breast doesn't take to long............grilled salmon, shrimp or shrimp and scallop k-bobs............a combination for surf and turf.

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Old 04-16-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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If your grilling and want to serve something a little more expensive seafood skewers are always nice, maybe scallops and shrimp, or even a firm firm fish like swordfish on there too in chunks. You can make the skewers the night before and have them marinating and easy to handle and eat and really fast cooking. Throw some veggies on them too that cook in the same timeframe. You could even do some chicken ones for people who don't do seafood. I love skewers, been a long time since I did them and I have no idea why.

Good luck no matter what ya do though! I'd definitely stick with grilling over smoking though, I wouldn't want to have to worry about something getting done at exactly the right time. Every cut of meat acts so differently no doubt, some have wanted to fight me pretty good in the little bit of smoking I've got in to.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:24 AM   #11
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What are you cooking on? I can do ribs in about 3 hours on the Akorn. Simple rub and lots of wood in with the charcoal. Pull when they pass the bend test and keep in the oven until it is time to eat.
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Ribs and chicken and fatties work. Or how bout a quick taco bar. Grill up some carne asada and maybe marinate some chicken. Put out all the fixins at let em at it.

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:52 AM   #13
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All the above. With six hours, I would probably go with a couple racks of baby backs and a couple beer can chickens, maybe a fattie, some appetizer things like ABTs or pig shots to munch on while the big stuff is cooking, and some hot dogs for the kids in case they're picky and won't eat real food.
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Tri-tip, eye of round, sirloin tip roast, chicken legs turned into lollipops for the kids.
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