What smoker do you have?
Since you are hosting a barbecue, I would do appetizers and entree's.
Not sure if you plan on doing a long smoke like a butt, If you do give yourself at least 1.5 hours per pond, add off another hour for insurance, plus at least an hour or 2 for rest then 1/2 hour for pull.
If its a but 9 pounds or so, cut it in half to reduce smoking time.
- I would definitely do Ribs, they are so easy and you can pretty much smoke them by (time).
- You can do some beans underneath the Ribs for some extra flavor.
- Appetizers such as a bunch of Abt's, Moink Balls, and bacon wrapped chicken.
- Bacon Wrapped dogs and serve in a bun with Velveeta cheese.
- A couple of easy fatties.
- Macaroni and cheese
So your smoke would go something like this
Everything prepped the night before.
Next day, give yourself 7 hours till serving time (MAIN COURSE)
Start the ribs
After an hour place some beans under the ribs
Place some... but not all appetizers on about an hour before guests arrive, they can pick on these during the smoke.
Place a few fatties and the Mac n' cheese on about 2 hours before the ribs will be done and throw on some more appetizers.
About an hour before the ribs are done throw on the Bacon wrapped dogs.
While everyone is snacking on the appetizers, when the ribs are done prep the ribs for serving slice the fattie and place the dogs in a bun with a little velveeta cheese, remove the beans and serve.
This way you can get up at a reasonable time, enjoy smoking, spend time with your company and keep their bellies satisfied until the main course.
This is based on the idea that its an all day event and that you are not just simply making dinner.
You don't want the main course ready when they arrive, you need to work up to it.
Anticipation is the key here.
Don't forget Desserts and veggies
And some decent beverages