So I was at a friend's grad party the other day and they had it catered by a local BBQ place and of course the food was delicious. Now I'm a senior this year and I'm looking to my party next year (yes I'm fairly confident I will graduate lol) and I looked into prices for this and it'd cost $800-1k to get it catered. And so I thought maybe I could get a smoker, practice this summer/fall, and by next June be able to cook passably. I can cook in a kitchen and I can grill pretty well, but I've never even attempted smoking, mostly for lack of a smoker.
So the start of many questions:
-Is this just a horrible idea I should abandon and go with grilled hot dogs and brats instead?
-Good resources to read/watch online?
-How much food for ~100 people? 50% brisket 25% pulled pork or ribs 25% chicken (Note: at least the chicken can be prepared other than smoking). Approx $?
-Can food be smoked ahead of time and reheated? How much in advance?
-How much impact would weather have on smoking?
-I found the Smoke Vault 24 to be decently priced, well reviewed (even here), and most say is has a lot of space. Would this be a good smoker to buy?
More questions I'm sure to come but I guess first and foremost is this feasible? Thanks all in advance, hopefully I'm not too much of a nuisance.