Smoking for our Wedding

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by briggy, May 28, 2016.

  1. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Long time no post, finally warm weather again.  We are getting married in July and I'm smoking most everything in advance and turning everything over to a chef friend for final prep.  Here is the plan, partially done to date.  I will post further as we complete this out and let everyone know how it turns out:

    14lbs smoke cheeses

    4 packer briskets

    4 pork shoulders

    8 roasting chickens

    TBD peach baked beans

    TBD mac & cheese

    TBD meatballs

    TBD salad

    TBD coleslaw

    Numerous other items for the meal

    Here was the cheese smoke now vac packed and resting in the reefer:


    Post-smoke w/Pitmaster's Choice:

    Vac packed and to the reefer!

    Starting with briskets first.  Four prime grade from Costco smoked with hickory and cherry, flats will be sliced and points pulled.  I am only taking flats to 175 and points to 185 as they will need a reheat:

    Moving on to the pork shoulders today, 4 of them at 8 pounds a piece.  These will be pulled, vac packed and froze.  The briskets above were frozen whole.  Pork will be smoked with Pecan and Apple.

    Four pork butts in progress.   Chicken coming up with Chef JimmyJ's brine:

    Still a long way to go, any tips/tricks would be appreciated!
  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I hope it all goes well! Glad to see you have someone else dealing with the day of!! I got lucky and was givin a free hog roast,friends of our family owned land a farmer used! We just did turkey taters and some kind of veggie. One of my groomsman and myself did the fruit and cheese trays for apps and my job covered the bar bill! Let's just say I made out on the event with little cost!Thumbs Up
  3. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks B!  I'm sure it will be fine.  I find stressing over things will just make it worse, plenty of time to prepare.  Pretty sure I'm not making out quite like you did!    [​IMG]
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wow this sounds like your gonna have a fantastic wedding.

    Congrats to you & the bride!

  5. No tips but mann!looking good so far and congratulations:)
  6. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Appreciate it, we're getting there!
    Thank you Al, much appreciated!
  7. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Here is where we stand today:

    Here is the pulled pork from last night, ended up with 18.5#:

    Two chickens fresh out of Jimmy J's brine with pellicle formed with Kevin's fan drying method:

    Brushed with EVOO and used Chef Jimmy J's rub:

    They just went on the smoker at 225 with an Apple/Cherry mix.   We also have two trays of peach baked beans going in the conventional oven.  I'll have to get photos of those later.
  8. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Here is a question for you all.  I wanted to offer a variety of sauces at the wedding as we'll have a few people from around the country.  I was thinking of using Jeff's base to make a medium to spicy option, then another tomato based that would be more of a sweet option and finally a Carolina option.

    Any thoughts and/or recommendations on recipes?
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Alabama white sauce is a good option for chicken.
  10. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Now that I will have to look into, never tried that one.  Thanks DS!
  11. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Here is where I am leaving off for today.  Two chickens are done and the first batch of peach baked beans are done.

    Here are the chickens at 150 off the smoker.  Normally I would have left them on the smoker, but I wanted to chop the skin into finer pieces in the pulled chicken for the wedding.  Color looked great on the smoker, but wanted a little crisper.

    On to the summit with indirect and the infrared going initially.  The summit was around 500 with infrared and two burners, just under 400 after I turned infrared off after the first few minutes.

    Neglected to take a pulled pic before bagging, will do so next time.  We got 6 pounds pulled out of 2 chickens.

    Two trays of peach baked beans from today:

    In advance of Memorial Day, thank you to all veterans!   [​IMG]
  12. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Meatballs today for apps and we have another batch of baked beans going.  We got around 160 meatballs out of this batch.  This will be it for the weekend, going to do some traditional steaks tonight and have to travel the rest of the week.  Have a great Memorial Day!

  13. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW.   That's a lot of cooking.

    Looks great thou.

    Following along.
  14. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Trying for a lot now so it is only a little when we get closer to the date.  We're running out of freezer space - might just have to pull something out to actually eat!
  15. Congratz on the wedding!!! 

    Everything looks amazing!!!
  16. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you prankster!
  17. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Quick update as I haven't posted in some time - we are down to crunch time as the wedding is on Saturday.  I took the rest of the week off so decided to do one final packer brisket and Chef JimmyJ's Au Jus for the reheat.  Here is what the final menu will look like on Saturday:


    14lbs smoked cheeses (Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Medium Cheddar, White Cheddar)

    Variety of crackers

    14lbs of meatballs

    Veggie Trays (Friend is making these)

    Fruit Trays (Friend is making these)

    Main Course

    Garden salad (Friend is making)

    Vinegar slaw (Friend using my recipe - 13.5 heads of cabbage with 9 green and 4.5 red)

    19lbs of sliced brisket

    13lbs of pulled brisket

    19lbs of pulled pork

    17lbs of pulled chicken

    57lbs of peach baked beans (way too many)

    Sqwib's Mac & Cheese scaled for 90 (making tomorrow)

    Homemade Dressings


    Blue Cheese


    Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Homemade Sauces

    Kansas City Bold (version of Jeff's)

    Carolina Honey

    Carolina Mustard

    Alabama White

    Quick look at the brisket point and au jus!

    The countdown is on!
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2016
  18. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Well the wedding food was a huge hit, needless to say I didn't have time for pics.  Our photographer says 30 days on our photos so I will see if she got any of the setup.  The smoked cheeses and SQWIB's mac & cheese received rave reviews!  Glad the crazy busy schedule is behind us but it was a great day!
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  19. betaboy

    betaboy Meat Mopper

    Congrats, for the wedding and the food!! From the looks of it you have a keeper if she's letting you spend that kind of time at the smoker! :D Everything looks awesome, lots of work in that meal!!
  20. briggy

    briggy Smoking Fanatic

    Sorry for the delay Betaboy, thanks for the kind words!  Yep, she's a keeper!

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