Hiya everybody! I just wanted to share with you one way of how we usually do large gatherings (everytime we have family over, it's a large gathering!) We're doing Father's Day a day early at my house this year. I have family coming in from out of town, etc. There will be about 20-25 people in our house - that's standard for us. So for that, my lovely wife and I talked about what we would make and of course, we ended up deciding on ribs and chicken (pumping fist a la Kirk Gibson). Each invited household will bring a side dish and/or a dessert - we always end up with too much, so that means leftovers! (yum!) So....I have 8 slabs which I am starting at around 9 am today I am planning to smoke them using the 3-2-1 method. After they're done (hopefully by 3:30 pm), they will be wrapped and stored in an empty cooler to stay warm and moist. Of course, my other cooler will contain a fine assortment of adult beverages! After the ribs are done, I will grill the chicken (thighs, breasts and drumsticks) so they will be hot and ready by the time the guests start arriving (at 5-5:30). By this time, my wife will have cut the ribs and placed them on a serving platter. Of course (my wife trained me well in this area), we clean as we go along! Obviously, doing things ahead of time and cleaning as we go along allows us more free time to mingle, eat, and play a few hands of Texas Hold'em Poker. An important thing (at least we think it is), to consider is if there is a large crowd coming for a cookout, etc, we usually use good quality disposable plates with plastic tableware. Trust me, if you have about 20 -25 people bringing their plates and glasses for you to wash, it gets old quick. And brands like Chinette make really nice plates, etc. Just toss them in the trash and your done! Happy Father's Day to all the dads here - have an awesome weekend!