How to Plan the Perfect BBQ Catering Event in Salt Lake City
When it comes to the western United States, we’re known for a lot of things—BBQ being one of them. That’s why when it comes to BBQ catering in Salt Lake City, LUX Catering & Events does everything we can to make sure it’s the most delicious meal your guests have had in a while.
Perfect Reasons to Host a Catered BBQ Event in Salt Lake City
Here are just a few of the reasons we host barbecue events for families and companies in Salt Lake City:
- Corporate picnics
- Team-building events
- Father’s Day celebrations
- Bachelor parties
- Stag parties
- Family reunions
- Birthday parties
- Retirement celebrations
- Celebrations of life
- Low-key wedding receptions
- And so much more!
Which of these seems like a perfect reason to celebrate and gather your favorite people?
So, what do you have to do to plan an epic BBQ event in Salt Lake City? Here are the steps to take…
Step One: Choose a Date & Time for Your SLC BBQ Event
We love BBQ events when you can be outside, although there’s something extra homey and cozy about an indoor BBQ event in the winter. So, really, you can plan a BBQ catered event in Salt Lake City any time of the year. You’ll need a date and time to start searching for the perfect venue!
Step Two: Choose a Perfect BBQ Venue in Salt Lake City
We’re lucky to live in an area with plenty of sprawling green space that is ideal for a BBQ event! Check out this blog post about our ten favorite outdoor event venues in Salt Lake City for a little inspiration.
As you read though, keep in mind this is just a small sampling of the SLC event venues we work with. Based upon your guest count, aesthetic vision and season, our event planning team can help you find the perfect venue for your SLC BBQ. For over 25 years, we’ve cultivated close relationships with over 100 Salt Lake City event venues, so we definitely have the perfect option for you.
Step Three: Come Up with a SLC BBQ Theme
Every party needs a theme! Here are a few BBQ themes that could be super fun:
Country Western: Old Western is definitely a fun and traditional BBQ theme. Decorate with hay bales and white and red checkered tablecloths. Don’t forget to set up a Wild Wild West photo booth!
Hawaiian Luau: As guests arrive, provide them with an epic welcome with hula dancers and a musician playing the ukulele. Give them leis and encourage all the fun Hawaiian shirts!
Carnaval: Transport your guests to Brazil with capoeira demos, a band or DJ playing diverse Brazilian music like forró, repente or coco de roda, and be sure to decorate with all the bright, bold colors. Maybe even start a friendly soccer match?
Based upon these themes, we have a few menu ideas next.
Step Four: Find the Best BBQ Catering in Salt Lake City
Well, let’s be honest, you can check this one off now. LUX Catering & Events has been doing Salt Lake City BBQ catering for 25+ years. Our chefs love to smoke, grill and cure all the meats your heart desires.
Our BBQ menu items feature all sorts of decadent BBQ flavors inspired by local Utah BBQ and global BBQ like Brazilian churrasco. Here are a few BBQ catering menu ideas we love for a Salt Lake City catered BBQ meal:
Taste of Utah BBQ Menu:
- Utah harvest salad with farro and quinoa rainbow salad
- Tooele Valley spare ribs and Snake River Farms beef brisket
- Asparagus, green tipped carrots, and dutch oven potatoes
- Warm apple cobbler with local ice cream
Brazilian Churrasco Menu:
- Grilled meats served on long sword skewers including grilled caipirinha chicken with lime and mint, grilled garlic sirloin tri-tip and linguica sausage
- Grilled pineapple, garlic roasted tri color fingerling potatoes, spicy cous cous and a Brazilian hearts of palm salad lightly tossed in a dressing of coconut milk, lime juice and honey on a bed of bibb lettuce
Chuck Wagon BBQ Menu:
- St. Louis ribs, beef brisket and grilled chicken
- Cowboy potatoes, baked beans, housemade barbecue sauce, coleslaw, potato salad and buttermilk biscuits with fresh honey butter
- Texas fudge cake
Luau BBQ Menu:
- Grilled Frenched teriyaki chicken and kalua pork
- Hawaiian macaroni salad, a tossed green salad and fried rice
- Fresh tropical fruit and haupia pudding
P.S. Every menu can be customized to include tasty options for those with dietary restrictions, including dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more. Just ask!
Step Five: Plan BBQ Decor & Logistics
Logistics can be time-consuming. You need to plan arrival of vendors like the caterer, entertainment, decor and rentals. You want to ensure you’re staffed properly to take care of your guests. The list goes on! Let LUX help with this step.
Step Six: Indulge & Enjoy!
The day has come for you to indulge in all the SLC BBQ and spend time with your colleagues and/or nearest and dearest. When you hire a BBQ caterer in Salt Lake City, though, you can actually enjoy, rather than running around and managing every detail.
What Guests Are Saying About LUX Catering & Events BBQ Catering in Salt Lake City…
““I love working with LUX Catering and Events. Jake is the absolute best. They are easy to work with, honest, flexible, and willing to work to stay within the event budget. I would recommend them to anyone planning an event, regardless of the size.””—Nikki Wayment
““We recently used LUX for a retirement party. It was a hit! The event was tastefully done. Communication was timely. Everything was delivered as promised. LUX went above and beyond to make sure all our needs were met. The food was delicious; the servers were very professional and helpful. I would highly recommend LUX to anyone hosting an upcoming event. They took the stress and worry away.””—Lindsey Kemmethmueller
““Fortunately, I followed the advice of a friend and reached out to LUX to provide beverages for an outdoor event for 600 guests. Although the entire process was outstanding, I especially appreciated the patient guidance and responsiveness throughout the planning period and the professional, friendly, attentive staff that were on-site. If part of the job requirement is to make the planner feel at ease and well taken care of, the team certainly excelled at it! Everyone I worked directly with went above and beyond.””—Kim Stephenson
““LUX did an excellent job catering my spouse’s celebration of life. The food was prepared just so. The space at Red Butte seemed real natural for their services. They stayed in contact with me over the course of several months. They offered a complete package too. I would recommend them for a similar event.””—Arnold Klemens
Let’s Get Started Planning Your Perfect Salt Lake City Catered BBQ Event!
If you have visions of smoking hot grills and red checkered tablecloths dancing in your head, let’s start to talk about your BBQ vision. Our award-winning Salt Lake City catering team will work with you to make planning your next BBQ event in Salt Lake City easy. We can help with a cooked-to-order menu, epic decor and themes, and of course, make sure you find the ideal venue for the perfect backdrop. Let’s get started planning your BBQ catering in Salt Lake City, shall we?Let's Get Started