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What do you guys do when throwing a BBQ or Dinner Party?

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Created June 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM

I love throwing dinner parties and BBQ's however I get mixed emotions on the type of meat to buy. Part of me wants to show by example and buy grass fed/pastured meats. However, I know about 80% of my guest could care less, therefore, the other part of me says why waste the cash and just by 10lbs of ground beef from Costco at $2.99/lb. Of course I want to eat the grassfed/pastured and usually do, but it doesn't bother me for one night a month.

What do you guys do?

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on June 15, 2011
at 02:36 PM

Good point, Dave!

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Besides, if they are using buns, what's the point of a grass fed burger? (Kinda like giving up candy by smoking cigarettes)

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on June 15, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Mmmmm pepperjack. And yes, the cheese in my feeding-a-crowd quiches is usually full fat conventionally produced.

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on June 15, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Oooh, I made the most awesome breakfast quiche last week with eggs, sausage, pepperjack cheese and pico de gallo. Seriously, best one I ever came up with. Make that for the next potluck! It was like Mexican breakfast quiche or something. LOL.

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on June 15, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Yup. My thoughts precisely. Why spend more money that they wouldn't spend on themselves? No paleo conversions are going to take place based on buying enough grassfed steaks (vs. conventionally raised) to feed a crowd of 20. (My wallet just convulsed at the prospect.)

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on June 15, 2011
at 02:14 AM

My friends get CAFO. I don't waste my money on people that won't even know the difference.

Now, if it was a small dinner party, I may try and show them how awesome it could be, but a big BBQ? More than say, 4 people? I'm heading to Costco for the cheapest burgers I can find!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 15, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Yup. My thoughts precisely. Why spend more money that they wouldn't spend on themselves? No paleo conversions are going to take place based on buying enough grassfed steaks (vs. conventionally raised) to feed a crowd of 20. (My wallet just convulsed at the prospect.)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 02:36 PM

Good point, Dave!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:18 PM

Besides, if they are using buns, what's the point of a grass fed burger? (Kinda like giving up candy by smoking cigarettes)

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 15, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Grass fed beef is not going to save your guests from a typically awful industrial-diet-based O6/O3 imbalance. Unless they're eating at your house many nights each week, your single meal is a drop in the bucket. For many households (like mine) highest-quality pastured animal products aren't always an option budget-wise, much less for feeding crowds of guests.

I'd say, as long as you're not feeding your guests wads of sugar-coated canola-deep-fried gluten - whole nutritious food (yes, even a serving of slow-cooked conventionally-raised dry-rub-BBQ pork, or conventionally-produced single-ingredient sour cream on some conventionally-raised beef/pork chili) is OK.

One example for my part: when I am asked to contribute toward, say, a pot luck breakfast buffet, would I use a $4 dozen of high quality organic and/or pastured eggs, or a $0.99 dozen of eggs to make a crustless quiche? My answer is the $0.99 eggs (with conventionally raised sausage and conventionally raised veggies, thank you very much), because that is what most of the folks attending the buffet would buy for themselves anyway, and I am not going to overhaul anyone's diet by spending an extra $3 on eggs and $5 on other ingredients for that one occasion. The foods I contribute for group functions or prepare for large parties/events aren't always the highest quality money can buy, but they are still gluten-free industrial-oil-free real foods, which is a far cry from a box of Krispy Kremes on a pot luck breakfast buffet.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 15, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Oooh, I made the most awesome breakfast quiche last week with eggs, sausage, pepperjack cheese and pico de gallo. Seriously, best one I ever came up with. Make that for the next potluck! It was like Mexican breakfast quiche or something. LOL.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 15, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Mmmmm pepperjack. And yes, the cheese in my feeding-a-crowd quiches is usually full fat conventionally produced.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:55 AM

A huge batch of paleo chili with 1-2 lbs grads fed beef! I loosely followed cavegirl mama's chili recipe...I'm on my phone else I'd link you. I made a batch yesterday with a 28oz can of tomatoes, another 16 oz can, and tomato paste. I used a pound of grass fed ground beef and a pound of grass fed chuck...the entire pot came to about $15 to make and next time I probably won't use so much meat because it wasn't necessary. Economical an delicious!

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on June 15, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Depends on who and how many - like many others have posted. I do try to go bison for burgers (where I live groud bison is priced closely to cafo beef) - or I'll change it up completely and go with lamb. Or fish - mmmm salmon bbq (who doesn't love that)!

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Ideally I'd serve grass fed because even if the guests don't know/care, I want to do right by the animals and not support CAFO. On my middle-class budget though, I'm probably going to get the grocery store stuff if I'm cooking for a larger group.

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on June 15, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Cook hamburgers, hotdogs, kebobs, or steaks.

If I do steaks I normally pick nice ones like rib eyes, beef tenderloin, and so on. Even for burgers and hotdogs I normally pick the best looking because that's just part of hosting at our house. I'm sure guests don't care if it's Oscar Meyer or nitrate free all beef locally made dogs...but I feel better and can eat without hang ups.

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on June 15, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Usually parties at my house are a potluck of sorts: we make the main entrée and maybe a veggie platter or a dessert (that way I can enjoy a gluten-free dessert), and guests bring whatever sides or special drinks they want.

Small gatherings, where only 1 or 2 other couples are coming over, I make what I would eat normally and offer a few "conventional" items for the guests. For instance, we invited some friends over and grilled ribs and burgers for Memorial Day, so I bought buns to go with the burgers.

Of course, I have not been able to move to strictly grass-fed meat for myself, so obviously I don't spend the extra money on when people are coming over. 8)

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on June 15, 2011
at 06:58 AM

I like to cook the best I can for any one who visits - which means, for example, grass fed shoulder of mutton roasted slowly until it is meltingly tender, succulent and super tasty - then when they say what wonderful meat and what is it? I can tell them. I do cook bread / pastry for them which I don't eat - but the meat is always grass fed / organic.

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:18 PM

I know a lot of folks who don???t eat eggs (they???re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here???s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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