How to Do Western Party Food

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How to Do Western Party Food
A western party is fun for all ages, especially children who love to dress up. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

To create a successful themed party, all aspects of the planning must be connected. The theme simplifies the planning process, and creates a fun environment for all ages. When envisioning a western party, thoughts of old-time barbecue and baked beans served in front of a chuck wagon come to mind. The menu for a western party involves traditional, down-home recipes, served in cowboy fashion, and provides a great accompaniment to a western-themed party.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Grill
  • Ribs
  • Large baking dish
  • 3289gr. bottle of barbecue sauce
  • Minced meat, poultry, pork or lamb
  • Preferred seasonings
  • Hamburger buns
  • Barbecue sauce
  • 0.454kg. minced meat
  • Large frying pan
  • 11794gr. cans baked beans with pork
  • Knife
  • 1 small onion
  • 397gr. can canned chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup canned creamed corn
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Tortilla chips
  • Large, metal serving pail
  • Various salsas
  • Cookie dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Frosting (optional)
  • Cake
  • Frosting
  • Plastic decorations
  • Root beer or sweet tea
  • Beer (optional)

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    Main Courses

  1. 1

    Make barbecued ribs. Place ribs in a large baking dish and pour on a bottle of barbecue sauce. Allow them to marinate overnight, and grill them on a higher level over medium-low heat for one to one and half hours. Ribs are done when they flake easily.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    Barbecued ribs are simple to prepare, and fun to eat. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Cook hamburgers. Form chosen ground meat with preferred spices into patties. Grill for five minutes on each side. Serve on hamburger buns, with plenty of barbecue sauce.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    Hamburgers stay faithful to traditional western fare, and provide an option for pickier eaters. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Prepare Texas-style baked beans. Cook one pound of minced meat in a large frying pan until just brown. Chop the onion. Place the beef, onion, beans, chilli peppers, one cup barbecue sauce, one tablespoon garlic powder, one tablespoon chilli powder, and up to three tablespoons hot pepper sauce to taste into the slow cooker. Cook for two hours on high heat or for four to five hours on low heat.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    Baked beans are a western food staple. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

    Side Dishes

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 400F for the cornbread. Combine 1 cup of cornmeal, 1/2 cup of flour, three tablespoons sugar, two teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoons salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the 3/4 cup canned creamed corn, egg and 1/4 cup of melted butter, and stir under just blended. The batter should be lumpy. Butter an eight-inch baking dish, and pour in the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the centre comes out clean.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    Cornbread complements the Texas-style baked beans. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Grill corn-on-the-cob. Pull back the husks of the corn, but leave them attached. Remove the inner silks, and return the husk. Tie with twine and soak the corn in a large bowl of water for up to four hours. Grill over direct heat for 20 minutes, occasionally turning.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    The unique method of grilling corn in the husks, allows everyone to remain outside during the party. (Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Serve tortilla chips in large, metal pails, along with various kinds of salsas.

    How to Do Western Party Food
    Tortilla chips provide the guests with something to snack on while waiting for the main courses. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

    Desserts and Beverages

  1. 1

    Roll out the cookie dough with the rolling pin and cut into cowboy hats, boots and sheriff badges. Bake as directed and decorate with frosting or serve plain.

  2. 2

    Decorate the cake with a cowboy theme, such as a ranch or prairie. Line the edge of the cake with plastic fence decorations, and add plastic horses to the top. If you're having a hard time with designs, edible sugar images are available at your local craft store.

  3. 3

    Serve root beer and sweet tea out of mason jars. If desired, provide adult guests with beer.

Tips and warnings

  • Serve food buffet style on tables covered with red-checkered fabric and wild flower centrepieces.
  • Serve food out of cast-iron pots and on fake metal plates, available at many party supply stores.

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