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Barbecue Catering & Holiday Spirits: A Pairing Guide

Barbecue Catering & Holiday Spirits: A Pairing Guide

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This season, take your festivities up a notch by expertly pairing your favorite barbecue dishes with the right holiday spirits. With a little help from top-notch barbecue catering, you’re set to host a memorable holiday feast that tantalizes all the senses.

The Art of Pairing

The right drink not only complements the flavors of your barbecue but also enhances the entire dining experience. A good pairing balances the richness of the barbecue with the character of the drink, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Pairing with Smoked Meats

Brisket and Bold Reds: For robust meats like brisket, choose a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. Its tannins cut through the fattiness, while its berry notes complement the smokiness.

Pulled Pork and Whiskey: The sweet and tangy profile of pulled pork goes well with the warmth of a good bourbon or whiskey. The caramel notes in the liquor resonate with the charred edges of the meat.

Ribs and Malty Beers: Smoked ribs, slathered in barbeque sauce, pair beautifully with a malty, slightly sweet beer like a Scotch ale or amber lager. The beer's caramel notes echo the sweetness of the sauce.

Complementing Lighter Meats

Turkey and Chardonnay: Smoked turkey, a holiday favorite, pairs well with a buttery Chardonnay. The wine’s creamy texture and vanilla undertones complement the smokiness of the turkey.

Ham and Sparkling Wines: The salty-sweet profile of ham is perfectly balanced by the acidity and effervescence of a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Champagne.

Non-Alcoholic Options

For a non-alcoholic alternative, consider craft sodas with unique flavors or a refreshing iced tea. These drinks are versatile and can harmonize well with a variety of barbecue dishes. You can also offer mocktails with non alcoholic mixers and herbs!

By thoughtfully pairing your barbecue catering with the right holiday spirits, you elevate a simple meal to a festive experience. Whether you’re a fan of bold reds, crisp whites or non-alcoholic beverages, there’s a perfect pairing for every BBQ dish on your holiday table. 

Call us at 214-353-0027 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with our catering team. And if you’re in the Dallas area, come visit us at one of Dallas’ oldest and iconic restaurants on Inwood Road, open 24/7/365 for barbecue pickup or barbecue delivery. We cater beyond Dallas - reach out to us for barbecue catering in Richardson, Plano, Fort Worth and beyond! 

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