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As the guests arrive at your big cookout, give them a taste of all the deliciousness to come with a tub of premium macaroni and cheese from Jackalope’s All American. These guys make truly magnificent, authentic mac ‘n’ cheese that comes with a whole host of BBQ toppings, including juicy pulled pork, buffalo chicken, and smoky pulled jackfruit for the veggies (they even do a vegan mac that’s just as good as the regular ones!) Smothered with their own special recipe BBQ sauce, their macaroni is loaded with Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Provolone, so you can expect some massive cheese pulls. For guests that might not fancy mac n cheese, there are also tasty wraps on their mouthwatering menu.
If you want truly genuine barbecue fare, look no further than Smoke Catering, who provide wonderful Texan-inspired food - proper grub with a seriously sophisticated edge. Run by a husband and wife team, the geniuses behind Smoke both learned their impressive meat smoking skills in The Beef State itself. Your BBQ guests will absolutely love this real, salt of earth catering, where juicy meat is slow-cooked inside a 12-foot long smoker, and tantalising smells waft all around. Obviously the star of the show is Smoke’s meat, including their pulled pork that is slow roasted for 7 hours, their hot salmon that is smoked on planks of cedar wood, or their brisket that is smoked for… wait for it… 9 whole hours. There’s no doubt about it, these two really know what they’re doing. There’s also a fantastic menu of side dishes to perfectly accompany the meat and fish, such as Texan BBQ beans, garlic mash, roasted sprouts, and chilli and lime corn on the cob. Veggies can enjoy the sumptuous salads, such as fennel, sweet potato and roasted beetroot.
To put an exciting little twist on the classic BBQ, why not book Babek Brothers and let them serve your guests with excellent kebabs and creative cocktails? Inspired by their worldly travels, the Babek Brothers have picked up recipes from all over, bringing together a tantalising mixture of bread recipes from Greece, koftas from Turkey, and pickles from India, to create the most delectable kebabs. All of their meat is totally free range and grass fed so you can expect really good quality food. Though their menu is innovative and ever-changing, they do have four classic kebabs… The Kim Koftashian, The Notorious P.I.G, Tikka Turner, and Nigel Fromage (for the herbivores). Despite these playful names, the flavour is elegant and there are plenty of BBQ suitable sides, including scallions, aubergine salads and feta and mint fries. The brothers also serve great cocktails, our favourite involving apple tea, lavender, lemon, soda and gin.
Once your guests have stuffed themselves with cheese, meat, crunchy side salads and special beans, it’s probably time for some palette cleansing, brought to you by the spectacular Sorbitium Ices. Their natural ice creams, sherberts, and sorbets come in a kaleidoscope of colourful flavours, with a different menu for each season. If you’re throwing your BBQ in the summer, iced goods on offer will include Watermelon and Rose Granita, Peach Leaf Creme Brulee, Juniper, Lemon Curd and Raspberry, and Fresh Mint and Gooey Chocolate Slab. This is truly mind-blowing ice cream, all served from a summery cream and mint coloured van, guaranteed to look beautiful in your garden.
Of course, no BBQ is complete without some booze, so why not hire the super cool Cocktail Car Company and let them delight your guests with their glorious red VW camper that opens up at the top and the side to reveal a full bar and even lights up at night? With a myriad of champagne, prosecco, spirits, beer, cider and bespoke cocktails, The Cocktail Car Company is quirky and elegant all at the same time and is sure to get people talking. As well as a selection of soft drinks, you can also order summery Pimms with fresh fruit and really good cocktails with homemade purees and syrups, and freshly squeezed citrus fruits. This mobile bar is wonderfully attractive, serves up premium drinks, and is overflowing with personality, creativity and distinctiveness.
Ideal for those in need of a vitamin boost, children and the non-drinkers, The Elephant Juice Bar has been attributed with the accolade of ‘Top 10 Juice Bars in London’ by Time Out. Their smoothies and juices are made using only 100% fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, all served from the side of a charming light blue 1969 Bedford van (they also have pop up bars suitable for indoor events). Their juice is fresh, delicious and healthy, and uses seasonal produce wherever possible. Some of their nutritious ingredients include, pineapple, mint, mango, beetroot, ginger, apple and pear.
What better time to start organising your summer BBQ party than now, to give you and your guests something to look forward too? You can browse all of our street food caterers and drinks traders online, and make an enquiry to get the ball rolling. It’s super easy to get food and drink booked for your event, so get planning today!