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Nov 25, 2007 10:54 AM

BBQ Wedding in Antioch: Can you help?

My sister-in-law is getting married in March and I'm trying to find decent BBQ that does catering in her area. Has anyone eaten at Maverick's or Barney's in Concord, Applewood BBQ in Antioch or Back Forty Texas Roadhouse & Saloon in Pleasant Hill?
She's having about 100 people and is on a tight budget: 10-20/pp for everything.
Delivery, set-up and clean-up would be ideal if it doesn't add too much to the total bill and a discount for children too if possible. Thanks!

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  1. I am not a fan of Back Forty but they definitely do a good job with their catering. I have been to a few events that they have catered. If you stay with the brisket it might be fine. Meh on Barneys though I have not eaten there in many years. There is a place in Pleasant Hill called
    Smokin Okie BBQ Joint
    1941 Oak Park Blvd Ste 10
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4666
    Phone: (925) 942-0149
    that is getting great reviews, I have yet to eat there.

    If everyone is not dead set on BBQ I would suggest Mexican as there are many places in the Antioch/Oakley/Brentwood area and the $10-20 budget would not be a problem.

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    1. re: frangelica

      Excellent! Thank you so much for the lead. I think we're going with BBQ because it's casual enough for their tastes and his Korean Mom might be able to bring a few dishes along as well. I love Mexican, but unfortunately a lot of the family doesn't do anything even remotely *spicy*. We made a chili for them last week with dried anchos and a little chipotle and several of them had to load it up with sour cream and cheese so they could get past the "spiceness". Fortunately, one of my brother-in-laws had some habeneros with him so a few of us could kick ours up to a higher heat level and adding a little more chipotle made for a great meal.
      Thanks again!

    2. I used Back Forty for a BBQ Picnic a few months ago and it worked out fine. They were very efficient, and everyone thought the food was very good. I particularly liked the brisket and the ribs, could've been a little smokier, but still very good for catered BBQ.

      Also very reasonably priced. for 100 people, I imagine that they'll work the price down to $18-20/person plus tip if you get the full service.

      1. Boss Hog's on Bethel Island supplied the food for a company picnic a couple of years ago. (We ordered ahead and picked it up, so it wasn't really "catered".) It wasn't the greatest but everyone liked it. I remember the beans and potatoes were especially good for mass-produced food. It's close to Antioch so you can run out there and check it out.