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Grilling for a group?

I'm having a pretty decent sized group of people over next weekend for an outdoor get-together on my back porch. I've got a couple cool recipes that I'm trying to decide between for "upgraded" potato salad (one grilled new potato salad that involves hefty amounts of bacon!), a few slaw/salad options, a couple interesting dips, and so forth.

What I'm missing is the main protein.

I don't really want to do something "standard" for grilling like burgers, but I don't want to go super upscale (it will be served on paper plates, needs to be able to be easily eaten either by hand or with plastic utensils, etc.)

One thought that I had was pork shoulder, which you could braise off and then finish on the grill when it's showtime.

So, collective wisdom... any other thoughts as to what I could grill?

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  1. what about kabobs, you could have a variety - they cook up quickly. Make em small enough chunks. pork is great marinated in a soy type marinade, I love chix wrapped in bacon, we recently did lamb kabob that was fantastic, can't beat steak tips, you could even do a surf and turf with some nice fish/shrimp/scallops too.

    or instead of chunks do like those terriyaki beef and chix - flat but threaded on skewer!

    1. I like to grill pork chops for a group. People don't normally expect them as cookout food, and they're one of my very favorites. Maybe make a couple of different sauces to serve alongside. They have the added advantage of being wallet-friendly.

      Lexpatti's idea is pretty spectacular too. Many people don't think to grill kabobs, so they have a great wow factor.

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      1. re: dmd_kc

        I agree with the pork chop idea--everyone loves them. Or a couple of pork tenderloins wrapped in bacon. For beef I would go with a tri-tip pr flank steak.

      2. Maybe fajitas?

        You could do flank steak, chicken breast, and even shrimp. You'd also have to grill some onions and peppers, but you could buy the other toppings like, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole and then let everyone assemble their own.

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          love that idea, last night I took one of those big foil sq roasting pan and threw in a bunch of sliced red onions and spanish onions, olive oil, s&P and just threw the whole thing on the grill (we are renovating so the grill is getting some major use) - tossed a few times and they were fantastic. I kept picturing some peppers in this mix and a flank steak for some fajitas. Instead, we just did thin bagels with an herbed cr. cheese and these roasted onions for dinner. worked!!

          1. re: lexpatti

            Shrimp tacos/fajitas would be awesome. Make up some guacamole and chips, a a black bean and corn salad, some salsas, you are good to go.

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