Plan a Neighborhood Barbecue and We'll Guess What Part of Texas You're From

By: Jennifer Post
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Plan a Neighborhood Barbecue and We'll Guess What Part of Texas You're From
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About This Quiz

Did you know that in Texas, you don't just invite people over for a "barbecue?" That is, unless you are serving low and slow smoked meat that you've been whipping up for days. Now, if you want to have people over for burger and hot dogs, you invite people over for grilling. In Texas, grilling is meat cooked over charcoal or a high-heat gas flame. They don't expect a whole hog to be rolling up. They know they're getting classic cheeseburgers, steak or hot dogs. People outside Texas may not understand the different, but if you're going to visit or live in Texas, it's best to educate yourself.

There's one other thing Texans can agree on. Neighborhood cook-outs are the best part of summer. Some people have pools, some people have sweet decks and others have lawn games you can only dream of. Living in a neighborhood like that just begs for summer grilling. It can even be a potluck! Have all your neighbors bring over a signature dish and see what happens. Keep the lemonade and iced tea flowing, as well as the conversation. Dying to see if we can guess what part of Texas you're from? Plan a neighborhood barbecue in this quiz and we will!

How will your guests spend their time at your barbecue?
Sitting in lawn chairs relaxing
Playing games
Hanging around the grill and smoker
Watching sports or hanging out with neighborhood folks

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Are you inviting everyone in the neighborhood?
Yep! There will be flyers all over the place.
No, not everyone.
Just the people I'm close to
My block is invited.

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Are you smoking any meat for the barbecue?
Sausages
Brisket
Chicken wings
Pulled pork

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What warm weather month is ideal for your barbecue?
May
June
July
August

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Are you offering classic accoutrement for your barbecue selections??
Pickled jalapeƱos
Sliced onion
Dill pickles
White bread

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How far in advance are you starting the planning process?
A few weeks
Like six months
Maybe a week
It's a last-minute thing.

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Is there a time span for this barbecue?
Nope it's an all day event.
People can come and go as they please.
Sun up to sun down
However long it takes for the meat to cook low and slow

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Will you be making all of the food yourself?
Most of it, but I'll buy some already made.
It's a potluck.
Yes!
I'm having it catered.

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How do you know how much food you need?
I calculate portions per guest.
I take a shot in the dark and hope I'm right.
Experience
I asked around.

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What are you asking your guests to wear?
Barbecue is messy, so nothing fancy
Whatever they don't mind getting dirty
Bathing suits or other pool/sprinkler wear
Anything they're comfortable in

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Have you ever thought about having a whole hog on the smoker?
That sounds amazing.
I always do that!
For a very special occasion barbecue maybe
Only if I learned how to do it right

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How late in the day will your party start?
It'll start pretty early so it can last for hours.
Mid-morning
I'll be up with the sun slow cooking.
Not too late, whenever people feel like coming over

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Do you have enough seating for all of your guests?
I'll have to get some more.
Some people will be standing.
Yep, I'm all set to go.
People will bring their own lawn or beach chairs.

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How will you decorate the yard and table?
Bandanas instead of napkins
Red checkered table cloth
Lights and yard games
Texas flag of course

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What kind of beverages will be keeping your guests cool?
Big Red
Lots of unsweetened iced tea
Water and sparkling water
Lemonade

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Do you expect a hostess gift?
No way.
I kind of am.
I'm not expecting it, but it would be nice.
That is southern protocol.

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Are you renting any supplies for the barbecue?
I need a grill.
I'm renting a second fridge.
All of the plates and glasses
A kiddie pool

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What kind of entertainment are you planning?
Country music radio
Trick roper
I'm bringing in a DJ.
Local musician

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Where are you getting the ingredients for your food from?
A local restaurant
An organic food store
The farmer's market
A combination of all three

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What side dishes can your guests expect?
Macaroni and cheese
Pinto beans
Potato salad
Fried okra

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Will you plan it so all the food is out at once or will you stagger it?
I'll stagger it.
It can all be out at once.
Everything will be out except for dessert.
I haven't really thought about it.

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Let's talk dessert. How many are you having?
Too many to count
At least two
Like 10
As many as people bring with them

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Which flavor of cobbler will be the centerpiece of the dessert table?
Peach
Cherry
Blackberry
Mixed berry

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What's the one thing that has to be on the food table?
Pork ribs
Texas corn bread
Fruit cobbler
Cherry peppers

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Will you offer people different barbecue style options?
I'll have a few local barbecue sauces.
Texas style and Carolina style
No. There's only one way to barbecue.
The style will be the same, but there will be different sauces and toppings.

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Would you host a party like this again?
I'd do it every weekend if I could.
Not for a while
No, but I'd like to attend one.
Of course! It was fun.

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How do you want to spend most of your time at the party?
Playing hostess
I want to be mingling with my friends.
Eating and manning the grill
I'll be all over the place.

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What's your favorite thing on the menu?
German sausage
Barbecued chicken
Kolaches
Brisket

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What's the first thing you do when all of your guests leave?
Clean up
Go to bed
Keep eating
Take a break before cleaning everything up

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All said and done, was your neighborhood barbecue a success?
It was a slam dunk.
I think people had a really good time.
How does anyone know really?
Well, all the food is gone so at least that was good.

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