Are you throwing a western party and looking for some ideas for an easy western party meal? Then look no further! Below are some simple and tasty ideas for western themed party food for your next event. Whether you’re hosting a jean and diamond affair or a low-key backyard barbecue, country and western eats are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Most of these recipes can be made a few days in advance to make your western party meal planning a doddle!
Top 10 Western Theme Party Food Ideas:
1. BBQ Ribs
No western party menu is complete without some good ribs. You can slow cook them at a very low temperature (275 degrees) for about 4 hours on your grill or in your oven. Use a dry rub and finish with your favorite BBQ sauce for some finger licking good western party food!
2. Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese
This mac and cheese isn’t just for kids and it doesn’t come in the blue box! This is a hearty, comforting meal that is a crowd pleaser for guests of all ages! Use a generous amount of sharp cheddar cheese and top with some fresh white breadcrumbs and a little melted butter before baking. Country and western meals don’t get much tastier than this!
3. Country Fried Chicken
This is a classic food menu item for western-themed parties and is perfect for guests who like to socialize while eating. Use strips of white chicken breasts and I love the flavorful buttermilk breading recipe in Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook!
4. Fancy Baked Beans
Baked beans don’t need to come from a can. Spice up your own homemade baked bean recipe by using different types of beans (navy, lima, and kidney) mixed with brown sugar, bacon, and onions. This makes a wonderful and hearty western party food side dish.
5. Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a staple for any country and western food menu. Brush the husked corn with a good grilling sauce like Wegman’s basting oil and grill for a few minutes until desired tenderness.
6. Grilled steaks
Western themed party food has to include beef! Tender grilled steaks or London broil are a super easy way to satisfy your guests. Sprinkle meat with garlic seasoned sea salt or marinate in your favorite marinade 3 hours before grilling. Simple, easy and delicious!
7. Cornbread and/or Garlic Butter Crackers
Western food is not for the carb-conscious, but the cornbread and cookies will be irresistible to your guests. Place baskets lined with red and white napkins on tables around your party with some honey butter, and watch these hearty appetizers quickly disappear!
8. Chicken and cheese quesadillas
These super easy Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas are a quick and easy meal for a western and country party. Use burrito-sized tortillas. You can use Perdue Shortcuts shredded into smaller pieces to make your job easier, mix equal parts salsa and sour cream and add your favorite shredded cheddar cheese. Grill or grill over medium heat until cheese melts. Cut into thirds and serve with guacamole, salsa, or your other favorite Mexican condiment. TIP: Quesadillas are easier to flip if you use a tortilla folded in half for each quesadilla.
9. Drinks with a western twist
You can’t go wrong with the popular beer and wine, but if you want a true Western-themed party food menu, pay special attention to your drinks and offer margaritas! Mason jars are a great added touch for serving beverages of all kinds.
This may be the easiest meal of all country and western parties and can be used as a main course or as an appetizer. Use your crock pot to advance and keep warm for the duration of your party. If you’re serving hot dogs, this is a great condiment for the chili dog lovers at your party. Don’t forget the shredded cheddar cheese to serve on top.
Don’t forget dessert!
Western party food doesn’t have to end with the main course — your desserts can also be Western-themed. Choose a western-style cake, such as a horseshoe or cowboy boot, and wow your guests with its sweet ending! Another dessert option is to fill western-themed glasses with an individual dessert such as chocolate mousse, pudding, or ice cream.
Use your imagination and think western when planning your western themed party food menu. Accent your menu with western-style tableware and beverages to accentuate your western theme. Country and western party food can be delicious AND easy, so there’s no need to stress about your menu. Western party food generally appeals to all ages and personal tastes, so your guest is sure to find a thing or two on your menu to please their palates.