There was a post by Ingred K on the South board that the Chowhound team asked to be moved to this site. Since I can't move Ingred's post, I will just fill you in with the basics. She is a former southener living in London. She is planning a traditonal Southern BBQ party and was looking for suggestions for the party. One of her concerns is that that rainy weather can limit the use of outdoor BBQ. I have cut and paste my response:
Try BBQ Beef Brisket that can be slow cooked in the oven the day before the event. The secret is slow cooking at a low tempeture for a several hours with a good marinade. Slice when chilled. Reheat (covered and sealed well) and serve with a killer BBQ Sauce.
For fun reading and getting suggestions on southern side dishes, check out "The Sweet Potato Queen's Big-Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner" by Jill Conner Browne. I picked the book up a few months ago when passing through Mississippi. Here are a few of the choice ones:
Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits
Grilled Bologna Po-Boy
Big-Ass Cheese Dip
Bacon Bread Sticks
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Grits and Grillades
Love Lard (using bacon, white bread and cream of mushroom soup)
Fried Dill Pickles
Corn and Beans and "Maters and Bacon
The Sweet Potato Queens take part in the annual St. Paddy's Day in Jackson, MS and have chapters popping up across the country.
I just checked out the SPQ website's "Eatin" message board for some recipes as well...it is a scream. There is a new thread for Brisket. Tons of humerous threads about cooking with classic Sweet Potato Queens attitude.