Most of us Southerners harbor a deep love for fresh, falling-off-the-bones barbeque.
Just the thought of it makes me hungry, but barbeque can’t be a whole meal unless you have a few fancy fixin’s framing it on your plate!
That’s especially true at your wedding reception. Whether you’re going for the casual, outdoor picnic feel or a banquet gala (with a generous stack of napkins for guests to stay properly clean), Knoxville area premier restaurant and wedding caterer Dead End BBQ is here to make your dreams come true…one bite at a time! I chatted recently with Marlowe Whittaker of the famed locale, and she let me in on a few options that pair perfectly with scrumptious barbeque at a nice, Southern wedding reception. Read on for her suggestions!
1. Steaming corn bread
Most Southern meals just aren’t complete without a yummy piece of cornbread, and Dead End BBQ serves up two piping-hot options for brides to consider for their big day. Marlowe details that the first is their original corn muffins, which are a little sweet and balanced perfectly with fresh corn and cheesy goodness. The second option is their oh-so-yummy jalapeño corn bread, made exactly how it sounds! Marlowe describes that it pairs amazingly well with their beans and smoked sausage.
2. Wholesome vegetables
Spice up the look of your meal with fresh veggies for a splash of color and wholesomeness! Dead End BBQ boasts traditional options like southern style green beans and southern greens that are just spicy enough to balance out all the other flavors in your dish!
3. Tangy baked beans
Let’s face it: baked beans and barbeque were meant to be together in my opinion, and that’s certainly no exception at Dead End BBQ! They offer two glorious renditions of baked beans that crowds go wild for, including the more traditional Mayor’s Beans – made unique with a little bit of diced pineapple mixed in! The second type of baked beans from Dead End BBQ includes their beans and smoked sausage, made with multiple kinds of beans and slow-cooked to perfection for your guests.
4. Satisfying potato salad
Nothing helps you get full quicker than a spoonful of hearty potato salad! Guests will love the down-home look and feel of it on their plates, and that’s not even accounting for the amazing taste. At Dead End BBQ, they’ve created a ridiculously popular option they fondly refer to as Rocky Top Potato Salad, which includes satisfying ingredients like bacon, chives, and smoky flavor additions that simply melt in your mouth!
5. Cooling slaw
Slaw is great at hot afternoon weddings featuring scrumptious barbeque. At Dead End BBQ, their famous slaw is called Red, White, and Bleu – named for its yummy ingredients! Marlowe describes it with mayonnaise, bleu cheese, and grape tomatoes. “It’s our most unique side dish!” she exclaims.
6. Delectable macaroni dishes
What down-home Southern meal wouldn’t feature a fabulous macaroni side? Few skip it with Dead End BBQ, that’s for sure!
“Our Macaroni and Pimento Cheese side dish is our most popular side,” Marlowe states. It’s a hot dish that’s enveloped in smoked cheddar cheese and diced red bell peppers, among other treats. I’m hungry just thinking about it!
7. Your own family recipe!
Finally, if you have an old family recipe you couldn’t bear to part with at your wedding reception, Marlowe encourages brides to reach out about it. They’ll check out the recipe and see if they could make for your guests to enjoy on your big day!
Marlowe Whittaker has been with Dead End BBQ since January, and she’s loved every second of working there.
“I love how the company is very family-oriented and truly cares about its employees as much as the final product to clients,” she details. Marlowe loves being a part of such a dynamic company that’s ever-growing and expanding by challenging its boundaries and building a bigger and more passionate fan base each month. She also details how much she enjoys working alongside the catering sales manager, Jennifer Smith. “Her whole heart is in this company,” Marlowe explains. “It doesn’t matter who we’re catering for or where. Each client and event gets the same amazing amount of service and respect as the next.”
Dead End BBQ boasts a catering team with a combined 20 years of experience in the catering and restaurant industry. Their team of experts will guide you through every step of your wedding catering process, from initial planning all the way through serving the actual food on your big day. Every item served is made from scratch and is always fresh, which means Dead End BBQ can easily accommodate any food allergy or dietary restriction. While the company loves its roots here in Knoxville, Tennessee, they do have a new location set to open later this year in Maryville right near Maryville High School.
As a very community-driven company, you’ll find that both Dead End BBQ locations are within just a few miles of a major high school, with Knoxville’s location being near West High School. This is because the company donates resources to these schools throughout the year. Amazing food, incredible prices, and community oriented…it doesn’t get much better than that!
To contact Dead End BBQ about catering the wedding of your dreams, give them a call today at (865) 212-5655, and ask for Jennifer or Marlowe. Also visit their website and Facebook page to learn more. Tell them that The Pink Bride sent you!
Images courtesy of Marlowe Whittaker via email and the Dead End BBQ website.