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BBQ Party Ideas: Host a Texan Style BBQ Party

Like the old saying goes, "Everything is big in Texas", and the Texan BBQ Party is no exception. But you don't have to go all the way to Texas to get a piece of the action. Stay right where you are - we've got swash-buckin' ideas for a Texan BBQ Party.

Set the backdrop

A Texan BBQ Party will be a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests. To get into the swing of aTexan-style party, forget the fancy flatw are and get to the down-home approach. Set the stage for a Texan mood in your backyard.

Start with a dress code of faded blue jeans or head-to-spur fringe to keep the guests in a Texan frame of mind. Create desperado decor by turning your backyard into tumbleweed-strewn dust bowl with straw on your deck or patio and hay bales for guests to sit. Cast-iron cookware, dinner bell, cowboy boots, saddles, horseshoes, bedrolls, wagon wheels, dried chilli pepper, rope, Texas flag are just a few ideas to create the right atmosphere. County toe-tapping music by Texas born country artists will make it authentic.

Deck your tables with a red checked or denim tablecloth. For napkins, use some colorful bandanas tied with rope, or pin a sheriff's star badge to each one. Add decorative centerpieces of clay pots with cactus, or hide a pot in an old pair of cowboy boots and fill the pot with flowers.

A Texan's mouth waters like the Colorado River for a slab of spareribs or a hunk of corn bread. For adventurous guests, the food gets spiced up with mouth-watering varieties of special hot sauce. Add tortilla chips and funky salt and peppershakers. If possible keep the drinks in old-styled galvanized washtub filled with ice.

Mix and Mingle Texas Style

Guests may be unknown to each other so bring in the fun and break the ice with a dance lesson. Invite guests on the floor barefoot or with cowboy boots for a line dancing class. Show 'em the Texas-Two -Step.

"Texas Hold 'em" is a fast and funny game of 2-10 people. The objective is to finish with the best poker hand and win the pot.

Have a squirt-gun-showdown. Set a lit candle or an empty soda can and get your guests to shoot to see who can knock out the flame or the can first.

Just because sundown rolls around doesn't mean fun has to end. Set up a campfire, just like the legendary Texas cowboys do, and invite someone to strum a song on the six string to put the perfect cap on your Texan BBQ party.

Chris McCarthy is the owner of InsaneChicken Hot Sauce Catalog. InsaneChicken has a wide variety of BBQ Sauce and BBQ Rubs to get you ready for any BBQ Party. Visit


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