The day after my sister’s wedding, my family hosted a BBQ at my parent’s house for all wedding guests. My brother created the menu and was the executive chef. We ate fried chicken, ribs, tomato salad, cucumber salad, corn bread, corn, mashed potatoes, and paella (pictures below). There were over 80 people at the BBQ, it was crazy, but a total blast!
My brother also made his famous sangria.
My brother had catering help, but like all other Wong family parties, some guests (my Dad’s friends) like to get involved. Uncle Jay and my father-in-law helped cook the 27 chickens cut up for the fried chicken.
Besides the amazingly tender fried chicken, the star of the BBQ was my brother’s paella. He cooked it on a 35″ pan on top of a homemade wood fire pit. I have to admit, I had my doubts. It would be the first time he cooked on this huge pan.
My brother making the paella was a spectacle. Adding in each ingredient one by one, lining up all of the seafood. You could not help but watch this crazy guy making paella in this enormous pan.
Not only was making the paella entertainment, it was absolutely delicious! We literally ate it as soon as it was cooked. I’ve never had paella like this.
My Baby waiting in the grass to play cornhole with someone. She was one of the youngest “walking” kids at the party. At times it’s hard to find a play buddy and mama isn’t always cool enough to play with.
I took a picture of the back yard setup from my parent’s room. The day started out pretty rainy so we had to borrow a few tents. I still cannot believe we (and I say that loosely since I didn’t help much because I was busy with the girls and the wedding) fed over 80 people at the house.
Jimmy’s Soft Serve came to serve dessert. Doesn’t matter how old you are, you can’t help but get excited when the ice cream truck comes.
One of the things I love about my family is even though we are so different and we have our differences, we can always count on each other when it matters most…like when your sister asks to throw a BBQ the day after her wedding (not thinking we wouldn’t already be busy getting everything ready for her wedding).
My brother’s culinary school skills really shined at the BBQ. I might even let him cater one of the girls’ birthday parties.
Loving my crazy family,
The Dumpling Mama xo