Are you looking for an entertaining platter that will wow your guests? Charcuterie boards are like mouthwatering sculptures you eat. Our BBQ charcuterie board with slow cooker ribs looks and tastes great.
Whether you are enjoying small home celebrations or hosting outdoor parties this BBQ charcuterie board is a real pleaser and easy to feed any size of crowd. You’ll love how stress-free the slow cooker ribs are, while the guests will think you slaved away to make them so delicious.
Keep reading for my tips on how to make a mouthwatering BBQ charcuterie board everyone will enjoy.
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What is a charcuterie board?
Charcuterie (Shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French term given to prepared meat products, such as ham, bacon, sausage, galantines, terrines, pâtés, ballotines, cured meats, and confit. It is often served with artisan cheeses, bread, crackers, and other fun enhancements like jams, olives, and more.
These items are arranged, usually on a wooden board, in a visually pleasing way.
How to Make a BBQ Charcuterie Board
Follow these guidelines for making a mouthwatering BBQ charcuterie board that has everything you need for a delicious meal:
- Pick out your BBQ charcuterie board. It is best to use a large wooden board or decorative sheet pan. I have some tips for finding a charcuterie board in a post I did on a pancake charcuterie board.
- Start with a plan. Think about all of the side dishes you would like to serve with your slow cooker ribs. Make sure you have everything you need. Take out the needed dishes or serving utensils to create your design. I like using mini cast iron pans for a rustic effect.
- Add your meats. You will need to balance the preparation of all of your side dishes, but the nice thing about the slow cooker ribs is that the crockpot will keep them moist and warm until you are ready. If you are using a wooden BBQ charcuterie board, I recommend lining the area your ribs will lay on with wax paper—it prevents staining. Balance the ribs with your other meat choice (I like to use chicken wings).
- Place the sides that are in the serving dishes. I like to use traditional BBQ sides for my BBQ charcuterie board. This includes cornbread (in the cast iron skillets), baked beans, and coleslaw. I also include extra BBQ sauce for dipping.
- Fill in with the remaining sides. Once again think traditional BBQ sides. I like to quarter the corn cobs for a more decorative kid-friendly portion. I also use frozen sweet potato fries for added color and easy preparation—yumm-o.
- Finish with garnish. For added color tuck in some sweet pickles, sprinkle dill slices, and add butter or jalapeno slices to the cornbread.
Tips for Making a BBQ Charcuterie Board
My best tip for making a visually appealing BBQ charcuterie board is to think about balance and flow.
First, you will want to balance each item with a similar portion of another item. For example, balance the baked beans with the coleslaw or the slow cooker ribs with the chicken wings. You can even go for an A-symmetrical balance with a large portion of meat opposite a smaller raised dish.
It’s kind of a play on visual emphasis.
The second is the consideration of flow. The concept of flow is that you will want to spread some of the more colorful items throughout the platter. This causes the viewer’s eye to travel everywhere on your BBQ charcuterie board and in turn makes it more appealing.
This doesn’t have to be a literal line but a few areas that may create a broken line. Thinking of triangular placement also works well.
Final Thoughts on BBQ Charcuterie Board
As we go into barbecue season, I hope you are inspired by this BBQ charcuterie board. It’s great for parties, Father’s Day, or a family date night.
Food is always better when it looks as good as it tastes.
If you didn’t notice the link in the post, you can find the recipe for our super easy, mouthwatering slow cooker ribs here.
In the end, don’t sweat everything that goes into making a good BBQ charcuterie board. It should be relaxed and fun.