When planning a family gathering, one of the first things that people think about is the food! Not only do the hosts have to accommodate food preferences and dietary preferences, but also they have to choose foods that everyone will find tasty and delicious.

In this post, we’re going to share five non-vegetarian dishes that should be a part of your next family gathering. Too often, we’re focused on providing vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to the basics and eat meat!

Here are five meat-based dishes that everyone will be sure to love at your next gathering!

1. Smoked Pork Ribs

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like juicy pork ribs straight from the grill. Choose a dry rub and tangy sauce, and you can make your own delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Some people are intimidated to cook ribs, but once you do it a few times, it will be easier! Ribs are a bit tricky to master, but oh-so-worth it! On the grill, ribs take about an hour to cook (longer for beef ribs). You can also cook ribs in a slow cooker or smoker. This article shares three ways to cook ribs - and one to avoid.

2. Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Another people-pleasing recipe is kabobs made with marinated chicken and vegetables. It’s a healthy dish that will even leave room for dessert! You can hand-pick the vegetables based on your family’s taste preferences, but some popular options include bell peppers, mushrooms, red onion and zucchini. Brush with olive oil and soy sauce and serve over rice. Delish!

3. Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos

The nice thing about nachos is that you can easily make them for a crowd using a sheet pan recipe. They’re quick and easy to make, and you can either add the toppings or let your guests take the reins. And since you cook nachos in the oven, you can save this recipe for times when it’s cold or rainy outside.

One recipe that we love is this Tequila Lime Baked Chicken Nachos. You make them on a sheet pan using chicken breasts, pico de gallo and tequila lime-baked chips. Garnish ideas include black beans, sour cream, avocados, mexi-corn, jalapenos and olives. It’s a neat spin on an ordinary but loved dish!

4. Skillet Pork Chops

You can make juicy and tender pork chops for a crowd with very little fuss. Rub the chops in salt and seasonings and cook them on a skillet. This recipe recommends cooking pork chops in the same way as chicken breasts. Start by searing the chops on one side, then flip them over and cover with a lid. This way, they turn out juicy and flavorful!

5. Baked Chicken Wings

Has anyone ever said ‘no’ to a night of beer and chicken wings? Chicken wings are great for boys’ nights, game nights and other casual events. You can make the wings in the oven with no need for flour! Serve them plain, dip them in buffalo sauce or offer both! You can even store the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days, so nothing will go to waste.

It’s fun getting together with family - and now you have some recipes to help make your night a success! If you’d rather not have the mess, cater a few dishes from La Rosa Chicken and Grill. We’ve got crispy, grilled and roasted chicken, as well as plenty of side dishes!

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