Throw a 21st Century Stag Party
Welcome to the stag party of today: A good-time gathering for guys, featuring an easy-going menu of brisket, beans and bourbon.
According to Betty Crocker's Guide to Easy Entertaining, first published in 1959, the fundamental idea of a stag party is “no women!” A party where “feminine” hospitality is evident, thanks to advance preparations of “simple, hearty and easy-to-serve” refreshments that are “waiting for the men to find for themselves when they are ready.” Antiquated as that sounds, this kind of get-together is actually a common kind of occurrence at my household. It usually involves a game (either on TV or around a card table), a fridge stocked with cold beer, meat (heaps of it) and some other easy finger foods. And, most importantly, you better believe I'm not held solely responsible for all of the party preparations!
To bring Betty's stag party into modern times, I relied on my slow cooker to handle the preparation of the main dish: a juicy, beef brisket, served with a pot of smoky, sweet Old Fashioned Baked Beans on the side.