I don't know if this is the correct place to ask these questions but I figured I would give it a go.
A local hardware store is hosting a for charity Grill/BBQ contest. They will have a people's choice contest and local celebrity judged contest. People can buy a taste tester band for $25, that is how they will raise money. There is no real rules as to what you can enter other then you need to have enough for at least 300 1oz servings. They said there will be some prizes for winning teams but mostly the event is to raise money for a local childrens hospital. Grills and smokers will be provided by the hardware store and we can choose from kamado Joe and/or Traeger grills, both sponsors. You have to use the provided grills(advertisement). They will also provide all the wood/charcoal needed, contestants are responsible for providing the food. After the even the teams will have the option to buy the once used grills at 20% off. I'm guessing winning teams will win one of the provided grills but that has not been confirmed.
I have never entered any kind of cooking contest but I was thinking about smoking some pork shoulder for the event. I really don't know what goes into trying to cook food and serve it to 300+ people. If anyone has any advise I would welcome it. My plan would be to serve pulled pork sliders.
As far as the grill does anyone have a suggestion as to which one I should choose to cook on? The guy I spoke to did say we could use more then one but I don't know that's going to be needed unless I decided to do more then just pork shoulder. I'm thinking the Traeger would be the easiest to use to smoke something with out having any experience on it, I use an 18" wsm at home with a heatermeter controller.
Does anyone have any other ideas for something to grilled/smoked. I chose pork shoulder because I'm familiar with it and it's cheap. I was thinking about something like bacon wrapped jalapenos but preparing 300 of those sounds a bit daunting.
Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.
Edit: Another option could be Pepper stout beef sliders(I have never cooked this but I found it here awhile back and have wanted to try it)