If you're planning a large gathering that will take place outdoors, it's fun to come up with a type of catering that is conducive to this environment. For many people, barbecuing is synonymous with eating outdoors, so you may wish to find a barbecue catering service in your community. As you discuss the menu, you'll likely be paying special attention to the main courses — which could include brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and other similar meats. You'll also want to ensure that you pick the right side dishes and have plenty of beverage options. Don't forget about dessert, too — it's the perfect way to wrap up a meal of barbecue. Here are some desserts that must be on the menu.

Peach Cobbler

Few dessert choices are as appropriate after a barbecue meal as peach cobbler. This dish is immensely popular in the southern states, where local peaches give the dessert a sweet taste. Even if you're not in the south, your catering company can still get fresh peaches to produce this dessert. Alternatively, you may also want to consider peach pie instead of peach cobbler. This is another popular peach dish that your guests will enjoy — especially when it's served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie might not sound as appetizing as some other popular desserts, but that's probably only because you haven't heard of it. This is another dessert that is commonplace at southern barbecues and that definitely warrants it being on the menu for your catered event. This type of pie is filled with a custard-like substance that lists buttermilk as only one of its ingredients, so you can expect each bite to be sweet and creamy — not have the actual taste of buttermilk.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is another southern staple that you'll likely want to add to the menu of your barbecue catered event. Catering companies can almost certainly offer this dessert, given its popularity at barbecue gatherings. Although it's popular at Thanksgiving, it pairs well with barbecue fare because its sweet taste serves as a perfect complement to the spiciness of many barbecue dishes. This is a dish that pairs well with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, so ensure that your catering service can also offer these additions. By wrapping up your event with these options of desserts, you'll help to create a gathering that your guests won't soon forget.