If I got a pulled pork burger for every time I get asked “How many ribs should I cook for XYZ event” there is no way I would be able to cover myself with a double bed duvet.
I would be massive! Its always a struggle to guess how much food you need to cook.
Its a difficult question, however, before anyone can answer this question, you have to think about a few variables:
Lucky there is a way that you can calculate how much 'XYZ' you need for when you are catering for a party. Lets get into it.
Charlies Hot Tip
Make More Than Enough!!!!!
The best thing to do is cook more than you think you need. The last thing you want is to run out.
People also tend to take go into survival mode and take more if it looks like they won't be enough. It is always good to have leftovers to eat later or send home with your guests.
Planning is the absolute key to do is ensure you don’t run out of food.
Our roughest guess to plan to serve .5 pound or .25kg of meat per person. If you have a large percentage of men in the crowd increase that to 1 pound or .5kgs.
When you are planning drinks we suggest allowing for two drinks per person per hour.
The above is the baseline we have outlined below the specific measurements when planning to cook for a crowd. Remember always plan for extra, leftovers are always a bonus after a party.
For each adult, count on having about 4 to 5 ounces or .15kgs of cooked chicken.
10 ounces of uncooked boneless chicken breasts will yield approximately 6 1/2 ounces cooked.
10 ounces of uncooked boneless chicken thighs will yield about 5 ounces cooked.
Plan to serve three to four ribs per person.
Each rack, whether they’re country-style or baby-back, usually has 13 to 14 individual ribs on it.
So go ahead and prepare 4 slabs if you’re serving 10 people.
You should allow for eight ounces (or half a pound) of steak per person.
However, if you are cooking something that will significantly cook down like brisket go for 3/4 of a pound per person
There are two main ways salmon is prepared and served, the whole fish and single serve fillets:
If serving the whole salmon – which means that the fish are exactly as they came from the water – you should figure each person will eat 3/4 pound to 1 pound.
If serving salmon fillets – which are ready-to-cook lengthwise slices of fish – on average each person will eat 1/3 to 1/2 pound.
Here’s how much you’ll need if each person eats 1/2 pound: An average salmon fillet is 1/4 pound so allow 1.5 - 2 salmon fillet per person.
You will probably lose about 50% of the weight of your brisket after trimming and cooking it.
Therefore it is recommended you get about 2 pounds more per person. Besides, it is always good to have leftovers.
When your cooking pulled pork for a crowd there are two rules to remember:
Charlie's Hot Tip
Like the sound of caramel pulled pork? Making the caramel sauce is easy. All you need is 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup water. Add both of these to large skillet and boil over medium heat for 1 minute, whisking constantly.
Use this caramel sauce to ensure you juicy and succulent pulled pork when it comes times to serving!
When you plan to serve pork tenderloin it is recommended you allow about 1/3 to 1/2 pound per person.
If you plan on having a salad with your meal try to allow for 4 ounces per person.
We recommend the following sites and resources to ensure your catering estimates are correct:
Fix:This site is always a handy go to for us.
Martha Stewart: She has fantastic tips on party planning checklist.
Along with having a good think about all the variables that will affect your catering, I recommend a few good days of prep.
The more you have done before the day will allow you to spend more time with your friends and family.
Not only this it will allow you to look after the star of the show, the delicious and delectable meats.
Whats favorite party dish to prepare?
Happy smoking everyone
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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