Dinner for 40

Discussion in 'Pork' started by scarbelly, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We met with the bride today and came up with fun menu. We are doing 3 "sliders" one will be a hamburger- one will be a roasted chicken with a chicken au jus and finnaly a pulled pork slider. The rest of the plate will be sweet potato fries and 7 cheese macaroni and cheese with a panko crust. We will be doing an ice bowl with shrimp which I will post when done - The dessert will be a strawberry / raspberry cheescake in a pool of mango sauce.
    We are expecting 40 guests. At about 4oz each I am thinking an 8# butt will handle it. Has anyone done this before? Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
  2. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  3. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tasty sounding spread ya got planned out. Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!
     
  4. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds tasty. What type of bun are you using for the sliders?
     
  5. jdsmith

    jdsmith Smoke Blower

    By no means am I an expert, having only done 1 butt so far. But at 8 lbs, I would think you need to figure how much fat you're gonna cut off, and how much more there might be that you take out when you pull it. Just my 2 cents.
     
  6. jdsmith

    jdsmith Smoke Blower

    after reading it again, it finally sank in that you'd be serving more than just pork. In that case, maybe it just depends on how big of a hit the pork is compared to the others as to whether 8 lbs is enough
     
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We are going to use 3 different buns. The burger will be a Hawiian bun with a Chipotle mayo - the Chicken will be a rosemay bun and the pork will be a sourdough roll
     
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My thought was that with a 30% loss an 8 Lb would yeild 4# which wold be enought to give 40 4 oz servings
     
  9. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd throw on an extra butt. You can always use the leftovers. Not gonna go to waste and I can't imagine feeding 40 people with 4 pounds of butt. I would seriously consider doing 3. But then again.... I keep my freezer full.

    OK... after reread.... nothin is soakin in. This is just one of three sandwiches on the plate. Got it. May be enough... ok... drop the 3rd butt... but I'm still thinkin I'd do a second... just in case, and I've been known to be glutonous.
     
  10. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    a butt will feed 12-15 people, You need to do 2. The kids will want the burger sliders, and the older or health conciencious will want the chicken. Do 2 butts. I doubt that you'll regret it![​IMG]
     
  11. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    who ever complains about more butt.........
     
  12. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I second the second butt. Better to much than to little.

    Especially because some of those people may not have tasted real Q before and will be coming back for seconds and perhaps thirds.

    If PignIt and I for example, were invitees You'd definitely need the second and perhaps third butt. [​IMG]

    No offence meant to PignIt. [​IMG]
     
  13. carpetride

    carpetride Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you do slaw on the Q then I would suggest a sweet vinegar based one...keeps you from having to keep it cold like you would with Mayo based one.
     
  14. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Non taken!
     
  15. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to agree with doing the second butt. If it doesn't get used so be it but if ya run out then that's not good. PP freezes extremely well.
     
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know much about cooking for large groups but I have cooked for 30 people a couple of times so I have alittle expience. I'm watching and reading yours because I have a wedding also to cook for but there will be 80 or so and it's my daughter's wedding. So this is helping me too. I hope you the best of luck with your event. It sounds like you will have a good time to be had by all.
     
  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for all the input - I will do a second butt for sure.
    Appetizers will be
    Shrimp in a home made ice bowl - pics to follow
    Smoked Mozzarella
    Smoked Nuts
    Mini Quiches - caramelized onion and mushroom
    Veggie Tray
    Dinner
    Green Salad with candied pecans and fresh fruit in the greens
    Each plate will get the following
    Hamburger Slider on a Hawaiian Roll
    Chicken Slider on a Rosemary Roll
    PP Slider on a Sourdough Roll
    7 Cheese Mac and Cheese
    Sweet Tater Fries
    Dessert
    Miniature Cheesecakes topped with strawberries served with a fresh mango puree underneath
     
  18. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    sounds like good eats!
     
  19. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is the 5th rehearsal dinner we have done in our back yard plus 2 wedding receptions so if you need any help on ideas let me know. We have done everything from a full on Hawiian menu to Chicken Wellington for 50. Just takes some good planning.
     
  20. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here is the start of the ice bowl process - we have filled the first half of the water in to start arranging - we will pour the rest in when we get into the freezer and add extra flowers for the top half - more pics to follow . This one needed a second brick to keep the top bowl down in the water
     

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