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Need help with how much to cook

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by wboggs, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. I'm responsible to provide the meat for a Bible study lunch of about 15 to 18 people. I'd love to smoke something but the time of the event sort of forbids it. I saw a great idea for meatloaf where someone took a bunt cake pan, lined it, inside to outside with bacon then filled it with the meatloaf mixture. I figure that's something I can accomplish in the morning before church but I'm not sure it will be enough for that many people. My plan is to cut the bunt cake meatloaf like a cake and provide buns for meatloaf sandwiches. How much meat do I need?
     
  2. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would say 1/2 pound per person, maybe 1/4 pound per person if your making sandwiches and limiting amounts, I'm sure some of the real pros will chime in and give you a better idea of how much
     
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  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For sandwiches, rectangular disposible bread pans will yield a more uniform slice. Meatloaf made with 80/20 beef, Breadcrumbs, egg, etc., has about a 60% yield. A 1" slice of meatloaf is about 4ozs.
    20 servings x 4oz = 80oz / 16 = 5lbs / .6 yield = 8.3~8.5 pounds of beef.
    This gives some wiggle room for extra hungry or unexpected guests...JJ
     
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  4. Thanks
     
  5. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man Smoking Fanatic

    If you run out and the people are still hungry, just turn that good book to Proverbs 23:2 and start preaching :emoji_joy:

    I kid, I kid...
     
  6. Gluttony and the knife if I recall? ~Harsh given the target audience lol.

    There's always the pulled pork and crock pot option to reheat if you cook the day or night before, use a little finishing sauce in the pot to keep it moist for the reheat and no one's going hungry plus the economics are hard to beat.

    Do a hot and cold tray for sides and you'll be the talk of the congregation!
     
  7. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Here is a handy calculator for group catering.
    Al
     

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  8. Thanks
     
  9. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's the great thing about this forum ask and you shall receive. Some great answers for your question.
    From both JJ and Al.

    Warren
     
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  10. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    JJ Thanks for the like it is greatly appreciated.

    Warren
     
  11. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Flatbroke Thanks for the like it is greatly appreciated.

    Warren