View Full Version : Church Picnic for 150

06-20-2012, 06:02 PM
I have been volunteered to make the food for a picnic we are having at my church in a couple of weeks. They are planning on having 150 people there to eat. I have the ability to do all the cooking on-site all at once so there is no issue with having to cook anything in advance and rewarm it on-site.
I wanted to get some input on the quantities I am planning on for the event from some of you that are much more experienced in doing these types of events.
Current plan is:
Pulled pork - 140 lbs precook weight
Baked beans - 2 full trays (thinking 6 #10 cans)
Cole Slaw - 30 lbs prepared
Cold veggie salad (something like Texas Caviar) - not sure how much but a bunch
Dessert option of Watermelon or Brownies

I will be setting this up as a serve yourself buffet.

When I look at the quantity of pork it seems like too much but when I have cooked for church events in the past I have been amazed at how much people have eaten.

Any input would be appreciated.

06-20-2012, 10:50 PM
I've called a few bbq joints and they pretty much say the same thing. 1 pound of cooked meat will feed 4-5 people.

When I do it, I figure 1 pound for 4 people then add a little extra to be on the safe side.

06-25-2012, 09:13 AM
1.5lb per person is a better guess at a buffet style.

06-26-2012, 12:50 AM
1.5lb per person is a better guess at a buffet style.

I agree. Especially at the price of free.

06-27-2012, 10:57 AM
Most of the time one average pork butt will make 20 sandwitch. That sound like a lot of pork If it like our church we have pot luck and there be a ton of food there.