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FattyMac 08-15-2011 03:03 PM

Party for 60, Numbers check please
I'm throwing a party for about 60 people. Mix of men and women of all ages. I have counted kids younger than 14 as half an adult.
Well 48 have rsvp'd but the with 18 outstanding so I figure I should cook for 60 and let people take home leftovers is there are any.

Here's what I'm thinking:

4 packer Briskets in the 10-12# range
10#s of pasta to become pasta salad
28 cups of beans, similar to Kerri's Hog Apple. I had made too much for my part of a family get together and have had them in the freezer.
12# Green Salad

Does that sound about right? Too little? WAY too much? Keeping in mind that I would rather have a little too much than not enough, especially on any meat as you can always find a use for leftover BBQ.

Do you think I should add another meat? If so any suggestions? I was originally thinking of grabbing some Italian sausage from costco/sams for a pseudo-Texan bbq.

Also we were thinking of cake and ice cream to finish. Any thoughts on how much of that?

Thanks! :thumb:

hamiltont 08-15-2011 04:40 PM

Off the cuff. Brisket looks ok. Sides look a little short. Might consider hot dogs for the kids, and picky adults. You'd be surprised. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in. Cheers, and good luck!!!

mikeTRON 08-26-2011 01:51 AM

I wish I had more personal experience but thats not the case, YET :-P

I have recently been checking out and reading the advice there.
Check it out.

bigsapper 08-29-2011 12:08 PM

Got this from someone here recently. It might be helpful.
Oakridge BBQ Catering Workbook...

NRA4Life 08-29-2011 01:02 PM

Throw a couple butts on there if you have room, they'll take about as long as the brisket.

FattyMac 08-29-2011 03:15 PM

Thanks for all the information. It went off without a hitch and everyone loved it! Not to many up here had ever had brisket before.

I ended up cooking about a dozen racks of baby backs as well as the brisket. There were no burnt ends left and just enough brisket to make a pot of chili.
There were several racks of ribs left though. They are now vac packed and in the freezer.

I had a full pan and a half pan of beans with about a half pan left over.
The pasta salad was off by about 1/2 on the too much side same with the lettuce salad.


Originally Posted by mikeTRON (Post 1764521)
I have recently been checking out and reading the advice there.
Check it out.

Lots of good info here. Thanks!


Originally Posted by bigsapper (Post 1768316)
Got this from someone here recently. It might be helpful.
Oakridge BBQ Catering Workbook...

Thanks, I used soezzy's calculator to come up with my numbers.

hamiltont 08-29-2011 04:07 PM

Congrats! Always a good feeling when a plan works out. Cheers!!!

bigsapper 08-30-2011 07:18 AM

:oops: Doh! I didn't pay attention to the date on your original post.

Glad it worked out so well.

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