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ThomEmery 08-26-2008 09:11 PM

Gig in October for 120 Same day cook
One of my Trash customers wants us to cook his companies fall BBQ (they do 3 a year)
120 employees. They want Ribs (don't they all?) Looks like Spares, Chicken Breasts, BBQ Beans, Green Salad, a Brownie and Drinks
What ya think per head?
I do a lot of $ with these Guys.

chinesebob 08-26-2008 09:20 PM

17.00 a head. The ribs and chicken push it over the top. About 5 times more work in my opinion. 40 - 50 full slabs - that's just too much effort. 4 bones then only 30 - still more work than it needs to be.

TOPS BBQ 08-27-2008 10:23 AM


Not sure what else you are including (disp. chafers, plates, utentsils, cups, linens..etc.), plus are you smoking or grilling those ribs. Are you providing buffet or serving. How many helpers? Travel?

If this is a good customer and you will get the other two parties, I would do this for about $14 - $15 a person. The ribs are definitely going to be cumbersome, but the rest all looks like cake.

BTW - If you are serving full spares (not st. louis) I would do 2 maybe 3 ribs per person. But then this will means that you will need to serve for portion control.

Good luck!

ThomEmery 08-27-2008 07:55 PM

I usually serve out of the Klose on these deals
Yes I do the plates etc. Its me and Kyle on the serving line

big brother smoke 08-28-2008 04:08 AM

When catering, I choose to do do as little pre-labor as possible, meaning ribs come pre-tripmmed St. Louis style. For example: You pay $1.39 for untrimmed, and you pay 1.89 for St. Louis, I will take St. louis cut anyday for catering. Why, time, cost of labor, the less the meat is handled by your staff, etc.

If you have 200 clients at .33 per lb, the cost would be $91.74; At $1.89 the cost would be 124.74.

jbrink01 08-28-2008 08:12 AM

My price list shows $13.05 a head.

ThomEmery 08-28-2008 08:17 AM

:) add $2.00 for California pricing :)

$15 feels like a heck of a deal for them

lazybonesmoke1 08-29-2008 02:32 PM

$15 sounds like a good deal.

Bigmista 08-29-2008 05:15 PM

15 sounds right for good customers.

3 bones/person * 120 people = 360 bones /13 = roughly 28 racks. Add 3 extra racks just to be safe = 31 racks. Maybe a little less because you are cooking chicken also.

ThomEmery 09-01-2008 09:33 PM

Picked up a Wedding for 75 today

smokinit 09-02-2008 07:59 AM

I would be at $15.95 and If it were ove 60 miles round trip I would have a fule surcharge in there also. Diesel is still out of control. I have also found that if you have two meats or more you can do two bones and still fill em up especialy if you pick out the biggest racks you can find. My butcher takes care of me on that end.

ThomEmery 09-02-2008 09:04 AM

The guys I am cooking for make the Bio Diesel that I run
:) I haul Green Waste for them and had to hit em with a Diesel Surchange
early this year

Brian in So Cal 09-04-2008 05:55 PM

Congrats Thom on picking up the gigs. Looks like your on your way.

big brother smoke 09-04-2008 07:08 PM

Nice, call me if you need tablescape suggestions for the wedding, Thom, lol!

ThomEmery 09-04-2008 07:53 PM

I will indeed

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