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Unread 08-27-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Got approached to do a major BBQ gig for a biker bash with anywhere from 300 - 400 people. So my first reaction is...oh yea baby!...Then oh $h1T baby that is a huge amount of food. They want pulled pork, brisket, bbq beans and potato sald. So..help!!!! How much meat and what sort of price with me setting up a buffet style and maintaining it for about 4 hours. I will have at least one other person assisting me. Thanks and this is both scary and exciting!
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Are you serving indoors or out?

To keep the amounts of food in check I would set a staff member up to serve the pulled pork and brisket. People have suggested this to me several times but I thought I knew better...turns out I didn't and suffered for it. Try explaining to person # 280 that you cooked enough pork to serve 400+ but it's all gone now.

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need at least 6 people and probably 8 would be better.

400 bikers = 150 lbs cooked pork so that's about 40 butts. Takes time to pull. Same amount of brisket and that's a lot of slicing.
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Having some serious reservations about trying to take this size of cooking on. The biggest I have done before is for 40. I will offer to provide the meat, but that would be it. I just believe a halfass job isnt how I can grow my business.
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I recommend having more help. I usually have 2 people with me for parties over 150 people. For 300-400 you should have at least 3-4 helpers especially if you have never done large parties. That is a lot of pork to pull.

Also is this catering or vending?
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