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Old 06-20-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default Church Picnic for 150

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.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:50 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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1.5lb per person is a better guess at a buffet style.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:50 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by jbcain View Post
1.5lb per person is a better guess at a buffet style.
I agree. Especially at the price of free.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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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.
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