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Old 05-22-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Company party for 400

tri tips, hamburgers, hotdogs and 2 sides

my question is how many tri tips will i need for 400ppl? buffet style
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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You will get around 8 servings per normal tri-tip, assuming you can get 2.5 to 3 pound whole tri-tips. There is not a whole bunch of loss on poundage, and with other items to eat, I would think 1/4 pound per person would be adequate. Let's assume 2.5 pounds raw, you will end up with around 20% loss, so 2 pounds cooked. That would be 8 servings, 400/8=50 tri-tips or 125 pounds raw weight.
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:01 AM   #3
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I think that Landarc is talking about "peeled" tri-tips----which means that the fat cap has been removed.

Tri-tips used to be called "trimmed" and "untrimmed"-----now IBP and most companies are calling them all "trimmed"----but the ones with the fat cap removed are marked "Peeled"

If you use tri-tips that still are carrying the fat cap----there is a great weight loss while trimming and you will need more meat and more labor, but the price per pound drops.

I think that Landarc's numbers are right on
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