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Unread 10-28-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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So I am going to be working on smoking turkey and ham for about 300 people, half and half. I have never cooked this much for so many people. Can anyone help me with how much I need of each?
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Unread 10-28-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
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When I do a large cook I always try for 1/4 lb of each meat cooked. Some will take more some less. Now having said that ...it also depends on your sides. The more sides you have the closer to the 1/4 lb total. If you have only a couple of sides people will eat more meat.

If you are only having one side I would look at 1/2 lb per person ...per meat. This sounds like a lot but grab some meat that you have cooked and put your portion on a plate and weigh it!

Just think of a plate, add some sides a roll, then meat and you can see that if you put more in front of people most will "sample" each vs loading a plate full of ham and turkey.


Now for a better trick use smaller plates!..
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Unread 10-28-2009, 10:46 AM   #3
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300 People sounds like allot of food. Wish you luck with that!
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Unread 10-28-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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300 People sounds like allot of food. Wish you luck with that!
Yeah and I am doing if for free for a family member. Wasn't given much of a choice, my wifes sister. I'm stressing hard cause well if you look at the sig I got 2 webers and the big tank is retired. Yeah I'm looking at cooking in waves and reheating.
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When I do a large cook I always try for 1/4 lb of each meat cooked. Some will take more some less. Now having said that ...it also depends on your sides. The more sides you have the closer to the 1/4 lb total. If you have only a couple of sides people will eat more meat.

If you are only having one side I would look at 1/2 lb per person ...per meat. This sounds like a lot but grab some meat that you have cooked and put your portion on a plate and weigh it!

Just think of a plate, add some sides a roll, then meat and you can see that if you put more in front of people most will "sample" each vs loading a plate full of ham and turkey.


Now for a better trick use smaller plates!..
+1 - fits my experience completely!
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I think you bit off more than you can chew...
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Yeah and I am doing if for free for a family member. Wasn't given much of a choice, my wifes sister. I'm stressing hard cause well if you look at the sig I got 2 webers and the big tank is retired. Yeah I'm looking at cooking in waves and reheating.
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Might be time to build a couple uds...
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Build 10 UDS fill with meat. When done flip them over and the use the bottom to serve off of! either way good luck.
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Build 10 UDS fill with meat. When done flip them over and the use the bottom to serve off of! either way good luck.
A most excellent idea . Or see if there's a Brethren in your area who would rent / loan a larger smoker to you. With the price of vacu-suck bags (not to mention the hassle) you might come out cheaper building 2 or 3 UDSs.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #10
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woah that's a lot of food on not a lot of grill space. sounds like a great excuse to build a few UDS's though!!!
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Unread 10-29-2009, 06:03 AM   #11
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Best of luck to ya Bandit
Sinse your wife volunteered you, I think she should buck up for a new pit
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