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Texas Turtle
10-23-2012, 07:49 PM
...in a typical rack of spares? I'm cooking for a party this weekend and I'm trying to decide whether to do 5 or 6 racks. (30 people)

10-23-2012, 07:54 PM
Not sure how many bones, but I'd just go ahead and do 6 racks. Better to have delicious leftovers than run out!

On further thought - are there other main dishes available? I know some farkers who can dust a rack on their own. You may wanna do more than 6 depending on the type of eaters you have coming.

On further futher thought - spares - got it - not sure, but you may be alright - I always do multiple meats so I've never figured totals for ribs. In other words, don't listen to me! :heh:

10-23-2012, 07:57 PM
Full rack..10-13 bones.

10-23-2012, 07:57 PM
I have been known to over indulge when im eating something wonderful!

10-23-2012, 08:01 PM
Well best guess is 12 to 15 bones per slab :)

10-23-2012, 08:45 PM
I have a full rack in freezer and just counted 12 bones in it.

10-23-2012, 08:55 PM
12 is what I usually get, sometimes 13.

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10-24-2012, 01:53 AM
For 30 people the 6 racks times 12 bones leaves everyone with 2.4 bones.. better have a lot of sides, or do 12 slabs??

10-24-2012, 07:11 AM
I figure a rack per 3 people.

Texas Turtle
10-24-2012, 09:02 AM
The spares are only one component. I'm planning on doing two butts for pulled pork, 4 - 6 chickens and several links of sausage for nibbling. I want to have enough for leftovers to take home if possible. The pulled pork is the main attraction. Down here, most people think BBQ means brisket, which I'm purposely not doing this time. I'm going to introduce these folks to proper pulled pork, since several of them have told me they have never tried it. I'm assuming an average of two ribs per guest, but that sounds pretty paltry now that I see it in print. Better get eight to be sure. Thanks for the advice, folks.

10-24-2012, 09:42 AM
On average adult pigs have 14 pairs of ribs.

10-24-2012, 10:52 AM
Most have 12 bones for good measure I would cook at least 8 racks

chomper's bbq
10-24-2012, 11:07 AM
I agree that you need more slabs to feed 30; you could through on a nice big pork loin to act as a filler.

10-24-2012, 11:28 AM
On average, 12 bones per rack, and for catering, I always figure on 2 bones per person when doing 2 meats, so for 30 people, you'll need 5 racks, 6 to be on the safe side.

Texas Turtle
10-24-2012, 11:29 AM
Okay, so eight racks, two butts, six yardbirds and eight links of sausage. These are mostly older folks from my Sunday school class, so I don't think many of them will eat three ribs plus everything else. We are supposed to have potato salad, slaw, two types of beans, pickles/onions/peppers, buns, bread, three desserts, water, tea, soft drinks (potluck style). I'm providing the meat 'cause it's my party. Various football games on 3 - 4 TVs, and probably a lot of sitting around socializing. I'm planning on having the offset, WSM, barrel grill, and maybe the gasser for warming purposes all running when people show up. Just wish I had a big Fear the Pig banner to put up.

10-24-2012, 11:43 AM
With the above you should have plenty and leftovers

10-24-2012, 12:31 PM
Wow, sounds like you are well covered at 6-8 racks........What time and where, you wouldn't really mind a crasher or two would you?:twisted:

10-24-2012, 01:01 PM
On average adult pigs have 14 pairs of ribs.

and they eat one side of it...:laugh:

10-24-2012, 01:55 PM
If I'm ever in Texas in October, I know whose Sunday school class I'm visiting!!!!

Texas Turtle
10-24-2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks, guys. I'm hoping to post pron on Monday if I can find the time to snap some pix.