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    Hosting a BBQ next weekend...help with portions!!

    MackinacBride
    Wed May 25, 2005 11:29 am
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    We're hosting a BBQ next week for my best friend's daughter's 1st birthday.

    There will be 20 adults and 10 children (ranging from 1-10 years).

    We will be serving:
    brats
    hot dogs
    burgers
    & jerk chicken

    Along w/various side dishes.

    How much of each kind of meat should I get???

    Thanks!!!
    Rita~
    Wed May 25, 2005 4:43 pm
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    MackinacBride wrote:
    We're hosting a BBQ next week for my best friend's daughter's 1st birthday.

    There will be 20 adults and 10 children (ranging from 1-10 years).

    We will be serving:
    brats
    hot dogs
    burgers
    & jerk chicken

    Along w/various side dishes.

    How much of each kind of meat should I get???

    Thanks!!!
    This really depends on how long they plan to stay? I always make sure I have more then enough. I would buy 15-20 of each. I`m thinking the chicken you can serve as a appetizer. 2-3 pieces of meat for each person. Leave the hotdogs & burgers frozen they cook up ok like that. This way you can keep any not cooked for an other BBQ. men at my parties can eat. But then they do go on for a while. Happy Birthday to her!
    DeSouter
    Mon May 30, 2005 8:44 pm
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    My friend held a bbq this weekend...20 adults and one very helpful kid.

    They had:
    8 lbs. of chopped meat for burgers that went in the first half hour
    10 lbs. frankfurters
    12 lbs. hot and sweet Italian sausage
    10 lbs. skirt steak
    4 lbs. shrimp

    The cooking started at 2:00 with most of the guests having arrived. Everyone stayed until about 7:30. There was enough food, but it would have been JUST enough if there hadn't been tons of sides and then desserts. Err on the side of a bit more, since you can have the left overs during the week. Franks and burgers will go first, though.

    May I also suggest:
    Mandarin Salad #25618
    Balsamic Tomato-Basil Pasta #104630
    Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail #48282

    and if you don't try it this time, check out Ribs My Way #67063. Use Country-style ribs if not the Baby Backs.
    MackinacBride
    Tue May 31, 2005 3:43 pm
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    DeSouter wrote:

    They had:
    8 lbs. of chopped meat for burgers that went in the first half hour
    10 lbs. frankfurters
    12 lbs. hot and sweet Italian sausage
    10 lbs. skirt steak
    4 lbs. shrimp

    The cooking started at 2:00 with most of the guests having arrived. Everyone stayed until about 7:30. There was enough food, but it would have been JUST enough if there hadn't been tons of sides and then desserts. Err on the side of a bit more, since you can have the left overs during the week. Franks and burgers will go first, though.

    May I also suggest:
    Mandarin Salad #25618
    Balsamic Tomato-Basil Pasta #104630
    Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail #48282

    and if you don't try it this time, check out Ribs My Way #67063. Use Country-style ribs if not the Baby Backs.



    Your ribs recipe and that bloody mary shrimp cocktail sounds AWESOME!!!

    Your friend's menu sounds great! Wow...I can't believe the food went so quickly!! Now I'm nervous about the amount I bought. Ours starts at noon...hopefully people won't stick around for a second, dinner round! It is moslty females coming...only 5 or 6 males...so hopefully that will help!

    I ended up getting 20 franks, 15 brats, enough ground beef for 15 burgers, 2 family packs of chicken breasts, a family pack of drumsticks, and a family pack of wings.
    For sides/munchies were having: Texas Trash, Texas Caviar, fruit salad, broccoli salad, beans, slaw, tater salad, sunshine lemon bars, Iced Texas Brownies, and of course birthday cake and ice cream.

    Now I just have to hope for good weather...there is a 50% chance of thunder storms icon_rolleyes.gif icon_mad.gif
    DeSouter
    Tue May 31, 2005 6:30 pm
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    From what I've noticed at BBQs where kids attended, most kids seem to go for hotdogs, and eat more than one, even if they are tikes. If they take burgers, they are often only partially eaten.....then the little darlings complain that they are still hungry a little while later. What about a box or two of pizza bagels to fill them up before you start grilling. I bet that half of them won't want any meat. And buy some bubbles or sidewalk chalk. Then they'll be off on their own and not concerned so much with food.

    Just to be safe, why don't you buy a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and have them on hand in the fridge just in case. Throw them into the freezer if no additional food is needed.

    The ribs and the shrimp ARE awesome. I suggest you try them in the future for a smaller gathering...they are that special.
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