Hello Dr. BBQ:
My name is Lisa Dorzweiler and I’m in the middle of planning my wedding for July 2008. My mother-in-law-to-be volunteered to make our food but I’m concerned that we won’t have enough for 100 people. Anyway, my question is: How much brisket do we need to feed 100 people? I’ll be pulled BBQ brisket by the way. Thank you so much for your time,
I’m the BBQ answer man at Fiery Foods so Dave asked me to respond to you. When cooking whole packer cut briskets the expected yield is around 50 percent of the raw weight and if brisket is the only meat you’ll want to figure 1/4 to 1/3 lb per guest of the cooked meat. So for 100 you’ll want to start out with 50-66 pounds of raw meat to end up with 25-33 lbs of cooked meat. If it were me I’d start with 60 lbs of raw meat because I”d rather have some leftovers than to run short at a wedding! Now if she’ll be cooking brisket flats the waste will be much less. In that case I”d start with around 45 lbs of raw brisket.