Dr. BBQ: I’ve read most of your comments for planning large events, and I think I have the right idea, but I wanted advice anyway. I am planning a BBQ for 100 warehouse associates at my facility. We’ll be serving slaw, baked beans, and BBQ sandwiches. I’m estimating two sandwiches per guest, at an average of 4 ozs of meat per sandwich. (It’s a warehouse and these guys can eat.) Based on the math, I’m estimating 800 ounces of cooked meat, which translates to about 1600 ounces (100 lbs.) of raw meat. I am overestimating, or is this the range in which I need to be operating? Thanks. Memphis Mike
Hi Memphis Mike,
I think you're in the ballpark on your figures, although I usually add 10% just in case. Pork is pretty cheap and running out is a bad thing.
A 4 ounce sandwich on a normal hamburger bun is pretty good. Unless you make the sandwiches some of the guys will load them a little heavier but in Memphis a lot of them will leave room to top the sandwich with slaw and of course not everyone will have two. Just don't get large buns or the sandwiches will get heavier.