If you own a catering business, it is important to determine how much food you need to buy per person. If you are hosting an event where a smoker will be used to smoke meat, you may find yourself wondering what the right amount of meat to purchase is. Here is some information every caterer should know in regards to how much meat caterers need to purchase for a smoker.
Turkey and Chicken
If you plan on serving turkey or chicken to your guests, you must first look at whether you are serving boneless, bone-in or whole turkeys or chickens. If you are serving boneless turkey breasts or chicken breasts, you can plan on feeding each guest about a 1/2 pound of turkey or chicken. If the turkey or chicken is a bone-in variety, plan on 3/4 pounds per person. And if you are serving whole chickens or turkeys, you can plan on serving your guests each about 1 pound of turkey or chicken.
One of the more popular items to prepare in a smoker are ribs. If you are planning on serving ribs, you should plan on feeding your guests about 1 pound of ribs per person. This includes all varieties of ribs, including baby back ribs, pork spare ribs, and beef short ribs. The weight should be measured before any sauces are added to the meat.
Steak, Tri-Tip and Briskets
The last type of meat that you may be preparing in a smoker is red meat. This includes steak, tri-tip and beef briskets. If you plan on serving any of these cuts of meat, you should plan on purchasing about 1 1/2 pounds to two pounds of meat per person. Red meat does shrink a bit more than white meat in a smoker, so more meat is needed.
Keep in mind, that the above recommendations are just recommendations. If you are serving a lot of children, you may need less meat, and if you are serving mostly hungry men, such as for a bachelor party, you may need more meat. Keep in mind what type of event you are hosting and how many side dishes you are serving as well, as this will affect whether you should purchase a little bit more or a little less meat than you think you may need.
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