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church BBq
I'm planning a barbeque for 200 people. How much chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hotdogs and fish will be needed? Also how many watermelons, honey dew melons and other fresh fruit will be needed? This is for the 4th of July
Renee, I never recommend fried fish for large outdoor gatherings, especially when kids are around. Can you skip it?

To estimate the amounts and the fruits, I need the rest of the menu and desserts.

Thanks for the reply Ellen. As it stands right now, we're planning on having Pound cake, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, oatmeal cookies and lemon cake. They want also want potato salad, macaroni salad, bean salad, baked beans, cucumber salad, tossed salad, pasta salad and because these folks are from the Caribbean, rice and peas.

We are skipping the fish all together.

Thank you for all your advice,

OK, 200 people

chicken, 200 pieces, 25 chickens-30 chickens
ribs, 1/2 pound per person
hamburgers, 100, see the sandwich page for help with pickles and trimmings
hot dogs, skip? any kid who wants a dog will eat a chicken leg...

potato salad, 50-60 pounds potatoes
macaroni salad,
pasta salad,
between the 2, 10 pounds dry pasta, you decide the split

bean salad, 5 gallons
baked beans, 6 gallons

cucumber salad, 22-24 pounds cukes, 5 pounds sweet onions
tossed salad, use the plan for 100 table, do 1 1/2 the amount for 100

rice and peas, about 8 pounds dry peas, 16 pounds dry rice

watermelons, honey dew melons and other fresh fruit
fruit tray type? 4 watermelons, 6-8 honeydew, 8 quarts/pounds strawberries, same grapes

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