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Tri Tip BBQ for 25-30
JJ
04/06/14
I am hosting some staff from work for a backyard BBQ. This is what I am thinking of:

tri tip 10 pounds
garlic bread 4 loaves
beans #10 can (I doctor it up with sauteed onions and bacon)
cole slaw 5 pounds (I'm making a peanut slaw, with green onions and a peanut vinaigrette)
watermelon 2 large
potato salad 1 gallon
dessert: 1 Costco cake

lemonade 2 gallons
water bottles: one case
beer and wine: when people ask if they can bring something, I am suggesting a 6 pack or bottle of wine.

Does this seem like correct amounts?

ellen
04/06/14
This is pretty good for 25, a tiny bit short for 30. It depends a little on the type of appetite of your eaters.

tri tip 10 pounds- consider grilling 2 whole chicken also, cut up to serve. You should serve the first round of tritip unless you do at least 12 pounds.
garlic bread 4 loaves- OK, none left
beans #10 can (I doctor it up with sauteed onions and bacon)- OK, none left; maybe add one bi grocery store can
cole slaw 5 pounds (I'm making a peanut slaw, with green onions and a peanut vinaigrette)- make sure no one is peanut allergic, that can be deadly. Go 6 if you really expect 30
watermelon 2 large- OK
potato salad 1 gallon- OK, none left
dessert: 1 Costco cake- plenty left if full sheet

lemonade 2 gallons
suggest add 2 jugs unsweetened tea
Don't forget ice, about 1/2 pound per person
water bottles: one case- OK if 12-16 ounce
beer and wine: when people ask if they can bring something, I am suggesting a 6 pack or bottle of wine- OK

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JJ
04/06/14
Thank you for your information. Our group is predominately women in their 20's, 30's, and 40's. I did forget we will have some vegetarians). So rather than add chicken I'm thinking of doing something else. Maybe add a cheese tortellini salad instead of potato salad and making more?

No peanut allergies. I have been hosting about 2 meals a year for this group and always seem to miscalculate amounts (have way too much) I'm okay with running out at the end.

Also, if I can be bold, I also posted a question about another event I'm hosting- afternoon open house for 75 that's a few posted a few below this. Any suggestions for that event?

Thanks
JJ

ellen
04/06/14
If you are grilling, there is a really tasty veg sausage, brand name "Field Roast", usually in the dairy or produce area. Switching to a tortellini salad is a great idea- 1 pound tortellini per 8, approx equal volume add ins, use chopped broccoli and artichoke hearts instead of pepperoni and salami.

I did not miss your other request, but it is much more complicated. Do check back.

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