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bbq lucnh
Bethany
04/22/14
I am helping with a bbq lunch - it will be after church from 11am-1pm. It will be buffet. The first group will eat from 11am on and the second wave will come over around 12:15 or so. it will be a mix of adults,teens and children. Our menu is:

pulled pork
mac and cheese
green beans
cole slaw
cookies

For simplicity, I did my figures based on 100 and will find out how many to plan for this week.. what I came up with for each 100, we will need the following:

pulled bbq - we are buying it premade- 33#
120 buns
20# coleslaw mix with 2 quarts of dressing
5 #10 cans green beans
2 cookies a piece

where I am having a little trouble is on the mac and cheese. I am making a baked mac and cheese that I have made before but just not in these quanities. I am buying dry macaroni and a cheese sauce that comes in a #10 can, boiling the mac and mixing in the cheese sauce then baking in a full pan with some shredded cheese on top.

For 100 people, I think I need 5 hotel pans total so I would need 10# pasta 4 #10 cans of cheese (I will have some sauce left over since I think 1 #10 can of cheese would be the equivalent of 3 quarts of sauce.)

does this look right?

ellen
04/24/14
bbq lunch
You did great! Even your mac and cheese is excellent, and yes, yous could do just 3 cans of the sauce. Do very slightly undercook the macaroni, since you will be cooking it further. Consider adding 3 gallons of either beans or potato salad.

Since you have kids, 30 pounds bbq would be about right. Do have some cheese, egg salad or at least pbj on hand for the non-pork/meat eaters.

Bethany
04/24/14
Thanks. Each time I do something like this it gets easier.. I did say we probably needed to add hot dogs or chicken nuggets for those who may not like bbq (especially children). Although we are putting the menu out in advance so people will know what they are walking into - which should be good..I did find out that we are planning for 300 so I would just multiply by 3- right?
ellen
04/24/14
Chicken nuggets are the current trendy kid plate, but legs are just as popular, and may be cheaper. As you multiply to 300, you get a little more left, so can cut back a bit, about 5%.
ellen
04/24/14
Yes, chicken nuggets are the current fall back, but chicken legs are equally OK with kids and might be cheaper. When you do for 300, you have a little more leftover- you can cut back a little, 5%, at 300.
Bethany
04/30/14
I did try looking through some stuff but i am not finding quite the right answer...

for this dinner we are buying pulled pork from GFS that I guess is precooked and frozen. We are going to thaw it out in the fridge. it comes in aluminum half pans but we are worried about having enough oven space so we floated the idea of using roasters or crock pots. If we were going to put it in a roaster (each container is 5 pounds) what temp and how long would you say it would take to bring them up to temp?

ellen
04/30/14
Assuming they are fully thawed, fridge.

15 pounds meat per roaster. At least 1 hour at 325, with the oven preheated. You want to bring it to 165 in the middle, then turn the roaster to 180.

Bethany
05/01/14
Should we take it out of the aluminum pans so that it is loose? I am guessing we will stir it from time to time in the roaster.
ellen
05/01/14
Yes to both.
Bethany
05/01/14
thank you so VERY much...
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