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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 7:37 am    Post subject: Guidance Needed for Feeding 25 Guys Reply with quote

Ringers, I'm cooking for an upcoming Men's Retreat and need some guidance on roughly how much to prepare for 20-25 guys.

I usually wing it but am trying to get better at estimating for larger groups. The number in parenthesis is what I'm estimating I'll need. Don't know how close I am to reality.

Also, what are other options for lunch? What would you want for dinner the first night? Thanks

--jeepdad

Friday Dinner Option 1
Smoked Brisket Chili (using an 8 pound brisket for 4 gals of chili)
Cornbread Muffins (60 muffins)

Friday Dinner Option 2
Sausage and Chicken Gumbo (4 gals)
Rice (boatload)
Bread (4 homemade loaves)

Saturday Breakfast
Scotch Eggs (4 lbs worth)
Fattys (8 fattys)
Biscuits (4 dozen)
Grits (1 lb bag)

Saturday Lunch
Sandwiches (4 loaves)
Chips (6 big bags various kinds)
Various Deli meats (9 lbs)

Saturday Dinner
Barbecue (4 8-10 lb butts)
Hushpuppies (boatload)
Slaw (1 head cabbage worth)
ABTs (50)

Sunday Breakfast
SOS (5 lb ground beef)
Biscuits (4 dozen)
Grits (1 lb bag)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you have it pretty well covered. What do you put in the Hushpuppies? I just got a new recipe that's pretty tasty.


2 Pkg Martha White Hush Puppy mix
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped crab meat
1 cup chopped shrimp
1 cup Velveeta cheese grated
2 Jalepeno's chopped
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds dang tasty, thanks. My recipe is below.

--jeepdad


Owen's Outerbanks Hush Puppies

2 c. self rising flour
1 c. white cornmeal
2/3 c. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. water
c. milk

Mix first five ingredients thoroughly; add egg and blend well. Combine milk with cold water and pour over dry ingredients. Mix gently but quickly, just enough to blend everything together. Allow to rest for ten minutes at room temperature. Drop by rounded tablespoons into 325 degree vegetable oil. Fry, rolling frequently, until golden brown, 6-8 minutes.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are right on with the amounts man. By my calculations you should have left overs from each meal even with big eaters. I always try to plan on left overs so people can graze if the get hungry. For dinner on Saturday unless you are looking for insurance in case you get a bad butt or drop one you could drop back the amount of pork to 25-30lbs raw. 30lbs raw weight with 25 men who like to eat will get the job done with leftovers from my experience. Just don't forget Roxy's mustard sauce!

Other options for lunch that are easy, on the cheap, and hard to resist are good old hot dogs and smoked sausages on the grill. Sloppy joes are another good quick tasty inexpensive option.


With the spread you have planned I wish I was closer Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked how you slipped a little slaw in there for some veg. I think you should do chili last cause all I can think of is the camp fire scene from Blazing Saddles happening the whole weekend.

Are the 20-25 guys big eaters???
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a good plan, I would go with two heads of cabbage. Do you have a good dressing? If not try Marzetti cole slaw dressing, Bloom carries it in the salad dressing isle, it is really good but better than that it is really easy.
See you next week.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rare Breed wrote:
I would go with two heads of cabbage.


This. At least two.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 or 6 meals for 23 guys? On a weekend?

When's your retreat?

Nice work,man,please show us the pics.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeepdad,
I'm eager to see the pics of this cook bro! Very Happy
I know you always do it up right! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

with that menu make it 26 Shocked dude nice touch with the grits on Sunday god i love grits
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18 11 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

killswitch505 wrote:
with that menu make it 26


Sorry , no useful information here, but I might catch a ride with killswitch.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toga, thanks for the good words it is appreciated.

KulinaryKila, Haaaaaaaaaa!

Thanks Steve!

vw addict, roger that!

Bigeasy, the retreat is not until mid April so I have plenty of time to plan.

chuckied, thanks, Bro!

Thanks Denny...I love grits too!

zski, Haaaaaaa c'mon over!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously Jeepdad??!!

Just do your thing, You've got some serious culinary intuition Wink

And you are the man for sharing it all!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything looks awesome except I would (might) add an extra fatty and then make a good fatty/sausage gravy to go with those biscuits (might have to add a few more biscuits if you go that route).

EDIT You might also just go with a plain white gravy beings you have all the other sausage items....just a thought.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound's like you need to whip up some women for the retreat.

1 each should be enough but get a few extra just in case someone wants seconds. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smokin' Hoglegs thanks for the kind words, bro!

Geronimo, Mmmmm gravy not a bad idea, thanks!

RubThatButt Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19 11 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6 Kegs of beer, two cases of Jack Daniel's and 100 large pizzas.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20 11 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am wondering if some of you people are not realizing what "men's retreat" means.... Shocked Shocked Shocked

If not mistaken, it is a religious experience therefore, no girls, no booze and nothing of "ill-repute" allowed. Shocked Shocked

But, I COULD be wrong, it would not be the first time I showed up to a party with the WRONG thing in my hand...and mind. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20 11 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Hell Fire brother that may be a budget buster but will keep it in mind! Very Happy

Geronimo, thanks....no worries. Yep it is my church retreat. I like cooking for the guys any chance I get.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20 11 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Cr@p Dan,when is is this all going to go down,I can just imagine the size of this post,looks like your going to cook up a storm with that menu.I hope you don't have the same guy cooking Hush puppies as last time. Very Happy.........I swear way to much.....guess I won't get an invite. Very Happy
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