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Old 08-12-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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What cut are you thinking of for the beef?

I find bottom or top round works well, but I yield about 80% for the most part.

Sammie and a half is a good average with 3 sides.

75 X 5.33 = 400 Oz
400 / 0.8 = 500 Oz
500 / 16 = 31.25 lb

So if you're cooking 40 lbs you'll have enough for an extra 21 sammies.

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Old 08-15-2008, 08:36 PM   #2
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beef gets more yield than pork because it is leaner

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Old 08-16-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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Its a good thing the f in beef was crossed or that number might have easily gone up 1000 percent.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:14 PM   #4
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Re: How much Beef for 50 people

Originally Posted by kimmal
I've been asked to do some pitbeef sandwiches for 50 people (40 adults, 10 kids). Apparently the pitbeef sandwiches is going to be the main course, with sides of macaroni salad, potato salad and couscous.

I was wondering how much beef would be appropriate to cook. My rough estimate was about 40#, came up with this using 6 oz of meat, 25% shrinkage and 1.5 sandwiches per person.

Am I way off base or is that pretty close?

Any advice is appreciated.
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