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easy meat math

It's simple to figure how much meat you'll need for a party. Use our meat math chart and follow these simple tips:

  • Weights listed are for the food as purchased, including bone and/or skin if applicable, and are meant as guidelines only.
  • Add a few extra servings to have enough for second servings or leftovers.
  • Round up as you multiply - it's better to have a little extra than to run out. Any unused meat, either raw or cooked, can be frozen for another use.

Meat Math Chart

Meat Per Person 4 People 12 People 40 People
Lean or Extra Lean Ground Meat 1/4 lb. 1 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Spareribs 1 lb. 4 lb. 12 lb. 40 lb.
Steak - boneless
tenderloin, rib-eye, sirloin
1/4 lb. 1 to 1-1/2 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Steak - T-bone 6 oz. 1-1/2 lb. 4-1/2 lb. 15 lb.
Chicken - boneless 4 oz. 1 lb. 3 lb. 10 lb.
Chicken - bone-in 1 to 2
pieces
1/2 lb.
2 lb. 6 lb. 20 lb.
easy meat math
easy meat math
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