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  • RAmorris
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    Number of People a Brisket Will Feed

    Starting with a 16 pound whole packer brisket, USDA Prime, that trims to 12.5 pounds. Wrap it in foil when it reaches 150 degrees F. and cook it to an internal temperature of 203 degrees F. Let the foil-wrapped brisket rest wrapped in a beach towel in a cooler for two hours. How many people will that feed if that's the only meat at the meal? Following are some pictures of my briskets.

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  • pkadare
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    • Jun 2019
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    #2
    I find that not counting sides, 1/2 lb of meat per person is a good rule of thumb.

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    • ssandy_561
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      • Apr 2015
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      #3
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      Me
      That looks great.

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      • Scout789
        Scout789 commented
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        Xactly! I don't play well with others and I don't share brisket!
    • LA Pork Butt
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      #4
      As pkadare advises 1/2 pound a person should be safe, but if want to try to pin point it the ages of your guests, whether they are male or female and the quality of your cook, which I believe will be excellent, all can make a difference.

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      • Ahumadora
        Ahumadora commented
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        Yes, the difference between a wolf and a canary is quite outstanding.

      • Scout789
        Scout789 commented
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        Also, if it is an outdoor event, people tend to eat a little more than they might otherwise. Especially if water sports or volleyball is involved.
    • Razor
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      • Mar 2018
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      • Pittsburgh

      #5
      Am I right in understanding you trimmed 3.5 lbs? Seems like a lot to me. I didn’t weigh the last beast I did, but I don’t think I was anywhere near that.
      Last edited by Razor; July 3rd, 2019, 11:34 AM.

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      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        Seemed like a lot to me too - I like to leave plenty of fat cap to help with the cook. I've weighed my trim on similar sized briskets from Costco and usually am around 2 pounds max.
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      #6
      I always plan on 1/2 lb a person when I am cooking for a crowd.

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      • JoeSousa
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        • Sep 2016
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        • Spokane, WA

        #7
        I usually plan on one pound of the full, untrimmed packer per person. Between trimming and shrinkage that usually works out to a bit more than a half pound per person. And add 3 or 4 pounds for leftovers.

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        • jfmorris
          jfmorris commented
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          This is excellent advice, as he will lose probably half of the original weight to trim and shrinkage.

        • Razor
          Razor commented
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          I weighed how much I removed on the first one I did and was surprised at how little I removed. I guess I've been getting lucky. I just bought a boneless pack at Costco for tomorrow and one of the two I didn't even touch with a knife.
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        #8
        But wait it's already cooked, where are the people?

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          #9
          I figure 5-6 ounces of cooked brisket per person. It’s a little over 1/3 pound. 9 pounds will serve about 25 people. A brisket will have about 43% waste. Which is about a 16 pound brisket.

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          • texastweeter
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            • Jul 2017
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            #10
            on brisket I figure 1lb of untrimmed raw weight per person. your brisket feeds 16.

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            • mountainsmoker
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              • Jun 2019
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              #11
              It really depend on the group you are feeding. I had 8 total of 10 up last year with a 12 pounder after trimming, and they dang near ate all of it. I may have had enough for a sandwich. So plan on your crowd. Women and kids will eat less men will eat more and big men will a lot more.

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                #12
                Generally speaking...count on 1/2lb per person...
                BUT...if my brother and his son are invited...that would feed two. LOL

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                • mountainsmoker
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                  LOL I know what ya' mean I come from a family of big men. Say all over 6 feet, 200 lbs. You might say when we have a Steiner reunion with 80 people we like to eat. We always figured on a pound. At a typical reunion back in the early 70's when 8 or 10 of us were playing HS footfall we needed that meat. I weighed, 240 back then. LOL
                  Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 5th, 2019, 08:06 PM.

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