beans and rice help please

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by stiffyman, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. stiffyman

    stiffyman Smoke Blower

    NM
    I will be serving 400 at a wedding, I need help figuring how much pinto beans to buy and how much rice to buy, can anyone help please thanks
     
  2. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    1/4 to 1/2 pound per person finished product. If you are feeding the Mexican army figure 1 pound per person.
     
  3. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Probably 1/4 pound of finished rice or beans. I am assuming these are side dishes.
     
  4. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    I usually figure approx 1/4# per person dry pinto beans when I make 'em as an appetizer. Keep in mind I make 'em watery, not thick. Sorry I can't help with the rice though. Maybe 1/8# of each dry (unfinished) per person???

    Good luck with the wedding,

    Tom
     
  5. stiffyman

    stiffyman Smoke Blower

    NM
    Thanks all, ok to put it in easy terms for me, they are a side dish, looks like I need 100 pounds of beans, is that right?
     
  6. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    What is your main course going to consist of? I guess the main "X-Factor" here would be your particular market. Around here, people love spanish rice & beans so much that it's usually served as an appetizer while the BBQ is finishing up on the grill/smoker.

    I almost always throw a pot of beans (but not rice) in the smoker when I fire it up. I usually figure about 2# of dry beans per 10 people. That works out to 1/5# per person BUT I always shoot to have leftover beans to stock in the fridge/freezer for later use.

    For a tentative 400 guests I think you could get away with 50# of dry pinto beans. I'm imagining one of those styrofoam to-go boxes with the 3 compartments - one large and two small. The max ammt of finished beans that'll fit in the small compartment is 3/4 of a cup. Rice would be about the same - maybe 1/2 cup packed. That works out to approx 1/4 cup dry beans per person. So one cup of dry pinto beans you buy will serve approx 4 people. My fuzzy math is telling me that you'd need 100 cups of uncooked beans -IF- all 400 guests were to eat beans. I estimate that there are 4 cups in a 2# bag so figure 2 cups per pound of uncooked beans. Soooooo..............for 100 cups of uncooked beans you'd need roughly 50# of uncooked beans. Wow, the 50# estimate was just that - an estimate and after doing the math, it worked out LOL.

    Now, to quote Austin Powers after doing the math, "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed!" [​IMG]

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    I hope that helps you out some,

    Tom
     

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