Estimating Food for Your Bbq Cookout Party

April 18, 2018

Estimating the amount of food to serve for a large barbecue party can be overwhelming. But with simple calculations and generous estimations, you will surely come up with enough food servings good for everybody. It is important to do your own calculations whether or not you’ve hired a bbq catering Singapore provider to do the task. This will give you a clearer idea of how much to budget for your otah and satay party.

Start by assessing individual portion sizes in ounces according on the demographics of your party. For example, if you’ve invited kids, allocate 4 ounces or 1/4 pound of meat per child. If you’re feeding a gang of linebackers, you will need to triple that amount. Once you’ve calculated individual serving sizes, multiply the amount by 50 to come up with a fairly accurate estimation of how much food you will need. However, keep in mind that it’s always better to serve a bit too much than not enough, so be generous with your allocations and bbq catering budget.


Generally, you will need 1/3 to ½ pound of meat for each of your guest, or 15 to 25 pounds of meat. Hotdogs, brats, and hamburgers are the simplest meat to calculate since these meats are packaged and pre-counted. You can order specific amounts of food from Singapore’s bbq catering that come in pre-determined packages. Estimate a single serving of one meat and additional 20 percent of other meats. If you will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, allocate 15 to 20 pounds of pork for each person. The pork can be maximized because it is shredded, however, it may have the tendency to shrink because of its fats. So be flexible with your estimations in order for you not to run short. If you prefer using chicken breasts on sandwiches, budget 25 pounds for every guest.

Side Dishes

In estimating barbecue side dishes in Singapore you can allocate six ounces of it per person, which totals to 300 ounces for a party of 50 guests. This usually breaks down to almost three gallons or 20 pounds of food. You can already have a gallon of pasta or potato salad, another gallon of lettuce salad, and another one of fruit salad. For more selections, add 50 ounces of potato chips, or one ounce per person.


The beverages are very important, especially on a hot season. Allocate a total of 1,600 ounces of lemonade or 32 ounces for every guest. With this amount, you need to secure large containers where your guests can easily help themselves for a drink. But if you hired a Singapore bbq wholesale and catering provider, there’s no need for you to worry about this. Another option is to stock individual bottles and cans of drinks. Fill a large cooler with ice and store your beverages in it to keep cool. If serving beer, estimate two bottles per person. Again, it is always better to estimate more than have less.


What is a party without desserts? For outdoor cookout party, ask your bbq wholesale and catering provider to serve finger foods or easy-to-eat desserts, such as cookie bars, cookies, and brownies. Apart from the fact that they’re easy to eat, they’re easy to portion as well. Estimate two to three pieces of each dessert for every guest. If serving ice cream, order two to three gallons of different flavors for a party of 50 guests.

Every day is a great day in Singapore for cookouts, picnics and other outdoor activities. However, bringing food outside, in warm and humid environment, can impose great risk to food safety. Food airborne bacteria multiply more rapidly at warm temperatures (between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit); therefore, the hot environment outdoors makes the basics of food safety particularly important.

Fortunately, there are so many precautionary methods that Singapore consumers and bbq catering providers can do to ensure food safety during an outdoor otah and satay party. What are these methods? Read on and find out.

1. Always wash your hands before and after handling food
Whether you hired a bbq catering provider like from Singapore or do the catering yourself, always wash your hands when getting in contact with food. This rule seems basic but not everyone executes this. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and a few seconds longer if you have just used the toilet. If there’s no available sink or the sink is too far away from the party area, have moist disposable tissues at hand for a more convenient hand cleaning.

2. Separate raw food from cooked food
Never use plates that previously held uncooked meat, seafood, or poultry when serving ready-to-eat items, unless the plates have been washed with hot, soapy water. Always keep surfaces and utensils clean before and after using them.

3. Use marinades properly
A marinade is a savory sauce that bbq wholesale and catering providers use to tenderize and enrich the meats’ flavor. When applying this method, marinated meat should be stored in the fridge and not left on the counter. Poultry and stewed or cubed pieces of meat can be marinated up to two days, while beef, lamb and pork can be marinated up to five days. If you’re planning to use the marinade while cooking the food, reserve a portion of it before putting in the uncooked meat; or boil first the used marinade to kill harmful bacteria before incorporating it with the cooked food.

4. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold
Foods that are intended to be served hot should be kept at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, should be well-wrapped, and placed in an isolated container; while cold foods should be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and must be placed directly on racks of ice, or in a deep pan filled with ice. Your bbq wholesale and catering provider should already know this and has the right equipment to ensure stable food temperature.

5. Always keep all cooking utensils and your cooking area clean
Make sure that the cooking and serving area are kept clean all the time. Stock plenty of clean platters and utensils so you can easily get one whenever you need one. To prevent accumulation of foodborne bacteria, never use the same serving apparatuses for cooked and raw items. Buildup of harmful microorganisms in raw poultry and meat extracts can contaminate cooked food.

If your bbq catering party is held outdoors, look for a clean water source. If there’s none, ask your caterer or make an effort to bring plenty of water for food preparation and cleaning. For cleaning surfaces and hands, pack clean damp towels and cloths.