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Number of racks of ribs?

How many racks of baby backs would you cook for eight adults? Thanks, Bill

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  • GA_DawgsGA_Dawgs Posts: 273
    Depend on how many sides you are doing. I find 3 works well for me with 2-3 sides. Everyone would get about 4 ribs that way. If you think they would eat more go for 4 that way each person gets a half rack.
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 5,819
    I like 4. If they're good, they will eat more and not having enough ribs is never a good thing. If they're good, but your guests keep the animal contained, you'll have some great left overs. :)
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  • Crispix49Crispix49 Posts: 190
    The more bread/pasta/potato type sides, the less meat that will be consumed.  I'd still lean toward 4 vs 3 just in case you have some big eaters.
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  • dweebs0rdweebs0r Posts: 497
    I say do 5 racks.  I did 4 racks tonight for 4 adults.  I have plenty left over to take for lunch in the morning... Did I mention I am so full I am about to pass out?


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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 2,824
    + 1 for 3 racks

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  • njlnjl Posts: 768
    No less than 3.  4 if you can fit them.  It also depends on the ribs though.  I find the baby backs I get at Costco tend to be particularly meaty, and I've gotten BB ribs eating out where I was like "where's the pork?"  With the Costco ribs, half a rack is really too much for a single portion.  With the anorexic ribs some places serve, half a rack is easily consumed with its sides.
  • milesbrown4milesbrown4 Posts: 314
    Agree with @ GA Dawgs - 3 at least but 4 would cover the spread nicely.  Most are "eyes bigger than stomach" and will wave off at 2-3 ribs (sides fill them up).  Good sides - slaw, potato salad, fries, baked potato or roasted veggies.  
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 11,121
    Makes me think of the story of Jesus turning water into wine. At that time any host of a celebration, wedding or banquet that ran out of wine would not only be committing a socialblunder but could actually be jailed.

    In the south there's a few things you don't run out of.... Ammo, sweet tea, but especially food. We're not happy unless you're virtually miserable after a meal. While we may not be arrested it would certainly be a hospitality fail.

    Also, you must send some home with every family or guest. I'd say around 8 racks.
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  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 771
    I would vote for half rack each and if you have some teenage boys attending there won't be any left overs.  I would also cut them into two rib portions so that the less hungry don't take more than they want to eat.

    Gerhard
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,351
    Babyback or spares?

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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 1,646
    henapple said:
    Makes me think of the story of Jesus turning water into wine. At that time any host of a celebration, wedding or banquet that ran out of wine would not only be committing a socialblunder but could actually be jailed. In the south there's a few things you don't run out of.... Ammo, sweet tea, but especially food. We're not happy unless you're virtually miserable after a meal. While we may not be arrested it would certainly be a hospitality fail. Also, you must send some home with every family or guest. I'd say around 8 racks.
    That's how it would play out at my house.  I'm not sure that is the "right" or "best" way to do it, just that it is what we would do.

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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I'd do 4 racks for 8 people but I always do some apps and sides as well.
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • I agree with @Foghorn, with the exception of the sweet tea! Just drink it straight up with a glassful (and I mean from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top) of ice.
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,881
    I always plan for 1/2 a rack of baby backs per person, there is always one guy that will eat a whole rack....and they are always good for lunch the next day.

                                                                        
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  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    I agree with @Foghorn, with the exception of the sweet tea! Just drink it straight up with a glassful (and I mean from the bottom of the glass all the way to the top) of ice.
    I grew up like this and once I started working professionally around people not raised in the South, I notice how they didn't like a glass full of ice.  It was the most confounding concept to me.

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  • @dpittard, even worse... up here in the great white north, you can't even get a glass of unsweetened tea. Hell, at most places, when you order "tea" it comes hot in a cup with a saucer!
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  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 771
    I agree with you iced tea is definitely better south of the border, what is sold as ice tea here generally has a bigger relationship to KoolAid than tea.  Our beer tends to make up for it though ;)

    Gerhard


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 11,121
    My sister makes it with so much sugar a spoon will stand up in it... Also good on pancakes.
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,881
    I thought this was a rib thread. lol
                                                                        
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,739
    8 people, are the 8 people all girls? 4 men 4 women? Or 2 men and 6 midgets?

    But whatever, I'd do 1 rack to 2 men, 1 rack to 3 women


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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,881
    8 people, are the 8 people all girls? 4 men 4 women? Or 2 men and 6 midgets? But whatever, I'd do 1 rack to 2 men, 1 rack to 3 women
    How many per midget?
                                                                        
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  • BillPinNCBillPinNC Posts: 68
    Thanks for all the advice! I think I will cook 5-6 racks, with the sides we would have some leftovers. Regards, Bill
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 11,121
    JRWhitee said:

    I thought this was a rib thread. lol

    Sweat tea and ribs go together...
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,881
    I don't do sweet tea, I'm sweet enough. :)) Of course I am originally from up north.
                                                                        
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 3,739
    JRWhitee said:



    8 people, are the 8 people all girls? 4 men 4 women? Or 2 men and 6 midgets?

    But whatever, I'd do 1 rack to 2 men, 1 rack to 3 women

    How many per midget?

    =))


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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,881
    8 people, are the 8 people all girls? 4 men 4 women? Or 2 men and 6 midgets? But whatever, I'd do 1 rack to 2 men, 1 rack to 3 women
    How many per midget?
    =))
    I am still laughing...
                                                                        
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