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cheapest way to feed 30-40 people

post #1 of 57
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wife's 30th bday today, but the party is next saturday...so whats the cheapest way to feed this group? Hamburgers and hotdogs? Every couple is bringing a plate of something so I just need to provide the main course.

Anyone ever grill a roast? A guy at work suggested grilling a large pork roast, but I am thinking the hamburgers and hot dogs is the easiest/cheapest.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciaited...Brian
post #2 of 57
I would think burgers and dogs would be cheapest but we made a pork roast on the rotisserie camping one year and it was excellent.
post #3 of 57
Could always look into getting a party sub.
post #4 of 57
go to local supermarket...store brand rolls...the buy one get one free hot dogs and the big box of 1/4lb patties
post #5 of 57
My ex was one of 11 kids, they had get togethers all the time, and I usually cooked for them, women folk made big pans of potato salad, etc. I did 1/2 chickens on the charcoal grill made from a 275 gallon oil tank. rental places should have a big grill like that if you can't find a friend with one.
post #6 of 57
Keep it simple with the burgers and dogs
post #7 of 57
Burger's and Dogs....you'll look like a hero----NOT.


Start with Burgers and dogs, for the kids......

next chicken wings, grab yourself some of the aluminum foil cookie sheets, use the ones about the size of half the grill top, keeps the grill clean and easy to stack in the fridge to prep ahead of time. Cook the wings with nothing, NOTHING on them, after they are done, stir them in large bowls with BBQ/Yashida's/Ah-So. Serve.

Pork Loin-you should be able to find them on sale for $1.79 a #, grab one 8-10#'s, rinse and dry 2 days ahead, use injector and fill that sucker with favorite marinade, wrap in foil, 2-3 layers and leave to marinate in the fridge. Cook on the grill. all the way at the back, or on the top rack, slooooowly.

Steak tips, the night before, marinade in a large tupperware container, always a hit. Cook to order.


Got a turkey fryer, if so, fill with water, get a bunch of steamers, cooks them in no time, plenty of broth.

That should do it, I do this jsut about every weekend at the cottage thru the summer, should expect to run you a good $150-$200, although you ahve time you should be able to find some sale items.....BJ's/Sams Club is a good source for bulk.


Oh yeah, PM your address.

chris
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post #9 of 57
If you know anybody who can fish I hear that striped bass are quite tasty & easy to cook.
post #10 of 57
Go to googinator's house and shoot some rabbits. 2 birds with one stone.
post #11 of 57
Subway, five...five dollar...five dollar foot long. Eight choices, get a pile of them, cut in thirds or so, serve 'em up.
post #12 of 57
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Originally Posted by thisistheyear View Post
Subway, five...five dollar...five dollar foot long. Eight choices, get a pile of them, cut in thirds or so, serve 'em up.

thats not a bad idea, maybe a lil' mix and match with the burgers and dogs..
post #13 of 57
If you have a kettle gril you can roast a full turkey in a few hours. Alternately, you could do several beer can type chickens. Inexpensive, tasty, and look great without much effort.

Personally, whatever I made for my wife's B-day, I'd want it to look like I made an effort. I'm just saying...
post #14 of 57
I'd add chicken and london broil to the mix of burgers and dogs.....most places are running sales for 99 cents a pound for the chicken and PathMark has LB on sale for 1.49 a lb.......

As mentioned doing the birds on a beer can or in halfs is a good idea (imo)....or pick up a few family size packs of thighs and drum sticks, easy to serve......

The LB you can slice across the grain (chill in the freezer before slicing and it cuts nice) and soak it over night in a mix of ginger/garlic/soy sauce/olive oil........grill over a very hot fire......good stuff and cheap......

Baked beans are on sale......add chopped onion, cooked bacon, a little mustard and bbq sauce and people will think you know what you're doing........

Corn is on sale.....grill or boil that.........

You can also ask a few people (you trust to do a decent job) to bring the salads and a dip or two for chips.....usually there are a few happy to help the cause........
post #15 of 57
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Originally Posted by passiton View Post
If you have a kettle gril you can roast a full turkey in a few hours. Alternately, you could do several beer can type chickens. Inexpensive, tasty, and look great without much effort.

Personally, whatever I made for my wife's B-day, I'd want it to look like I made an effort. I'm just saying...



Could do a ham also.
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