How Many Ribs Should I Serve at My Barbecue?

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Q. We are having a party of 10 for an informal barbecue and plan to have ribs and chicken on the menu. How many ribs per person should we serve?
Bobbi Wos
Chicago, IL

A. Plan to serve three to four ribs per person. The one thing you don’t want to do when throwing a party, informal or not, is to run out of food. But what’s the key when barbecuing for a large group of people? Assuming that ribs aren’t the only item on the menu, “you can figure on three to four ribs per person,” says Joey Ortiz, general manager of RUB BBQ (Righteous Urban Barbeque) in New York City. Each slab, whether they’re baby-back or country-style, usually has 13 to 14 individual ribs on it, so go ahead and prepare 4 slabs if you’re serving 10 people. Then you’ll have extras on hand for those who have big appetites (or for those who just suffer from rib addiction).  ―Kristin Appenbrink

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