If you are wanting to calculate how many racks of ribs for 20 people then you will want to read this post. There are a few considerations, such as varying appetites and what you serve the ribs with but we will give you a helpful general guide along with a few tips along the way.
Ribs are one of the best meats for smoking and an ever popular go to appetizer or main at most barbecues. Whether you want to serve baby back ribs, spare ribs or St Louis style ribs (which are spare ribs that have been trimmed down to look better and make them easier to deal with) there’s no denying the ongoing popularity of pork ribs.
How Many Racks of Ribs for 20 People?
Overall it’s a useful point of reference to think of half a rack of pork ribs per person, if you are cooking Baby Back ribs. For spare ribs (which are larger and fattier) consider 2-3 ribs per person.
It’s also worth considering whether you are serving the ribs as an appetizer or main – if you are serving ribs as a starter you will need less than if you want to serve them as a main.
How Many Ribs in a Rack of Spare Ribs?
Spare ribs vary in the number of ribs in a rack. Depending on the cut of the ribs and the size of the pig it can be anywhere between 8-13 ribs.
How Many Racks of Ribs Per Person?
If you are serving baby back ribs as a main along with sides half a rack of ribs is about right per person. If you are serving the larger and fattier spare ribs as a main dish you can aim for around 4.
If it’s appetizers you are aiming for 3-4 baby back ribs and 2-3 spare ribs should be enough for most appetites.
How Many Racks of Ribs For 8 Adults?
If you are feeding 8 adults, half a rack of baby back ribs per person should be enough, so 4 racks of ribs altogether. If you want to serve spare ribs you won’t need as many per person because they are bigger and meatier. 1 rack of spare ribs can feed up to 3 people so around 3 racks of spare ribs for 8 adults.
How Many People Will 3 Racks of Ribs Feed?
If you have 3 racks of baby back ribs then this will be enough to feed 6 people, factoring in half a rack of ribs each. If you want to serve the larger spare ribs cut 3 racks could feed up to 9 people as each rack will feed up to 3 people.
How Many Racks of Ribs for 10 People?
If you want to serve 10 people ribs then you can think of half a rack of baby back ribs per person or 5 racks altogether. Spare ribs are bigger and can feed up to 3 people so you could serve around 4 racks of spare ribs for 10 people.
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