Meat for a Crowd: How & What to Cook for a Large Group

meat for a crowd

Cooking for a crowd can be daunting, which is why selecting the right meats can make a huge difference in the success of your event. Whether you plan to grill, use a time-saving slow cooker, or roast, there are plenty of meat dishes that can satisfy a hungry crowd.

In this blog post, we'll be sharing our go-to meat cuts whenever we need to feed a crowd. From classic options like brisket and pulled pork to surprising and sophisticated choices like leg of lamb, we'll cover a range of meats that can be easily prepared and served in large quantities. Keep reading for our top picks for meat dishes that are sure to impress your guests.

What meat to serve for a crowd? 7 tasty ideas!

Grass-fed and grass-finished Brisket

This large cut of grass-fed beef is perfect for feeding a crowd. We suggest slow cooking for several hours, resulting in a tender and flavorful dish that's perfect for any occasion.

Pasture-raised Pulled Pork

Another great option for a large gathering is pulled pork. It's easy to prepare in advance and can be served on sandwiches, tacos, or over rice.

Grass-fed and grass-finished Tri-Tip

This lean cut of beef is great for grilling and can be sliced thinly for serving. Tri-tip absorbs marinade well, so you can take it in whatever seasoning direction you choose.

Pasture-raised Whole Chicken

A whole roasted chicken will always be a classic crowd-pleaser. It's easy to prepare and can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. Recipe suggestions below!

Pasture-Raised Spare Ribs

Slow-cooked ribs are a favorite at any barbecue or gathering. Tender, succulent and undeniably delectable, just add your favorite sauce and you’ve got a decadent feast.

Leg of Lamb

A roasted leg of lamb is an impressive centerpiece for any large event. For a delicious and nutritious meal that matches a more elevated event experience, this is the cut you want.

Pasture-raised Whole Turkey

Always a family favorite, even outside the holiday season, roasting a whole turkey is a classic option for big gatherings. It's versatile and pairs just as well with traditional or more creative sides.


Meat dishes for a crowd

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Beef Dishes for a Crowd

Beef Short Rib Tacos

One of the most tender and flavorful beef cuts when cooked low and slow. And the no-cutlery-required nature of tacos is always a fun addition to a delightful soiree.

Greek Style Chuck Roast

A slow cooker recipe that helps make large event prep that much easier? Yes, please! We love the bright lemon in this traditional Greek recipe, and the various options for serving.

Beef Meatballs

This recipe offers tips for making a wide variety of meatballs, from Italian to Swedish. Bring out a pack of toothpicks and voila, you’ve got a flavorful and filling hors d'oeuvre.

Chicken Dishes for a Crowd

Buttery Herb Roasted Whole Chicken

Our thanks to Lycia and Taylor from Blackboard Grocery & Eatery for providing this juicy and remarkably flavorful recipe. Double or triple the recipe, depending on the size of your crowd.

One Pan Rosemary Whole Chicken & Veggies

Rosemary’s woody fragrance is often associated with the holidays, so if you’re planning a large holiday event, this might be the perfect recipe for you.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Savory with a subtle sweetness, jerk chicken might be the exciting change that’ll dazzle your guests. Plus, if you’ve never spatchcocked a chicken, this recipe has everything you need.

Pork Dishes for a Crowd

Spare Ribs, Spices, and Smoke

Get all our tips for brines and rubs that lead to the most deliciously smoked ribs. Plus, a recipe for ribs that will be so moist and flavorful that you won’t even think of reaching for the sauce.

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Shoulder

Another slow cooker winner, Chef Phillip Schaaf shares his low-prep recipe. Shred the pork and serve on buns with slaw and BBQ sauce, or pair with brown buttered gnocchi for a more sophisticated result.

Citrus Braised Pork Roast with Mojo de Ajo

For a true comfort food experience, this Cuban-inspired roast hits the mark. The long cooking time delivers maximum moisture and gives you ample time to prep the rest of your menu.

Our Favorite Lamb Dish for a Crowd

5 Tips for a Flavorful and Tender Leg of Lamb

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser recipe that will bring a refined elegance to the gathering, look no further than leg of lamb. This guide includes tips for seasoning, roasting, and carving.

How much meat do I need?

Factors like the number of guests you're expecting, the type of meat you're serving, and serving sizes will determine the quantity of meat you need to purchase.

In general, a safe bet is to plan for about 1/2 pound to 1 pound of meat per person.

If you’re serving meats with a higher bone-to-meat ratio, like ribs or pulled pork, you'll need to purchase more meat in order to achieve the same amount of servings.

Happy crowd feeding!

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