How Many Ribs Per Person

How many ribs per person should I serve at an event for a large group?

How Many Pounds Of Pork Spare Ribs Per Person?

A Handy Rib Table For The Exact Number of Ribs And Servings Of Ribs Per Person When You Are Catering for a Large Group - see below.

Entertaining can be difficult enough without worrying about whether you'll have sufficient food on hand to feed everyone. When it comes to ribs, the issue can get even trickier. You're in luck, though there are guidelines to help you ensure that your event goes smoothly.

See Our Catering For Events and Large Groups Resource Page

How Many Ribs To Cook Per Person: The Basics

Part of the skill of cooking pork ribs (or beef rib, short rib, spare rib) is to create a menu or at least a picture in your mind of what else you are planning to cook with your half slab. Will you have fries, chicken wings, ground beef hamburgers. Or will you have a salad or a side of green beans? 


See Our Recipe How To Make Pork Ribs In An Instant Pot

Let's ask the question another way?

How Many Side Dishes Should I Serve With Ribs

Most people will serve some potato dish - fries, wedges, or a baked potato with their ribs. Perhaps a side garden salad and some corn.

So you should serve3 sides with a single serving of ribs.


Grandma's Butter Baby Carrots Also Go Really Well With Ribs - See Recipe

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How many baby back ribs per person - For 10 people

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 10 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 100 ribs of 7.5 slabs for 10 people - with one side dish
  • 120 oz or 7.5 lb ribs for 10 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 70 Ribs of 5 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 10 people
  • 80 oz Ribs or 5 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 10 people
Ribs For 20 People
Ribs For 20 People

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 20 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 200 ribs of 15 slabs for 20 people - with one side dish
  • 240 oz or 15 lb ribs for 20 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 140 Ribs of 10 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 20 people
  • 160 oz Ribs or 10 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 20 people
Ribs For 20 People
Ribs For 20 People

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 25 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 250 ribs of 18 slabs for 25 people - with one side dish
  • 300 oz or 19 lb ribs for 25 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 175 Ribs of 12.5 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 25 people
  • 200 oz Ribs or 12.5 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 25 people
Ribs for A Crowd
Ribs for A Crowd

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 50 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 500 ribs of 37 slabs for 50 people - with one side dish
  • 600 oz or 38 lb ribs for 50 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 350 Ribs of 25 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 50 people
  • 400 oz Ribs or 25 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 50 people
I Luv Ribs
I Luv Ribs

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 75 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 750 ribs of 56 slabs for 75 people - with one side dish
  • 900 oz or 56 lb ribs for 75 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 525 Ribs of 37 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 75 people
  • 600 oz Ribs or 37 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 75 people
How many ribs per person should I serve at an event for a large group?
How many ribs per person should I serve at an event for a large group of 100 people?

How Many Ribs Do I Need To Feed 100 People

With 1 Side Dish

  • 1000 ribs of 75 slabs for 100 people - with one side dish
  • 1200 oz or 75 lb ribs for 100 guests- with one side dish

With 3 Side Dishes

  • 700 Ribs of 50 slabs with 3 side dishes will feed 100 people
  • 800 oz Ribs or 50 lbs with 3 side dishes will feed 100 people

How To Keep Ribs Warm When Cooking For Large Groups

If you've ever tried to barbecue meat for a large gathering, you may have noticed that it can be difficult to pull off. This is especially true if your grill is too small to cook all the meat at once. Fortunately, there's a way to keep the cooked ribs warm while you grill the secondary meats.

Fill a regular, well-insulated cooler with a few gallons of hot water. Close the lid and let it heat up for about 30 minutes.

Next, dump out the water and place a clean towel on the bottom of the warmed cooler. Set a disposable aluminum tray on top of the towel.

When the ribs are done, wrap them in foil and set them in the aluminum tray. Set another towel on top of the wrapped ribs and close the lid of the cooler until you're ready to serve.

For best results, don't leave the ribs in the warmer for longer than one hour. If you have a meat thermometer with a long cord, use it to keep an eye on the internal temperature of the ribs while you prepare the secondary meats.

How To Make Perfect Ribs - Use a Great Barbecue Sauce

The flavor of the ribs comes from brushing them with barbecue sauce for a true BBQ rib result. You do this when basting them and just before serving.

I make my own homemade barbecue sauce it is easy and delicious - see our recipe above for pork spare ribs and it includes an amazing ketchup-based bourbon BBQ sauce.

However, your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce will be great and there are some really good ones out there now.

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Baby back ribs and baked Potato

Thanksgiving and 4th of July Rubbed Barbecue Pork Back Ribs

Every year we have a tradition for this big family gathering,  this will be our fourth year barbecuing pork back ribs for our Fourth of July dinner and the whole extended family loves it.

Pork back ribs are my favorite because if cooked right they are pull-apart tender.

See this really simple way.

I make a rib rub with some spices and cayenne pepper and brown sugar, kosher salt. By rubbing all over but especially on the meaty side of the ribs then letting them sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour - longer is better, they absorb the flavors of the rub and when you baste them with barbecue sauce they end up amazing.

See Our Pork Ribs Recipe.

What veggies go well with ribs?

Green Beans sautéed in butter with sliced almonds are my favorite but other classics are

How many ribs are in a full slab?

There are between 12-14 ribs on a full slab.

So now you can prepare a Rib Cookout for a picnic, bbq, family gathering knowing just how many ribs per person for a large group are needed.

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