How Much Bacon per Person for A Crowd

Do you ever wonder how much bacon you need for a party or to feed a big group?

How about how much cheese you should buy? Or how many eggs you’ll need? Plus do not forget how much sourdough per person you will need.

If you want to throw a successful party, you need to think ahead. Planning for food is the key to having a successful event.

I’m going to show you how to figure out how much food you need to prepare for a party – read our catering for a crowd resource.

For people who do not like regular bacon – see How Much Turkey Bacon You Need to Feed a Big Group

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Now back to how much bacon per person kg.

How Much Bacon per Person for A Big Family Group

I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before. How much bacon should I buy? What’s the best way to cook it? How long does it take to cook? Is it worth cooking ahead?

This is a common question among new cooks who want to impress their friends at brunch or dinner parties.

This blog post is designed to answer these questions and more.

Bacon Biscuit - All Guests Love This For Breakfast
Bacon Biscuit – All Guests Love This For Breakfast – But How Much Bacon per person do you need for a Bacon Biscuit

Bacon Serving Size Per Person

While there are a lot of different styles of bacon from Canadian style, streaky bacon just to name some typically when catering you need to allow for a minimum of 3 pieces of bacon per person. 

Now, this does not take into account seconds or thirds, and sometimes at a crowded breakfast you know how quick the bacon can go. I am sure we all remember a hotel buffet breakfast – you just get to the bacon serving tray and it is all gone. You must wait for the next one. 

To be certain no guests go without I typically allow for 4 slices of bacon per person.

Below is a handy table to help you calculate exactly how much cooked bacon you need per person for a big group.

How Much Bacon Do you need for 10 people

For 10 People you will need 40 slices of bacon or 55 oz of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 20 people

For 20 People you will need 80 slices of bacon or 7lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 30 people

For 30 People you will need 120 slices of bacon or 11 lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 40 people

For 40 People you will need 160 slices of bacon or 14 lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 50 people

For 50 People you will need 200 slices of bacon or 17.2 lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 60 people

For 60 People you will need 240 slices of bacon  or 20.6 lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 80 people

For 80 People you will need 320 slices of bacon or 28 lbs of cooked bacon

How Much Bacon Do you need for 100 people

For 100 People you will need 400 slices of bacon or 35 lbs of cooked bacon


Best Way To Cook Bacon For A Large Group
Best Way To Cook Bacon For A Large Group

What Is the Best Way to Cook Bacon for A Big Group?

There are two ways to cook bacon for a crowd. Firstly chefs will use an oven and bake the bacon. That way you can cook several trays of bacon at once. See our recipe and how to make crispy bacon like a professional chef.

I was once at a big SuperBowl party where the host had hired an extra grill BBQ and had dedicated that grill to cooking bacon. Actually, he was cooking Canadian bacon the BBQ and he was able to cook 5 pounds at a time and it was really good. So also consider using your grill.

Below is a table of the exact amount of raw bacon you need per person for a crowd or large family gathering.

How Many Pounds of Uncooked Bacon per Person Should I Buy?  

How Much Raw Bacon Do you need to buy for 10 people

  • For 10 People you will need to buy 4 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Uncooked Bacon Do you need to buy 20 people

  • For 20 People you will need to buy 8 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Raw Bacon Do you need to buy 30 people

  • For 30 People you will need to buy 12 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Uncooked Bacon Do you need to buy 40 people

  • For 40 People you will need to buy 16 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Raw Bacon Do you need to buy 50 people

  • For 50 People you will need to buy 16 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Uncooked Bacon Do you need to buy 60 people

  • For 60 People you will need to buy 25 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Raw Bacon Do you need to buy 80 people

  • For 80 People you will need to buy 32 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Uncooked Bacon Do you need to buy 100 people

  • For 100 People you will need to buy 40 lbs of raw bacon

How Much Canadian Bacon per Person to Feed a Large Group
How Much Canadian Bacon per Person to Feed a Large Group

How Many Servings of Bacon Do 5 Lbs Make?

5 lbs of bacon (cooked) will make breakfast for 15 persons.

You can also use these quantities and apply them to cooking ham for a crowd.

Can I Cook Bacon the Night Before?

You can make bacon ahead of time. Cook it so that it is just starting to become crisp and then take it out. Then the next day flash cook it in the oven again for around 5 minutes. It will warm up nicely as well as become crispy.

How Many Rashers Do You Need for Bacon in A Roll?

The minimum amount of rashers for a good-sized bacon roll is 2 slices – but I would prefer 3 slices. To put it another way for 20 people and 20 bread rolls you will need 60 rashers of bacon.

 A bacon roll is also known as a bacon sandwich, buttie, sarnie, or even a bacon sanger.

How Much Bacon Should You Have for Breakfast?

For breakfast allow for 3 rashers of bacon for each person.

How Much Bacon for Different Events and Occasions

 Buffet Style Bacon serving with require at least 4 many 5 slices of bacon

Serving bacon at a Thanksgiving Dinner as a side you will only need 2 rashers because there are lots of other sides like mashed potato.  Similar logic also applies to BBQ hamburgers, Christmas or a New Years’ dinner.

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What Ingredients Can You Pair with Bacon?

The following food items pair well with bacon

  • eggs
  • cheese
  • biscuits
  • gravy
  • grits
  • scrambled eggs
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic aioli

How Much Bacon is served in the following dishes and meals for each person

  • BLT – 3 slices of bacon per person
  • Bacon Biscuit – 2 rashers of bacon per person
  • Full Breakfast – 4 rashers per person
  • Omelete – 2 rashers of bacon per person
  • Bacon-Wrapped food – 1 slice of bacon per person
  • Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich – 2 slices per person
  • Cheeseburger – 2 slices bacon per burger
  • Toasted Sandwich – 2 slices bacon per sandwich

How do you make a bacon focused dish more exciting and tasty? You should consider serving different types of bacon.

There are two main types of bacon that you can serve: thick cut and thin cut. If you have time or extra money then hickory smoky flavor, and thick-cut bacon are amazing also.

Lastly, if you really want to mix it up – you should look into serving bacon in different forms. You can serve bacon strips, bacon cubes, and bacon crumbles. Each form has its own benefits. For example, bacon strips are easier to handle, while bacon cubes tend to stay together better.

Finally, you should consider serving bacon with different toppings.  You can serve bacon with eggs, cheese, ketchup, mustard, etc. The options are endless.

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