Every person eats according to their own capacity. Something that might fill you up entirely, might not even be half enough for another person.
However, depending on the sizes of different food, it is still easy to estimate how much a person will consume and how much of that food is needed for a group of people.
This estimation is very important when preparing food for a group of people. This can help the host prepare just enough food for their family or guests, without either running out of food midway or wasting a huge amount later.
So, in case you are smoking a brisket, we are here to help you figure out exactly the amount you should be needing!
How Many People Will a Brisket Feed?
The easiest answer to remember how much brisket per person is needed is one pound of uncooked brisket.
A pound of uncooked brisket, which is also untrimmed, loses about 40% to 50% of its total weight in being cooked.
This is because to cook a brisket, you need to first trim a lot of fat off it, and then also deal with the general shrinkage of meat.
So, in other words, half a pound of cooked brisket is a generous serving for most people.
Therefore, if by one brisket you mean one pound of it uncooked and untrimmed, it will be just enough to serve a single person and fill them up fully.
How Many Servings is a Pound of Brisket?
The answer to this question depends on whether you are taking one pound of cooked or uncooked brisket.
A pound of uncooked and untrimmed brisket should be enough to feed 1 person.
However, a pound of cooked brisket is enough for at least 2 persons.
Similarly, if you have a pound of uncooked brisket, but it has already been trimmed of fat, then it should serve 1 and a ½ person, making 2 pounds well enough for 3 persons.
|Number of Servings||Pounds of Uncooked and Untrimmed Brisket||Pounds of Uncooked But Trimmed Brisket||Pounds of Cooked Brisket|
|1 person||1 pound||⅔ pound||½ pound|
|5 persons||5 pounds||3 and ⅓ pounds||5 pounds|
|8 persons||8 pounds||5 and ⅓ pounds||4 pounds|
|10 persons||10 pounds||6 and ⅔ pounds||5 pounds|
|20 persons||20 pounds||13 and ⅓ pounds||10 pounds|
Wrapping it Up
It’s easy to see how much brisket you need to prepare in order to serve your family or guests fully and how long it will take.
However, it’s also important to remember that the amount of brisket a person consumes depends on many other factors such as their usual serving amount preference, hunger, etc.
So, although the above-stated amounts might not be completely accurate, they are a fair estimate.