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In Reply to: Looking for some advice posted by Mister Bean on May 28, 2010 at 13:38:43:
If ribs aren't mandatory, I'd do pulled pork and chicken leg quarters. Pork shoulders are easy (though time consuming) to do on a grill and they are much cheaper than ribs. Around here, good sale prices on ribs are $1.99/lb. for spares and $3.99/lb for baby backs. As someone else noted, I would opt for baby backs over spare ribs as they cook up much more tenderly. I count on 1/2 rack of baby backs per adult and at 3-4 lbs. per rack, it adds up ($6-$8 per person). Pork shoulders, on the other hand, go for $1.29/lb. bone-in - less on sale. I'd figure at least 1/2 pound per person - probably more like 3/4. The rub is that you're probably talking about 1 hour per pound cook time over low-medium indirect heat (300 degrees or so) on your grill. It's easier to achieve consistent heat using a gas grill, but it's still a long time. The pork you should cook before hand (obviously) and the chicken you can do after the people arrive.
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