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I've read that because brisket shrinks so much when cooking, you should estimate 1lb of meat per person. Does anyone here agree?

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  1. Cooking to medium rare already results in a 15% weight loss, I would estimate 30% for braised brisket.

    1. How many are you having over?

      I dunno about your house, but when it comes to the holidays, I make enough for an army, knowing that the leftovers will be greedily scooped up as parting gifts from the assorted vultures that stalk my house this time of year.

      This is to say that I never calculate- I just go to the butcher and tell them to get me the biggest brisket they've got. :)

      1. Last year I had 14 people total for Hanukkah dinner and bought 2 briskets, total was about 10 pounds IIRC. Even after some guests had seconds (I always do buffet) there was enough left-over for a few meals. Oh, and only one vegetarian guest.

        1. I agree.That's about right. Not everyone can/will eat that much, especially when you have a bunch of sides to go with it.

          1. I generally estimate about 40 to 50% shrinkage...1 pound of meat per person, I assume that is before it is cooked...

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            1. re: PHREDDY

              Brisket leftovers are perfection itself so I make as much as I can afford and can fit in my pot.

              1. re: magiesmom

                I do pretty much the same thing. When cooking brisket for a crowd, I generally oven braise it in a large roasting pan that I cover tightly with heavy duty foil.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  Same as above. My medium roasting pan will comfortably fit a 6-lb. brisket so that's what I make. That's never my only main course, though, and I expect leftovers. Brisket is always better the 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. day and it does freeze very well.

                  This year I'm having 10 one night, 12 the next. The second main for the first night is 2 grilled venison legs (just do me a favor and don't ask). The second night it will be smoked turkey breast. Then there's 2 - 3 sides, soup, fish, etc. No one ever leaves hungry and I've never run out of food.