The amount of meat to buy per person depends on the kind of meat and the cut. For boneless meat such as chops or a boneless roast, you will want to buy about 1/3 pound per person.
For meat with bones, you will need about 1/2 pound for each serving. This includes things such as chicken pieces, chops with bones, and steaks. If you will be serving ribs, buy about a pound for each serving.
If you are preparing a holiday dinner, take leftovers into consideration. Everyone seems to enjoy having things like turkey and ham leftovers. Plan about 1/2 pound of ham per person if you don't want any to remain after dinner, but a pound per person is a good rule of thumb so there will be plenty.
The same rule applies to a whole turkey. If you buy a pound per person, you will have leftovers, but a 20 pound turkey for 25 to 30 people is usually reasonable and allows plenty of leftovers.
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