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Post Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:51 pm
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How many people should each pound of pulled pork feed? And, while I'm at it...How many pound of pork comes out of a 12lb. butt?

I am doing some for a party of 40 people on Saturday. I am guessing 10 lbs.
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:45 am
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It'll take more than you'd think due to fat and moisture loss. You'll probably lose 40% of your raw weight during cooking.

I did a search and found this pork shoulder thread that has really good info, including a link to a catering calculator.

The amount of meat you'll need will vary a lot depending on what else you're serving, and the makeup of the crowd. 40 grown men will eat a lot more than a mixed crowd of men, women, and children. 40 male high school seniors will eat as much as 80 grown men, I'd guess... :shock:

I generally figure on about a 1.5 pounds of uncooked meat per person, but that's because I'm obsessed about not running out of food and I love to give away left overs. Most people say to figure on about a pound of uncooked weight per person, which generally allows for a safe margin after cooking even for big appetites. Anyone who says something really silly like 1/2 pound uncooked weight per person is probably a vegetarian.

Post Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:15 am
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I brought in some pulled pork for the guys I work with. Most have good appetites... 14 pounds precooked fed 15 guys with no leftovers. Mix some women and children in, you might get by with less. I'd figure about 12-15 people per 12 pound shoulder, and adjust based on who it is and what else is being served.
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:00 am
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ottoblotto wrote:
How many people should each pound of pulled pork feed? And, while I'm at it...How many pound of pork comes out of a 12lb. butt?

I am doing some for a party of 40 people on Saturday. I am guessing 10 lbs.


You need to go higher on your guess.
I would cook 4 butts in the 8 lb. range,
that takes into account the shrinkage during cooking.
It will yield nearly twice your initial estimate.
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Post Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:08 am
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assuming 4 oz. servings (normal)

7 (lb. butt) X .60 (shrinkage) = 4.2 (lbs)

4.2 / .4 = 10.5 (servings per 7# butt).

10.5 X 4 = 42

You'll need 4 7# butts to meet your needs.

Post Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:48 pm
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Thanks for all the input. It's a great help!
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Post Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:22 pm
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Just a small correction on the math... ;)

rogerja wrote:
assuming 4 oz. servings (normal)

7 (lb. butt) X .60 (shrinkage) = 4.2 (lbs)

4.2 lbs / .25 lbs serving = 16.8 (servings per 7# butt). (4oz = .25lbs)

16.8 servings per butt X 3 butts = 50.4 total servings

You'll need 3 7# butts to meet your needs.

Post Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:51 pm
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Assuming there are no heavy eaters,
unexpected guests, seconds, or leftovers.
I rarely assume anything...
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Post Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:16 pm
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I'm not a big eater, but if I smell good food, I'm going for seconds or sneaking extra on my bun. ;)

Post Sun Jul 16, 2006 10:52 pm
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I purchased 5 10# butts which produced 21 lbs. of pulled pork (after adding sauce). I cooked two one day (13 hours) and three the next (16 hours). Not my best, but very close! Thanks for all the input. All of it was useful, I love this place :!: (Not Buffalo, but the forum)
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Post Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:08 am
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Thanks again to all that helpeed me.
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