30lbs, how much rub?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wedge, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. wedge

    wedge Newbie

    Hi all,
    I'm cooking 30 lbs of butt for a friends party in a couple weeks and was looking for a guesstimate on how much rub I'm going to need to make up? I'm probably going to get my butcher to break the meat down into smaller pieces, maybe 5 to 6lbs each, so that'll lead to 5 to 6 pieces.

  2. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    To taste.................
  3. wedge

    wedge Newbie

    hahaha.... I was more thinking along the lines of a volume or number of batches.
  4. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hmmm that depends. I don't mean to sound like a [email protected]$$ but when you normally make your rub, how much meat are you able to cover.

    Also take into account, that if you're cutting the meat down into smaller pieces that will create more surface area.

    I usually make up my rub that includes about 3-4 cups worth of ingredients. I just keep it in a Tupperware container and if I don't use it all on the day it was made, it'll keep for a long time since it's all dry ingredients.
  5. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Didnt mean to be funny but i put different thicknesses of rub from time to time depending on who is coming to eat. My kids like a little rub where i like a thicker bark of rub. Us simpletons use simple methods is what i meant. Enjoy!!
  6. wedge

    wedge Newbie

    My problem is that I don't tend to measure things when I cook... It's been a while since I did a butt, I think the last time I did I used Billbo's recipe (which was great) and I think I used about 3/4 of it for 7lbs. So I guess I'll just multiply his recipe by 4 and have a bit left over.
  7. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi wedge, just curious as to why you're cutting the butts into pieces??? [​IMG]
  8. blackened

    blackened Meat Mopper

    Since we're on the topic of cutting the butts in half, I've had a question in the back of my mind for some time.. Do they cook in less time that way? Will two 3.5 lb butts cook faster that a 7 lber? and is there any flavor lost due to a lack of a bone, or any other factors that enter into the equation?
  9. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Make extra (if its all dry rub) and store in a container.

    It's easier to use less, but harder to make more on the fly. Rubs usually last long enough until the next smoke ;)
  10. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I usually make about 5 cups per batch of rub and that has been enough for 5 8lb butts. I say make more than you need and just store the rest until needed.

    Good luck.
  11. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    yes. they are quicker. figure 90 minutes per pound per piece. when i bought my last load of $.89 a pound picnic hams, i had the butcher cut them into 3 inch thick chunks. i left the bone in and they just saw right through it. the biggest chunk weighed just over 3lbs and it cooks in about 4 and a half hours. far less than a full picnic ham. and you get more bark and therefore more flavor. i will usually do some when i am doing ribs.
  12. wedge

    wedge Newbie

    Thanks for the input guys.
    The reason I'm getting them broken down is to reduce the overall cooking time and Omahasmoker makes a good point (to me anyways) that the more surface area, the more bark and flavour.
  13. blackened

    blackened Meat Mopper

    Makes sense, thanks for taking the time to point that out..
  14. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    just be sure that you rinse them thoroughly to get any tiny bits of saewd up bone out of the meat. once you put the rub on it, you cant see them anymore. and you don't want to serve that.

    i will usually tip the butcher a six pack for doing this and its worth every penny. not just in time but in the cost of propane as well.
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you but your rub buy alot or if you make it make alot the more you make or buy the more you will use. Just remember that it doesn't go bad so buy or make alot. Maybe you can rub one of the butts and then you'll have a guessimation. Oh yea I think you should buy a good pair of gloves. Hint Hint

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