How much meat for 70 people (mostly men)?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by valien, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. valien

    valien Fire Starter

    Hi all,

    I am doing a smoke for about 70 folks. Mostly men. Will have sides along with the pulled pork. I'm thinking about 20-25lb's of shoulders/butts. Will that be enough?

    Smoking this on my WSM 19.5.

  2. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    At a 50% yield you end up with aprox 12lbs of cooked meat. That's not even a 1/4lb/person. Unless everyone eats pulled pork in a bun along with the sides you will need at least double that quantity.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If serving with sides you need to figure 1/3 pound per person minimum. As mentioned figure around 50% loss. At a 1/3 pound per person you are looking at needing 23-24 pounds of finished product. So around 50 pounds of raw meat.

    Pulled pork is great reheated so doing your smoke in batches is fine.
  4. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    I use 1/4 pound per person as a general rule.  But if you're a great cook and they're hungry...1/3  pound might be what you want.

    I agree with the 50% loss.  I've weighed some past butts and I've had about 40% loss.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yep for 70 people, what Case said 40-50lbs of meat.

  6. valien

    valien Fire Starter

    Appreciate the info! Yeah I'll have to do it in batches then since my WSM can only hold 20-25 I think (never maxed it out before). 

    Very helpful.
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    " Mostly Men " 1/4 Pound per? Only if you want hungry folks hitting Micky D's after the party and talking Smack about you...[​IMG]

    Here is the math...

    70 People X 6oz servings (Men) = 420oz Pulled Pork / 16 (oz per Lb) = 26.25Lb / .5 yield(50% loss) = 52.5Lb Raw Pork needed.

    Yield is typically better than 50% but this way there is about a 10% Pad in case folks eat heavy or unexpected numbers show up...

    Also figure 1.5 Buns per person. Some guys will have two sammies, especially if this is a casual event. Folks are shy at weddings but eat well at picnics and parties. Good luck...JJ
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016

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