Number of butts for a crowd?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by okstate1010, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Smoking pork butts for a group of about 60 next weekend, just wanting some advice on how many butts I will need. Lets just say for simplicity they will all be 8 pounders. Thanks
     
  2. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The commercial people figure 1/4 lb. of finished product per person if that is the only meat you are having. However that plan does not work for my group it is more like 1/2 lb. per person. So taking 5 or 6 butts to do the job. if your group is heavy eaters you would like get 12 - 14 people per but
     
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  3. Thanks for the info, HalfSmoked.  I'll try to post some Q-view once I get going.
     
  4. Hey throw on some sausage and hot links too 

    Gary
     
  5. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I didn't mention to also take in the fact whether they are bone in or not this can change the amount of finish product.
     
  6. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    yell man no need in wasting smoke. The Amish here make a pork sausage with pepper jack cheese in it real good smoked!
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    A QUARTER POUND!?!? What is that catering a Weight Watchers Meeting! [​IMG]  Most of the folks I fed catering in PA was minimum 6 oz for sandwiches and 1/2 pound for Plated Q, plus 3 oz of each Side dish. I also went with 1 1/2 Buns per person. Guys had 2 sandwiches and Ladies and Kids 1 but that depended on the group and event. A 1/4 pound would be ok, if You are making the sandwiches, portion control or with another meat like the Sausages sliced in 1" pieces, 3 oz per. Below is the Math I use...JJ

    6oz portions X 60 guests = 360oz Pulled Pork / 16 oz per Lb = 22.5 lbs PP / .5 (50% yield) = 45Lbs Raw Butts needed / 8lb average = 5-6 Butts as HalfSmoked suggested.. [​IMG]
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I am with @Chef JimmyJ  on this one. 1/4 lb sounds light even for sandwiches. 
     
  9. diamondrcattle

    diamondrcattle Fire Starter

    Go K-State! Hopefully cats make a game of it. Good luck with the Q
     
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    HAHA.  I was thinking the exact same thing.  I destroy 1lbs easily, and my wife will do 0.4 lbs.  I say 0.7lbs / person post smoke (after weight loss).  Assuming 40% water loss (cent recall, is this correct?), you should start off with around 60lbs of pork, so say 8 butts?
     
  11. Thanks for all the advice. Go Pokes!
     
  12. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]  It's too early for all this math.  [​IMG]  
     
  13. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the point.  I'm not a cater or commercial just enjoy feeding family and neighbors and my group would starve on 1/4lb note that my group at least 1/2lb but that's what I have read
     
  14. halfsmoked

    halfsmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the point I'm not a cater or commercial I cook mostly for family and friends but that is what I have read my group would starve on 1/4lb they will do at least 1/2lb
     
  15. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    1/2lb pp after water loss sounds just right.
     
  16. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You were not wrong, there are Caterer's that go lite, 1/4lb, but that usually depends on the event. Lady's or Business Luncheon, Kids Party, Multiple Proteins, can get away with 4oz. In general 6oz portions covers the most possibilities. Mixed crowd, men eat more, ladies less. Serving Alcohol, folks will eat heavier, at least those not there to get hammered. Weddings and Family Events , have a guest mix, unexpected guests show up and seniors like to take a plate home...JJ
     

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