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How many butts do you think will need

post #1 of 8
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Hello I made a post earlier today and did not get any feed back so I will ask I have been asked to smoke some boston butt on my off weekends from work at a local ball field. I have been smoking now for about four years and I have never smoked for a big group of people such as this. The most I have smoked for is between 40 and 50 people.So the advice am needing is for my first smoke how many butts should I buy the first time. After I think I get the first time under my belt I think I will be ok. So if any of you guys or gals has any input please share it with me..And i also plan on charging $4 for a pulled pork sandwitch dose that seem ok. After all the smoking time I will have put into every thing and sense boston butt is $ 1.89lb I do not want to going in the red on this deal...Thanks for taking the time to read and reply to my post.

post #2 of 8

Yikes,,,,,,I'm thinking that I would not be qualified to answer this question. But I think if I was put in your shoes, I would buy a case (I get all my meat at sam's until I get my tax ID for R Depot.) So a case is like 8 butts I think. 


I did a wedding and cooked up 78 lbs uncooked butts. 

The guest destroyed it, FAST. 130 guest but I had brisket also.


So since you are selling, there should not be anybody taking too much and throwing it away.


A case should be plenty to get ya started the first weekend, then you will have an idea from there.


If its a bust, a case isn't so much that you wouldn't be able to pack it and freeze it. 



Some of the veterans should be along to chime in soon. 

post #3 of 8

$4 sounds good for a 3-4 oz sammie.

Do you have any idea on how many folks are usually at the park in a day?

 If it's like the ball tourneys here they start at 7 -8 am and go till late in the afternoon. You won't get alot of sales from the first games at 8 am so that gives ya a lil time to get prepped.  It will take a day or two to figure out when the folks will want to start buying and how many sammies you think you'll average on a weekend.

post #4 of 8

I cooked 101lbs of pork for a community dinner. It fed 200 and had enough for another 50. The biggest thing is to find out roughly how many are going to be there. $4 for a sandwich is cheap to me I would do $5.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys for the info I now have a idea of what I need to get thanks to your help. I just need to get a few other things took care of with the health department and all That good jazz. And Tom I will be going to sam's this week anyway so I will check on a case of butts .thanks again.

post #6 of 8

Sounds like you may be busy.

post #7 of 8

I agree with Eman, 3-4 oz per sammie is standard fare and the price sounds good . just remember you'll loose 50% of the green weight by the time you're finished pulling it, so that's 2 or 3 people per pound.

And not to be a stick in the mud, but check with your insurance agent about liability insurance just to cover your butt.

post #8 of 8

$5.00 for a sandwich in Ca. is about avarage. 5.00$ in KY. may not be so good...jmo

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