how many pounds of butt for 30 people, i know theres a formula but need a price kinda soon.
How much pork
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Figure your going to yield 50-55% of raw weight. Then for friends and family figure about 1/3 lb per sandwich. If you started with 20 lbs of raw butts that would yield about 10 lbs of finished pulled pork then if 1/3 lb per sandwich that would be 30 sandwiches. That would be one per person if you have heavy eaters adjust the recipe up and don't worry about left overs it reheats great
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My experience smoking pulled pork for a large party taught me that 1/3 lb of finished pork per person can be substantially too much if you have a lot of sides. Baked beans, moink balls and mac & cheese all will compete for plate, and ultimately, stomach space. If its my money, the more the better, but on another's dime, with lots of sides, I'd figure 1/4 lb per person.