I got a phone call the other day from a former students parent, He has tasted my BBQ whole hog and asked what it would cost to do one for 400 people. I told him i need to check price on meat and what a whole hogs were going for. I started explaining that i a have been smoking a lot of pork butts and had done some for a group 0f 100 and that it was cheaper and a lot less waste and in my opinion a lot better tasting then a whole hog. So I called around and got some prices. I can get pork butt for 1.50 a lb from my butcher and the prices of whole hog is 1.50 a lb . I figured I would need a 300+ lb hog for 400 people with all the waste. I figured I could get by with as little as 150 or go ad much as 200 lb of pork butts, depending on how they wanted to eat. As I was trying to calculate cost etc. I figured I wasn't going to try and make any money, I was just going to volunteer my time to their church and have them cover my cost.
So today I bought two pork butts and put them in at 9 am. checked the temp at 1:00 and t hey were at 140, but never got above 150 after 10 hours so i check my thermometer and and it is off 30 deg, I adjust it and pull the first one at 11 hours in and the internal temp is 200, I pulled it and ran a sample ( 1/2 a pork butt) over the the gentleman organizing the event, He started tasting it and never stopped eating it lol. he says looks like a go and will know tomorrow for sure. He said it tasted much better then my whole hog and that was fantastic.
Here are some pictures of it going into the smoker and then one all done. I got some of the best bark ever. i never foiled and I used cherry wood.
Thanks for looking.
Got to love that bark.