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Pulled pork platter question

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Thread Starter 
Our firemen carnival is around the corner. This year along with clams, chicken and beef on weck, I am doing pulled pork on my smoker. Plan is to do 100 lbs of butts for roughly 200 sandwiches. Making my sauces too. I'm getting the meat for 1.29 a lb. my thought is $4 a sandwich, and a meal deal of a sandwich, salt taters, and grilled corn for $5.50. Thoughts??
post #2 of 9
Not sure about your area but around here we have a lot of festivals and the going rate for sandwiches or a festival "entre'" start at $5 and add a side to it goes up $2. The past year or so sandwiches and such have been going up to $6.
Our Scout troop sells peach cobbler at the local seafood festival every year and we used to sell it for $3 or $4 ala mode. Last year we had to go up to $4/$5 to keep up with costs to keep our profit margin steady.

I would love to go to a festival and get a PP sammie, taters and corn for $5.50, that would be $7 around here.
post #3 of 9

Sounds like a plan. I have never done the math as far as what the yeild is per cooked pound. remember you will have fuel, a bun, seasoning and something to wrap it in. A napkin and some sauce.


I look forward to seeing the advice from the Pro's

Happy smoken


post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Great input. Nice thing is the taters and corn is donated. I consider the fuel "free" from my 120 acre property, cherry and hickory. Only cost I really have is the meat, sauce, rub, plates, and my time which I really don't factor in for anything with my fire dept. Half lb figure for each sammie, 1/3 after cook. That's roughly 65 cents cost in meat. I would think that my total cost per sandwich would b a buck?
post #5 of 9

100lb X .5 yield = 50Lb X $2.60 = $ 130 meat cost / 200 = $.65 per 4oz portion meat + $.75 Roll, plate and 1oz sauce = $1.40 Cost per Sandwich X 3 = $ 4.20 Sell price per sandwich only. You are asking $5.50 for a meal...You are in the right ballpark. Portion control will be critical as you will get pretty close to 200, 4oz sandwiches. If you scoop too heavy you will run short. I am only guessing at the Roll, Plate and sauce cost. You may wish to recalculate based on actual cost...JJ

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
U say price per sandwich X3, u take total cost of product cost and multiply by 3 I'm guessing?
post #7 of 9
Lately, I have been yielding between 40% and 50% of actual finished product with pork shoulders.

Something else I learned back in my college days of being a summer plumber helper, is to always quote 15% more in material for a job. Today I have started to do the same thing when smoking large amounts of meat for people. If I were you, I would get around 115lbs of meat (about two more small/medium shoulders).
post #8 of 9
Originally Posted by jmud View Post

U say price per sandwich X3, u take total cost of product cost and multiply by 3 I'm guessing?

Yes J, that is Cost times 3 equals Selling Price. This will cover your cost of food and plates, fuel and labor if you have help. If it is just you you will have some nice profit...JJ

post #9 of 9
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All the profit will go to my fire dept. If nothing else it will get my name out there. I figured this out:
115 lbs of meat: 150
Rolls 10 cents X 200: 20
Sauce/spritz: 40
Plates, ect: 40
250 cost by 200 sandwiches: 1.25
X3: $3.75 a sandwich.

I will keep it at 4 a sandwich and do my meal deal. Like I said before all I got in fuel is whatever I burn in gas thru my chainsaw; nothing lol.
Thanks for all the input. I was hoping I was not far off. This will b great, with the potatoes and corn donated, my department will make 4.25 a plate. Thanks so much and wish me luck
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