I am making pulled pork sandwiches for 35 teenagers (boys and girls) for dinner on Saturday. There will be a side, some fruit and a deserts as well.
Do you think 3 shoulders will be enough?
Thanks Willie, That is pretty much what I was thinking. We will probably do the dishing out of the meat so some do not over do it.
This is the first test of my new MES 30" so I hope it comes out well. I have only used it one other time for a small venison roast.
I figure a 50% loose due to cooking. Then 1/3rd LB per person. I normally have a little left which is good. If I get down to the bottom of the pan I know I should have made more.
Man that is a lot.
The loss during cooking is key. I made short ribs for 25 people and figured 1/2 pound a person but did not figure any loss. Fortunately I made them the day before so when I noticed it wasn't enough I ran to the store to buy more.
When we cook butts for a large group we usually do way more than needed so we can freeze the leftovers for ourselves (and it ensures no shortages during the party). Running out of food with my family would cause a riot so I have learned to always over-prepare.
That's my sister's kids right there. Those kids can put it away!
Ok so here is stage 1:
35lbs (four) of boneless pork shoulder rubbed down with Jeff's rub.
This will be put into the new MES 30" when I get home tomorrow form work. I want to have it smoking by 6:30 (dinner is at 3:15 pm on Saturday).
Wish I had seen this sooner. My biggest pulled pork suggestion is to do it a day or two ahead of time. The pork actually does it well. It allows a chance to add some finishing sauce and it to marry with the meat. Plus it gives you that extra time for the oh shit factor. Weather, bad charcoal, the smoke smell. Whatever, then do some hor d'herves the day of the party, ABT's, pork shooter, even some ribs.... short easy guaranteed smokes.
Sorry I am late and I wish you good luck.
OK, so it is smoking away. Loaded up the smoker at 6:30 pm so this is two hours in. Holding tight at 242° (don't mind the thermometer I just pit it in when I took the pic). I was using the AMNPS but I cannot keep it going for some reason. Had it burning for 20 min before I added it in, bottom left corner Tray open Dump tray open as well with vet open full. Still just goes out. So I have switched to using the Chip tray.
Stay tuned it is going to be a long night.