A friend asked me to help her out with food for an anniversary party. I will need to smoke about 5, 8lb butts. I have smoked many butts, but only one at a time. I was hoping some of you seasoned smoke vets could help me out.
First question, how much should I figure each person may eat? 1/4lb per person? 1/3 lb per person? 1/2 lb per person? From what I know, there will also be chicken there as a main dish, so there will be another option.
Second, how much should I expect to lose in the smoking process? I.E. and 8lb butt will weigh how much when its done smoking?
Third, I know pork butts can vary in smoking time (its done when its done!) but should I assume that 5 butts at once would take longer than just one butt in the smoker?
Ideally Id like to smoke them all and bring them to her, wrapped in foil, towels and in a cooler for shredding.
Alternately, I could smoke up a couple at a time, shred and keep in foil pans for reheat.
What do you suggest?