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How much meat for 70 people (mostly men)?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi all,


I am doing a smoke for about 70 folks. Mostly men. Will have sides along with the pulled pork. I'm thinking about 20-25lb's of shoulders/butts. Will that be enough?


Smoking this on my WSM 19.5.



post #2 of 7
At a 50% yield you end up with aprox 12lbs of cooked meat. That's not even a 1/4lb/person. Unless everyone eats pulled pork in a bun along with the sides you will need at least double that quantity.
post #3 of 7

If serving with sides you need to figure 1/3 pound per person minimum. As mentioned figure around 50% loss. At a 1/3 pound per person you are looking at needing 23-24 pounds of finished product. So around 50 pounds of raw meat.


Pulled pork is great reheated so doing your smoke in batches is fine.

post #4 of 7

I use 1/4 pound per person as a general rule.  But if you're a great cook and they're hungry...1/3  pound might be what you want.

I agree with the 50% loss.  I've weighed some past butts and I've had about 40% loss.

post #5 of 7

Yep for 70 people, what Case said 40-50lbs of meat.



post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Appreciate the info! Yeah I'll have to do it in batches then since my WSM can only hold 20-25 I think (never maxed it out before). 


Very helpful.

post #7 of 7

" Mostly Men " 1/4 Pound per? Only if you want hungry folks hitting Micky D's after the party and talking Smack about you...:biggrin:


Here is the math...


70 People X 6oz servings (Men) = 420oz Pulled Pork / 16 (oz per Lb) = 26.25Lb / .5 yield(50% loss) = 52.5Lb Raw Pork needed.

Yield is typically better than 50% but this way there is about a 10% Pad in case folks eat heavy or unexpected numbers show up...

Also figure 1.5 Buns per person. Some guys will have two sammies, especially if this is a casual event. Folks are shy at weddings but eat well at picnics and parties. Good luck...JJ

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