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