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How many people will a whole hog feed

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
My son is doing a whole hog middle of June for about 40 people. What's your thoughts on how big of a hog to get? This will be the primary meat. I was thinking that 110 -120 lb hog would more than do the job. Other thoughts?
post #2 of 10

size of people

How big are the people? I can put away plenty of pork!
post #3 of 10
A 120# hog will net you about 50 lbs of meat, i'd say you'll have plenty! wink.gif
post #4 of 10
Ditto to what Bubba said.
The meat freezes well though.biggrin.gif
post #5 of 10
Plan on 1.5 lbs/ person, with a little leftovers to take home.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input folks!! I thought the loss would be in the 40-50% range (bone and fat). I'm also not sure if this is an allday affair or not. If it's just one feeding for about 2 hours he should be fine with the estimate I gave him (with a little leftover to freeze). If it's going to be an all day kind of thing he might want to add some ribs and maybe some butts. Thanks again for all your input!!
post #7 of 10
Just a little tip from experience, after the people are fed don't leave the scraps around for the pets to get at or you'll have a bigger mess than you want to think or talk about if you know what I mean.
post #8 of 10
Are you dealing live wt, or carcass. Figure 20 to 30% loss between live wt to carcass as well. Then figure the loss from cooking.
post #9 of 10
Depending on the sides.. I usualy cook around a 75# dressed weightfor less than 100 peeps..
post #10 of 10

Mixed Crowds

I do neighborhood HOA pig every summer for about 80-90 adults, mostly couples so you're looking at a 50/50 split. Everybody brings side dishes which I think fits most neighborhood roasts. We get a 80-85 pounder dressed and we rarely have anything to freeze with our post-meal stack of foam take out boxes. This has been relatively consistent year after year. The male/female and side dishes seem to be the variable and you can go up or down from there.
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