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Will 15lb of butt produce enough pulled pork for 25 people?

post #1 of 8
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I've got two butt's in the smoker right now and together they weigh in at around 15lbs. I just went through the list of people for my son's 6yr b-day and ended up with 25 people (includes 9 kids). Now that I counted up the kids I think I will be fine but figured I'd ask anyway. I just don't want to be short.
post #2 of 8
You'll get about ½ of it as finished product after shrink, or about 8 lbs. At ½ lb. per adult and ¼ lb. per child you should be right in the ball park!

Pops §§
post #3 of 8
I always figure losin 50% a the raw product, most times it be 40%, but better to error on the side a safe. I serve 1/4 lb sammies which is more then fallin outa the bun.

So, doin the math:

15 pounds raw
7 1/2 pounds cooked
1/4 lb sammie
equals 30 sammies

You know the folks, is 30 sammies gonna feed the 24 folks? Kids won't usually eat more then 1, but when the adults taste it, is one sammie gonna feed em? Men folk gonna eat more then women folk to (usually).

But this give ya an idear what yer yeild will be. Also, whatch yer portions, best ta get a 1/4 pound scoop till ya get the idear what the portions look like, cause ifin they start pilin it on ya run out real quick!

Good luck.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I'll be serving 16 adults and 9 kids so I'm hoping I'll be ok. I think I'm gonna have to live with what I've got either way, I don't have time to smoke up a third butt between now and then. Just need to add lots of side dishes I guess.
post #5 of 8
If you are the least bit worried about having enough, Throw on a couple pounds of frankfurters and maybe a few burgers. I'm another one that would rather have 5 pounds of leftovers than be 1 pound short.
post #6 of 8
Make up some minni pulled pork sammies fer the kids (that'll stretch out the pork fer ya) an as was said, some weanies an burgers, ya should have er covered!
post #7 of 8
A fatty or two may fill any gap and be a pretty quick smoke. You know people will just have to try some and that may cut down on the seconds of the pp
post #8 of 8
If it's not enough, then you'll just have to practice on 3 or 4 butts next weekend.. (grin!) - invite the block!PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
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