Pulled pork yield from shoulder

Discussion in 'Pork' started by homebrew & bbq, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I was wondering roughly what kind of yield is typical from pork shoulders to the amount of pulled pork. A couple of days ago I did about 30 pounds of shoulders. After taking out the bones and the excess fat we ended up with about 16 pounds of pulled pork. Is that about "average"?

    I know a lot depends upon the particular piece of meat but I was just wondering if that was the usual ballpark.
  2. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah, that's pretty average... there is alot of waste with the skin, bone and excess fat. But man is it worth it!! [​IMG]
  3. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well if I get the ones from Costco, they are already deboned and deskinned so alot more bang for your buck. The yield is much higher, but I couldn't give you a definitive answer on the actual loss.
  4. seaham358

    seaham358 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I just finished my first shoulder and I bet I got about 3-3.5lbs of meat from a 5.25.b shoulder. The Skin alone was probably close to a pound :(
  5. winemaster

    winemaster Fire Starter

    Smoking at a little lower temp will also give you a little better yeild.
    around 210.

  6. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, I usually find that my finished product of pulled pork is about half the pre-cooked weight. I also have found that a 7 lb (pre-cooked weight) butt gives me about 20 sandwiches.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  7. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What I have read says you can expect a 40 - 60% yield depending on the piece of meat. Sounds like you were right in there.
  8. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the input. I was just curious about what the "normal" range was. Sounds like I am getting about what I should expect. For what pork butts cost pulled pork is still cheaper than steak. [​IMG]

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