Amount ??????

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by got14u, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would like to get your guys opinion on how much food to cook for a gathering. I have been selected to cook for a college gathering we will be having soon. I am leaning towards pork butts as they are very easy to do. We are guessing there should be about 40 people all young students for the most part. I was thinking of about a 1/4lb per person on average. There will also be side dishes there as well. Does this sound about right? I am sure I will try to make a little more then that but that is the base weight I am figuring. If I am way off please let me know. Thanks for any help you got.
     
  2. I would say that 1/4 a pound per person is a good amount especially if they are going into sandwiches. Some kids will eat more, some will eat less. But then again, leftovers would not be a bad thing so I you do make more...no problem there.
     
  3. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That what I am thinking also Blue....some will eat more then others and with them being sammies with the normal size buns that would be 2 sammies to equal a 1/4lb. Maybe a tad more but some will only eat 1 sammie
     
  4. I did a smoke this past weekend for about 200 adults and alot of kids for my church. I smoked 8 butts and we had 1 1/2 small pans of pork left over. The butts averaged 8 - 10 lbs each. I would have sent pics but the camera was broken. I don't know if this helps. [​IMG]
     
  5. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You know it didn't happen unless you have pics...lol..thanks for the numbers
     
  6. Yea I know. I'll see if I can find someone else that was taking pictures. [​IMG]
     
  7. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When figuring your weights and amount to cook, remember you are going to lose about 40-50% by weight from your butts once they are cooked.
     
  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If I was the cook for this event I would do 3 butts about 9lbs each(27lbs raw). you should finish with about 13-17lbs of meat. This will give you more than enough for 40 1/4 sandwiches and also enough for people to continue to pick at thru the event. If you have some left over thats a score for you because it freezes really well. Dont forget the q-view.
     
  9. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ditto on this.If you use Kaiser buns they get a bit more bread to fill em up.I swear with those small burger buns i can eat 3-4 sometimes....
     
  10. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks all of you for your points....I just found out we will not be doing this till december. So plenty of time to plan ahead. I will look into different rolls that I can get.
     
  11. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The link below is a interactive spread sheet that will tell you how much to cook pretty close. 1/4 lb for sammies ok but if plate will need 1/3 lb. Check out the link below and download the attachment. It does sides and everything.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...2&d=1213895760
     
  12. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just found this...what a tool rick...thanks alot..heck I'd give ya points but I used my allotment today[​IMG]
     

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