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How big of a Pork Shoulder do I need?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by nickbailey, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. I'm looking to feed a lot of people...roughly 50 people. (Mind you not solely off of one pork shoulder, but there will be tons of other foods, ribs, and various other picnic foods). SO say roughly one pulled pork sandwich per person, roughly how big did I need it to be. I hear they do feed a lot of people, but i'm unsure cause i've never done one before.

    For those that remember last year when my friends and I had the CCRBQ(The BBQ based on Creedence Clearwater Revival) and this year it's back, only problem is that it's about 3 times bigger than last year. So, any thoughts on how big, or many pork shoulders I need?
  2. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The general rule of thumb is 4-5 oz for a (NICE) pulled pork sandwich. You say pork shoulder, do you mean shoulder (what I call a picnic) or pork butt. Shoulders tend to be a bit bigger in weight than an average butt. If were talking butts I would say will need about 5 oz per person, 3 sandwiches per lb of cooked meat. 50% shrinkage of 45 lb uncooked = 22.5 lb of cooked. 22.5 X 3 =67 sandwiches for 50 people. I think that should be about right providing not everyone eats more than one sandwich. So I think 4 -5 butts depending on uncooked weight should do you fine.
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have figured that a 7 lb boston butt will yield about 15 4 oz servings. Last fall I cooked 5 butts that totaled 38 lbs for a fundraiser. I ended up with 19 lbs of finished pulled pork - enough to feed 75 with 2 sides (beans and cornbread).

    Hope this helps.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  4. Hhmmm ok thanks. I'd rather do as much as I can in one go, as they do tend to take a lot of time. And my other smoker is being used for ribs. But atleast I have an idea of how much I could get out of one. And for future reference, a shoulder is essentially just a butt and picnic roast combined? correct?
  5. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. buddy

    buddy StickBurners

    The picnic and the butt are both part of the shoulder, just different parts.One has more of a shank type bone , the other has a blade type bone. They both come out good. some people prefer the picnic , others like the butt.
  7. smokincowboy

    smokincowboy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    always loved CCR and smoked food sounds like a blast have a great time
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Nick -

    Sounds like a good time will be had by all! I love Creedence! Good luck with the smoke!
  9. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    "SO say roughly one pulled pork sandwich per person"

    I don't know about you but one sammie just won't do it...all 1 will do is prime the pump
  10. Haha yeah but there will be ribs, and burgers, and pork tenderloin, not to mention all the foods that don't consist of pure meat hah.
  11. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Good luck with the butts, sounds like a good time. Smoked butt sammies, smoked ribs, and CCR.
  12. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sound's like you got all the info you need, good food, good music, the only thing i wanna know is where and what time ????????????[​IMG]

    P.S. I will require 2 sammies....................good luck[​IMG]
  13. Haha thanks. The party isn't until June 30th, but it takes a lot of planning before hand. So i'll post the outcome of the party on the forums for sure.
  14. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ok ok 1 sammie 1 rack of ribs, a tenderloin and a burger...what's a 6'6" 375# man suppose to do?
  15. Haha, alot of my friends seem to be bottomless pits, including me.
  16. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I can't take credit for the attached spread sheet (I found it somewhere) but it is something I have used and have found to be pretty accurate. It is designed for catering but it will give you a very good idea of how much food you need. It looks complicated but really all you have to do is plug in the numbers, everything else is calculated for you. (the green cells are the ones you can change) ... Good luck with the party
  17. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Ron -

    Great spreadsheet! I love spreadsheets!


    Debi happily runs off in the corner to play with the new spreadsheet ...