325 wedding party...help!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by diamondrcattle, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. diamondrcattle

    diamondrcattle Fire Starter

    Ive been asked to smoke enough pork butts for 325 people....45 are kids under 12. Ill be using my flat rack smoker. Raw, i was thinking 1/2 a pound per person....cooked down to 1/4 lbs of pulled pork per person. Beans and slaw with it so meat will be the main focus. How many pounds of butts should i plan on smoking? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd figure at least a 1/3 pound cooked per person, assuming there will be sides. You'll get about 40% yield from the raw weight.
     
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep, I just looked back on a wedding smoke a few years back...yield was 41% on lean-trimmed bone-in pork butts, smoked 100% on open grates. As Case stated, 1/3lb/person cooked weight, or 107.25lb...translated as ~275lbs precooked bone-in lean-trimmed weight. Add about 20-25lb if you don't trim the external fat, or if they come with a decent fat-cap, for purchase weight. You could run a bit lighter with the 40 little guys and gals, but not a whole lot.

    Eric
     

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