8lb bone in Shoulder for 15 people?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mkedda, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. mkedda

    mkedda Fire Starter

    I plan to smoke a 8lb bone in shoulder this friday. I will be entertaining 15 people, 5 of which are BIG eaters. Will this be enough meat?

    We will have some appys, desert, buns, and slaw.

    Should I get more meat? Will this be enough?
  2. mkedda

    mkedda Fire Starter

    Oops, wrong thread.
  3. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmm thats really tough... I personally would have done 2 8lb butts.

    Hope all works out well...
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would do two at least, Pulled Pork will freeze really well if you don't need it all but what about if you run out, your bad...

    I saw that episode with Ed somebody, he had his grill so hot he melted his tire on his smoker...[​IMG]

    Apparently he is the pit-master for some big restaurant there in a college town in North Carolina. I saw him in a episode of I believe Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Still wearing the same Overalls and Shirt.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would do 2 and if you ask my wife 3 but no 2 should be more than enough and then you can be the great guy and give your some to take home. They'll love you for it.[​IMG]
  6. mkedda

    mkedda Fire Starter

    numbers have changed. now its 12 with only 3 big eaters.

    anyone's opinion change ?
  7. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    After cooking and removing bone you will have roughly 4 pounds pork.Alot of people figure 1/3 pound pork per person.Get some BIG kaiser style rolls and if they put cole-slaw etc. on them thats nice amount with some sides for the average folk.I eat two easy....I am 6'3-235

    If you can the suggestions for 2 would possibly give you a few leftover meals...
  8. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    IMO 1 isn't going to be enough. Do 2 and enjoy the leftovers. If you use SoFlaQuers finishing sauce there may not be any leftovers. [​IMG]
  9. kheper

    kheper Newbie

    No. Google for "memphis barbeque". Look at the restaurants, Neely's, Corky's, etc.. They employ long smoked techniques.

    I watched that show and tried the fast method with a small rack of ribs. The meat was not "falling off the bones", but it was not bad. These ribs do not hold a candle to ribs done in the smoker.
  10. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Well 8 pounds is the precook weight, I am assuming. You will only clear 4 to 6 lbs of meat. So you will want to make two. Even more so if you have a few big eaters coming over.

    Just my 2 cents.
  11. elde

    elde Smoke Blower

    It's still going to be close... Better to do two.
  12. Rest your brain. Do two and enjoy the party without the worry. Then....you get to possibly have leftovers!!
  13. prism

    prism Newbie

    Two For Sure, I Just Did A 8lber Over The Weekend That Feed 4 Adult And 3 Kids. Leftover Enough For 4 More Sammies, Plus Enough For A Friend Who Could Not Made The Dinner
  14. walterwhite

    walterwhite Smoke Blower

    You can't go wrong with 2, but I was wondering what else you are going to serve. If you have some great sides, that will make the meat go further. And if you have a great desert then no one will go home hungry.

    IMO, your guests will appreciate your BBQ more if there is not quite enogh rather than so much that they can continue to eat until they cannot take another bite. (But that's me. [​IMG] I have no impulse control when it comes to good food, bad food ... )


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