How many butts do you think will need

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  1. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    Hello I made a post earlier today and did not get any feed back so I will ask I have been asked to smoke some boston butt on my off weekends from work at a local ball field. I have been smoking now for about four years and I have never smoked for a big group of people such as this. The most I have smoked for is between 40 and 50 people.So the advice am needing is for my first smoke how many butts should I buy the first time. After I think I get the first time under my belt I think I will be ok. So if any of you guys or gals has any input please share it with me..And i also plan on charging $4 for a pulled pork sandwitch dose that seem ok. After all the smoking time I will have put into every thing and sense boston butt is $ 1.89lb I do not want to going in the red on this deal...Thanks for taking the time to read and reply to my post.
  2. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yikes,,,,,,I'm thinking that I would not be qualified to answer this question. But I think if I was put in your shoes, I would buy a case (I get all my meat at sam's until I get my tax ID for R Depot.) So a case is like 8 butts I think. 

    I did a wedding and cooked up 78 lbs uncooked butts. 

    The guest destroyed it, FAST. 130 guest but I had brisket also.

    So since you are selling, there should not be anybody taking too much and throwing it away.

    A case should be plenty to get ya started the first weekend, then you will have an idea from there.

    If its a bust, a case isn't so much that you wouldn't be able to pack it and freeze it. 

    Some of the veterans should be along to chime in soon. 
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    $4 sounds good for a 3-4 oz sammie.

    Do you have any idea on how many folks are usually at the park in a day?

     If it's like the ball tourneys here they start at 7 -8 am and go till late in the afternoon. You won't get alot of sales from the first games at 8 am so that gives ya a lil time to get prepped.  It will take a day or two to figure out when the folks will want to start buying and how many sammies you think you'll average on a weekend.
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    I cooked 101lbs of pork for a community dinner. It fed 200 and had enough for another 50. The biggest thing is to find out roughly how many are going to be there. $4 for a sandwich is cheap to me I would do $5.
  5. bbrock

    bbrock Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys for the info I now have a idea of what I need to get thanks to your help. I just need to get a few other things took care of with the health department and all That good jazz. And Tom I will be going to sam's this week anyway so I will check on a case of butts .thanks again.
  6. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Sounds like you may be busy.
  7. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with Eman, 3-4 oz per sammie is standard fare and the price sounds good  . just remember you'll loose 50% of the green weight by the time you're finished pulling it, so that's 2 or 3 people per pound.

    And not to be a stick in the mud, but check with your insurance agent about liability insurance just to cover your butt.
  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    $5.00 for a sandwich in Ca. is about avarage. 5.00$ in KY. may not be so good...jmo

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