How many will a 8.66 lb pork shoulder feed?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by fmfa0801, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. fmfa0801

    fmfa0801 Smoke Blower

    I am doing pulled pork sandwiches. How many will a 8.66 lb pork shoulder feed? I am having about 14 people including a few kids. Do I need another smaller one?
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm not sure about this, but I think you loose 30%-40% of the weight cooking it.

    So you would end up with 5+ lbs. Then take out the bone.

    If each person had a 1/4 lb. it would seem to be enough.

    If your unsure, there's nothing wrong with cooking too much and having leftovers.

    I know there are a few guys on here who do catering & will be able to give you a better answer.

    Hopefully one will be along soon.
     
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yea, use Al's logic  I normally think about 50% waste with butt if you don't like fat.  Then however big you want a portion to be   1/3 to 1/4 lb but be aware that if you do a good job it will disappear pretty fast.  Butt freezes pretty well for sandwiches later.
     
  4. fmfa0801

    fmfa0801 Smoke Blower

    Ok thanks for the help. This is my 2nd pulled pork smoke. I just went and bought a 5.63 lb butt and just threw it on . I started the 8.66lb at 5:00am. Now just sit back & drink a beer.[​IMG]
     
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My kind of guy, poppin open a beer at 7:30!  I think ya got it covered with the extra butt.

    Good luck with your smoke.
     
  6. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Y ou will have plenty now!!  better too much than not enough.  What time are you eating?  My last nine pounder took 15 hrs.  had over a 3 hour stall.  good luck, and we want pics.
     
  7. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

    I might plan for 1/2 pound per person if it was me,, but I always like to error on the "to much" side..
     
  8. fmfa0801

    fmfa0801 Smoke Blower

    4-5 pm planing on eating depending on tmeps
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good call!

    You should have plenty now!
     
  10. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am always amazed that there is never TOO much when you do pulled pork. 
     
  11. x2

    lol, tonight I put some leftovers on a home made pizza...heaven!
     
  12. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    PP usually goes pretty fast. Most folks like it...good call .
     
  13. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    There's nothin better than leftover PP for PP tacos, PP nachos, PP in your fatty, your ABT's etc...
     
  14. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    I agree!!!  You can do anything with leftover pulled pork!!!  In fact I wish I had some now for an omlete!!!!
     
  15. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

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  16. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here is the formula the guys who cater use.

    Shrinkage after cooking 40%

    Average serving size 4oz 

    Basically 4 sandwiches per # or cooked meat

    So if you started with 10# raw you would end up with 6# finished or 24 servings 

    Hope this helps for the future 
     
  17. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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