How much pork will I need?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by seandje, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. seandje

    seandje Fire Starter

    I saw a similar post yesterday, but can't find it today.

    I'm smoking pork butts for Labor Day and will be feeding 11 adults and 4 kids. At least 1 of the adults is a big eater.

    How much (weight-wise) should I fix? Will a 7 pound butt be enough?
  2. prism

    prism Newbie

    I would do 2)7-8 lbers. A 7lber would end up with about 4lb of pp.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Figure on about 50% of the raw weight. It may yield a bit more but 50% is what most use as a standard. Caterer's figure 1/4 lb per person of course they are there to make money they also figure one sandwich per person. Personally I figure 1/2 lb per person and know I will have enough and maybe have some leftover.
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would say 2 - 8# butts that would be about 8# cooked, it is far better to have too much than not enough..
  5. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    LOL Jerry, you usually have enough leftovers to feed Sherman's army. [​IMG]

    two 7-8 pounders should be plenty. Leftover pulled pork is never a bad thing. [​IMG]
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with everyone else a couple of 7-8 pounders should do you just fine.
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    YEP,^^^^^ what they said.[​IMG]
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A 7 lb. butt won't be enough, so double that amount. I'm sure someone will be asking for a doggie bag.
  9. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can only answer after finding out many butts your smoker will hold.[​IMG]
  10. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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