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Boston Butts for 50 people in large egg

Dr AxeDr Axe Posts: 2
edited 9:20PM in EggHead Forum
Greetings! It's a graduation party, and I need to feed 50 people.

Everything I've read, and from talking to caterers, indicate I need ~ 6 ounces of pulled pork per person. By my calculations, for 50 people, that's 4 8 pound butts.

Has anyone done 4 8 pound butts in the large? I really don't want to pay the local BBQ guy $12.00 / pound, not to mention endure the shame of not doing it myself.

Any and all advice appreciated.

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  • 407BGE407BGE Posts: 187
    I've done more on a medium. You can fit 4 on the grid and try to have them spaced out but they will shrink as they cook. Aim to have them done 3 hours early and store in a cooler until ready to pull.
  • 407BGE407BGE Posts: 187
    I've done more on a medium. You can fit 4 on the grid and try to have them spaced out but they will shrink as they cook. Aim to have them done 3 hours early and store in a cooler until ready to pull.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    50 divided by 2.4 yields about 21 lbs of pork needed. Real easy to do four on a large.
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,495
    Here is a post that has pics of a few different setups:

    http://www.eggheadforum.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&func=view&id=910137&catid=1#

    The most I have done is 3 (9+ lbs each). If you can try to avoid too much hanging over the platesetter in the "jetstream". It tends to dry out the part hanging over.


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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    This was 68 pounds of butt for my sons graduations party. On the large, full load for 23 hours. Held steady at 230.

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  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    The amount of pulled pork will depend a little who and how much met you are serving as well as how many sides.

    A good rule of thump is take the number of people and divide by 2.4. That's about 21# so you will have plenty, plan for some full guests or some leftovers.

    Looks like there are some good examples of multiple butt cooks above.

     
  • ShedFarmShedFarm Posts: 499
    6oz of pulled pork per person seems to assume none of your guests will be male teenagers. I've seen some of them put away a pound a piece! Definitely make sure you have buffered in extra for those that will eat until they're full, as opposed to those with manners. :)
    BJ (Powhatan, VA)
  • Dr AxeDr Axe Posts: 2
    Thanks, you're all amazing.

    And it's mostly girls and family - trying to keep the number of teenage boys to a minimum :)
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    I've been using your 2.4 number... but what about shrinkage??? Assuming 40% shrinkage then the numbers don't work. Thoughts?
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    "trying to keep the number of teenage boys to a minimum" :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Good luck on that program. It's kind of like flies and egg'n.

    GG
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Odd, I just posted a response and submitted, the post doesn't show...

    First, I must ask how is the 2.4 rule working out for your cooks?

    The 2.4 number is used for raw meat. I have used it when cooking bone in and bone out and always seem to end up with some leftovers. I usually purchase a little more up to 5# extra, just as a safety measure.

    Pete (Celtic Wolf) used a more involved formula however, the 2.4 rule ran extremely close to his published calculations and was much easier than doing a much more involved calculation to end up close to the same result.

    Kent
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    OK I was just wondering if I/we shouldn't add for shrinkage.

    Thanks.
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