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Cooking for 30. How many butts should I throw on the XL?

Team, The wife and I are hosting a going away party for some military folks. I've got three butts in the 9.5 lbs range. Should I cook 2 or 3. There will of course be plenty of baked beans and cole slaw as well as whatever apps people bring. As always I greatly appreciate your thoughts.

 "Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!"

Med & XL

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  • QDudeQDude Posts: 618
    I would suggest doing three.  You can always use the leftovers for lunch or whatever.  It would not be good to run out of food!

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,303
    average crowd 2, heavey eating crowd 3, sounds like a heavey eating crowd
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,892
    2 will likely be enough, but I would go ahead and make all 3 and have leftovers.  I love having leftover pulled pork.  In addition to just eating the pork or making sammies, you can make carnitas, nachos, ABTs,...or Brunswick Stew


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

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  • I'll do three. Thanks team.

     "Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!"

    Med & XL

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  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,003
    I did 3 nine pounders for 35 people a couple of months back - plenty of leftovers but 2 wouldn't have been enough.

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    Waunakee, WI

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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,353
    Fill it up. At $1.19/lbs, whats another $8? If you have 10 lbs'ers it's tough getting four on there. I prefer to do four smaller butt, so I can get more surface area for rub.

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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Two butts including the shrinkage should result in an eight ounce portion per person.  With those sides that should work fine.  My $.02 !!
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Call it 27 pounds of raw meat for 3 butts.  Multiply by 0.6 to get approx. amount of finished product.  That gives you about 16 pounds of meat.  You can get 4 4oz sandwiches per pound, so that is about 64 sandwiches or 2 per person. 
    The Naked Whiz
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  • Gandy DancerGandy Dancer Posts: 272

    Here you go:

    Byrdo’s HOW MUCH MEAT


    For pulled pork, a typical sandwich (or serving) is 4 oz of cooked meat. For adult males, you might want to plan on 2 sandwiches per person. For women and children, plan on one sandwich per person. The average butt loses about 40% of its weight while cooking. So, to get 6 pounds of cooked pork (24 sandwiches) you would need to start with 10 pounds of butt (2.4 servings per LB of uncooked meat). So a simple little formula is all you need:

    Number of men (men or large eaters)= M
    Number of women and children (lighter eaters)= W
    Pounds of Butt to buy = B
    B=(2M+W)/2.4
    So if there 5 men and 5 women,
    B=(2*5+5)/2.4 =15/2.4 = 6.25 Pounds

     

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  • Z_EggineerZ_Eggineer Posts: 568
    Is it just me or can some of you eat significantly more than 8 oz of Pulled pork from the egg in a sitting?  I think for my birthday, I will just have a whole butt to myself!
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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,462
    last time I ate 2 lbs of bark before I pulled it

    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,417
    Chubbs said:
    last time I ate 2 lbs of bark before I pulled it

    Me too. Good thing I cooked 2 butts.
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,309
    I've feed 30 men plus a few kids and two butts worked good but we ate it all!


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  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 5,462
    I would do 3.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Chubbs said:
    last time I ate 2 lbs of bark before I pulled it
     
    "Shrinkage"?

    :))
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  • Here you go:

    Byrdo’s HOW MUCH MEAT


    For pulled pork, a typical sandwich (or serving) is 4 oz of cooked meat. For adult males, you might want to plan on 2 sandwiches per person. For women and children, plan on one sandwich per person. The average butt loses about 40% of its weight while cooking. So, to get 6 pounds of cooked pork (24 sandwiches) you would need to start with 10 pounds of butt (2.4 servings per LB of uncooked meat). So a simple little formula is all you need:

    Number of men (men or large eaters)= M
    Number of women and children (lighter eaters)= W
    Pounds of Butt to buy = B
    B=(2M+W)/2.4
    So if there 5 men and 5 women,
    B=(2*5+5)/2.4 =15/2.4 = 6.25 Pounds

     


    Definitely some smart people on this forum. My thanks to all of you. Three 9 lbs butts will be going on the egg at 3 am. Enjoy the weekend everybody.

     "Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!"

    Med & XL

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