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How much pulled pork for 20 adults?

My wife apparently volunteered me to cook for the adults at a kids Halloween party this Saturday afternoon. I was thinking pulled pork. How many pounds of pork butts do I need for 20 adults?
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  • Seanr7Seanr7 Posts: 207
    Half a pound per adult 1/4 per kid?
    XL BGE
  • 2 butts will be plenty. you'll have leftovers (yes, even if it's awesome like yours) :))

  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,965
    The rule of thumb that has always worked for me is one half cup of pulled pork makes one sandwich for most adults. Then an 8 pound, bone in butt yields 9 cups of pulled pork. Doing the math then a raw 8 pounder will make 18 sandwiches.
    Dunlap, IL
  • CookinbobCookinbob Posts: 1,462
    I would do 2 butts - 7-8 lbs each, left over will not go to waste.  I would guess there will be some hot dogs and other stuff in addition for the kids??? 
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    Rochester, NY
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 6,032
    Agreed- at least 2 butts.  It will be more than you need, but one butt would be cutting it close.  Cook 2 and plan for leftovers.  

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

  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 2,979
    I would say two butts.  Plus you can freeze the leftovers and they heat up nicely!  


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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Do as many as your egg can handle since you're doing all the work anyways and pull and freeze the rest.
    Dunedin, FL
  • my rule of thumb for HUNGRY people is ten people per shoulder.  This is enough to cover scragglers, vagabonds and late night munchies.  
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  • Half a pound sounds about right. I would also factor in an additional 3-5 pounds to be on the safe side. So it would be 15 pounds of pork butt with the bone removed total.
  • I use the three people per pound ratio. And then round up.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,246
    Some very good rules of thumb posted here. 

    If I'm cooking for a group, I like to use the BBQ catering spreadsheet that you can download for free here:

    It's way more than you need for a backyard party.  I most often use it for portions needed but have also used it to calculate costs for paid gigs.
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