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Pulled Pork

aarongpeckaarongpeck Posts: 5
edited April 2012 in EggHead Forum
I'm new, and I know you guys have been through this 100 times.  However, I'm doing some pulled pork on the egg for my daughter's birthday.  I will be feeding about 40 people.  I believe I read that an 8lb butt will yield around 4lbs of cooked meat.  I figure generously, that 4 butts should take care of this.  Does that seem correct?  Also, as long as I have enough space between each but on my XL BGE, I shouldn't have to increase cooking time to do four, should I?  Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,779
    The thumb rule I have seen (and not needed to use) is number of people / 2.4lbs = lbs of pork prior to cooking.  Perhaps others who have cooked for large #'s can validate or refute.  Regarding cook time, you are correct with your assumption-however, remember each butt is different so err on the "finish early" side as you can hold butts wrapped in HDAF and towels in a cooler for a few hours. 
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    It might work out as lousubcap said but you will get a 60% yield from raw and the serving average is 1/3 lb per person. Take into account teenagers and big eaters and allow more


    Caledon, ON


  • cooked it commercially for years. .5 lb per person + any sides will get you there with plenty of leftovers. 2 large butts (18-20lb total) will be plenty

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  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 990

    with 32 lps of pulled pork .. you are going to make a lot of people happy when they take some home with them.


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  • I'm with Cen-Tex. large groups... use easy calculations, err on the doggie bag side... you never want to cut it close and run out.

    Although other than the expense.... its just as easy to cook 32 lbs as it is to cook 20. Depends on how long you want pulled pork leftovers!

  • Mike8itMike8it Posts: 468
    cooked it commercially for years. .5 lb per person + any sides will get you there with plenty of leftovers. 2 large butts (18-20lb total) will be plenty

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  • Thanks for the advice, guys!
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