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How much pulled pork to feed 14 people?

I'm sure this topic has plenty of info on it already but thought I would start fresh.  I have cooked several butts on my BGE for the family but wife wants me to cook for 14 (8 adults and 6, 14 yr old boys) this weekend.  My question is, how many lbs of butt should I plan to buy/cook? 

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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,964
    Depends on what else you are having...I'm in the 1/2 pound per person camp when it comes to protein 
    Visalia, Ca
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,462
    edited May 15
    IMHO, go with 1.5 lbs each.  21 lbs total.  I usually don't figure that much, but six 14 year old boys can descend like locusts and strip everything bare.  Better to be safe.  Also left overs are a good thing.
    Flint, Michigan
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 1,720
    6 14 year old boys = 12 adults, so cook for 20.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,978
    2.4 servings per pound.  a 14 year old boy is going to eat 3 or 4 servings. im good with 21 pounds as well and you have some leftovers for abt's etc
  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 588
    Well my buddy just got done over the weekend hosting 40 people (Mostly Adults) and he cooked 28lbs of meat. He told me when it was all said and done he had around 13lbs left over. So I would go with @lkapigian above and say 1/2 pound each. My mother in law used to own a BBQ business and that was her standard estimate for an adult for catering jobs.

    Dallas Area, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • Kent8621Kent8621 Posts: 327
    edited May 15
    i always do the 16-18lb 2 pack from Costco for our office of about 28 people and its more than enough.

    2 Large Eggs - Huntsville, AL

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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 588
    edited May 15
    I would say if you are going to have a lot of other food I would buy maybe 18-20lbs un-trimmed. Trim it down about 2-5lbs and your finished weight will be about 12-15 pounds. You will have some of the kids eat a lot and some not hardly at all. The ladies also may not eat as much as you think. But that would be about 1 pound per person when done and that's way more than you will need probably. My guess is that would be either 2 or 3   8-10 pound butts

    Dallas Area, Tx    LBGE, 36" Stainless Blackstone Griddle, Contemplating which size Egg to get next. Cast Iron Hoarder.

    "You may all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"- Davy Crockett

  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 504
    Pork butt is cheap - I would go big (18-20lbs) and plan for leftovers 
    Memphis, TN 
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 1,909
    I don't really have a good answer, but just want you to make sure you consider pre- and post-cook weight when figuring out how much you'll need.
    Stillwater, MN
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,898
    Buy as much as you can cram in your egg. Foodsaver any leftovers. Better to have too much rather than too little especially now that the wife is involved. 
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,462
    Since you can't figure post cooked weight at the store, this is pre-cooked weight.
    Flint, Michigan
  • SkrullbSkrullb Posts: 362
    Buy as much as you can cram in your egg. Foodsaver any leftovers. Better to have too much rather than too little especially now that the wife is involved. 
    What he said. 
    I'm in Fredericksburg, VA, and I have an XL and a medium. 
  • SkrullbSkrullb Posts: 362
    edited May 15
    2 butts and you should have plenty left for yourself. 
    I'm in Fredericksburg, VA, and I have an XL and a medium. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 9,993
    You need about an 8-9 pounder pre-cooked weight.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • BiggreenpharmacistBiggreenpharmacist Posts: 4,064
    Buy a 2 pak and cook them both. Why the hell not since you already will have the egg going. 

    Little Rock, AR

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,964
    Side dishes rule!
    Visalia, Ca
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,755
    Here are a few numbers to work with (depending on sides to eat):
    figure on around 50% finish yield for a butt.  Then around 1/2 lb/person.  
    Run the numbers; 14 x 1/2 = 7 lbs finished.  7/ 1/2= 14 lbs raw.  Now you can scale that up or down depending on sides etc.  But better to go long and have left-overs.  FWIW-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,106
    I can't think of much that isn't improved by the addition of pulled pork. So make extra,  so you have mo' party later. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • abpgwolfabpgwolf Posts: 478
    Skrullb said:
    Buy as much as you can cram in your egg. Foodsaver any leftovers. Better to have too much rather than too little especially now that the wife is involved. 
    What he said. 
    Amen

    Lititz, PA – XL BGE

  • It costs the same to cook one butt as it does to cook 10. My large I easily get 2 eight pounders on the main grate. More if I used the second grate raised. 

    My experience is ive feed 12 adults with 2 butts and had a ton left over. Good thing is it freezes great. If your lucky enough to own a vacuum sealer, you can keep it for over a year and it will be as good as the day you smoked it. No lie!

    figure you will render off about 40% of weight along with the bone. So 16 pounds of raw weight will get you roughly 8-9 pounds of cooked pork ready to eat. If you go by the 1/2 pound per person rule, you will feed around 16-18 people. Reality is most don’t eat a full half pound including myself (I’m a 250 pound guy).   

    So when in doubt, over cook the amount because you will have plenty of leftovers to share or freeze for those busy or lazy days and want a quick awesome meal. 
  • gmacgmac Posts: 1,787
    I’m more concerned about the parent/child math. 8 adults implies 4 couples and with 6 fourteen yr old boys that means two couples had twin boys to make this work so 50% of you and your friends are popping out twins which is well above the national average. Have you had your water tested?

    Also 20 lbs and plan on leftovers. 
    Mt Elgin Ontario - just a Large.
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