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Pork Butt Cooked Weight vs. Purchase Weight

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I had to smoke about 20lbs of pork butt yesterday, and it occurred to me that this would be a good opportunity to test how much of the purchased weight of a pork butt yields to cooked weight.  I know the cooked weight because I packaged the pork in 1lb bags afterwards.  Here are my findings for anybody interested:

Starting weight:  19lbs - 8.96ozs (19.56lbs)
Cooked/Packaged Weight:  11lbs - 8ozs (11.5lbs)
Bone Weight:  1lb

It appears around 40% (8lbs of 19.56lbs) of the purchased weight cooked out of the meat.  That is a combination of bone and fluids obviously.  It may be slightly under 40% because I obviously had to perform quality control tests prior to packaging.

Has anybody else done something similar and got similar results?

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  • Tspud1
    Tspud1 Posts: 1,492
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    I had always assume about a third 33%, some dont have bones
  • alaskanassasin
    alaskanassasin Posts: 7,765
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    That’s a good one for @lkapigian
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,722
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    I go with 60% yield on the finished product.  Thanks for the revalidation.  
    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,880
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     I usually cook in bulk I am always trying to maximize my yields , those numbers are a good rule of thumb and what I use for calculating, but I mitigate the loss by cooking ultra low  , collagen protein will  unwind as low as +-122 ( think sous vide ) I also cook in pans for anything that will be "pulled" and retain much of  what would normally be lost .........hey If I can save 10% I will .......Also I will remove far before probe tender If know I am going into an extended rest like overnight.....My 2 Cents 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • Thatgrimguy
    Thatgrimguy Posts: 4,732
    edited April 2022
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    I had to smoke about 20lbs of pork butt yesterday, and it occurred to me that this would be a good opportunity to test how much of the purchased weight of a pork butt yields to cooked weight.  I know the cooked weight because I packaged the pork in 1lb bags afterwards.  Here are my findings for anybody interested:

    Starting weight:  19lbs - 8.96ozs (19.56lbs)
    Cooked/Packaged Weight:  11lbs - 8ozs (11.5lbs)
    Bone Weight:  1lb

    It appears around 40% (8lbs of 19.56lbs) of the purchased weight cooked out of the meat.  That is a combination of bone and fluids obviously.  It may be slightly under 40% because I obviously had to perform quality control tests prior to packaging.

    Has anybody else done something similar and got similar results?
    Many times and I always account for 40%. I once did it on a 250lb cook and it also ran almost dead on 40% So I feel it's about average. It's the standard number plugged in on most catering apps/spreadsheets I've acquired as well.
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  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,880
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    For reasons I cannot explain, when I saw this title, I thought “Spouses: Current Weight vs. Marriage Weight.” It’s Friday!
    Lol
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • RyanStl
    RyanStl Posts: 1,050
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    For reasons I cannot explain, when I saw this title, I thought “Spouses: Current Weight vs. Marriage Weight.” It’s Friday!
    In that case for most of us that would be a 40% increase.  ;)
  • danhoo
    danhoo Posts: 690
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    For reasons I cannot explain, when I saw this title, I thought “Spouses: Current Weight vs. Marriage Weight.” It’s Friday!

    Women marry men, hoping they will change; but they don't.


    Men marry women, hoping they will not change; but they do.


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  • lafromla1
    lafromla1 Posts: 18
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    heard a good one recently...... you know its time for a new girlfriend when your current one fits in your wife's clothes.  too funny not to share.
    After living on both coasts, I've made my way back to the mid-west, Illinois to be exact.  
  • pgprescott
    pgprescott Posts: 14,544
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    For reasons I cannot explain, when I saw this title, I thought “Spouses: Current Weight vs. Marriage Weight.” It’s Friday!
    😳😳😳😳 Talk about third rail! 
  • ThrasherIII
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    danhoo said:
    For reasons I cannot explain, when I saw this title, I thought “Spouses: Current Weight vs. Marriage Weight.” It’s Friday!

    Women marry men, hoping they will change; but they don't.


    Men marry women, hoping they will not change; but they do.


    then women ask what happened you changed LOL!!
  • Mark_B_Good
    Mark_B_Good Posts: 1,534
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    Child to mom, "Mom, why is it that you continuously ask dad to change this and that about himself ... and then you complain he's not the man you married?"
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