View Full Version : What's A Butt Worth??

02-21-2010, 09:32 PM
Well, I was talking to my father who was trying to come up with some ideas for a fund raiser at our church. I suggested to him to pre-sell boston butts and get some volunteers to smoke'em. I figured a good time to do it would be Memorial Day weekend. My biggest question is what would be a good selling price for an 8-9 lb butt. I consider it quite a deal to buy top quality Q for less than half the price of a Honey Baked Ham, but I just wanted some suggestions.


Jacked UP BBQ
02-21-2010, 09:41 PM
$8 a pound finished product for a fund raiser

02-22-2010, 05:35 PM
Selling by the butt can be difficult IMO because no two or the same size. One may end up 4 1/2 lbs cooked and another 3 1/2 cooked. Some I have seen switched from by the butt to 4lbs of cooked meat with sauce Around here people pay $45 for 4lbs of pulled pork with 16oz of sauce.

02-22-2010, 06:22 PM
I have seen it for between $10 and $12 a pound pulled. If you go with a whole butt, I would imagine the price should be less.

02-22-2010, 07:15 PM
Fund raiser 9-10 dollars a pound.

02-22-2010, 07:34 PM
I like the idea of selling it by the pound, good idea. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Bbq Bubba
02-23-2010, 08:14 AM
Fund raiser 9-10 dollars a pound.


02-25-2010, 10:53 PM
Generally I get about 60% weight of finished meat to raw, so a 10 pound raw butt will end up with 6 pounds after cooking, bone removed and cleaned. This goes for $10/lbs "by the pound" but in bulk (catering) I generally drop to $8.00 and throw in a few quarts of sauce. Work out your menu mapping and you can plug in just about any price scenario you want to see what your profit will be. I have a 50lbs catering job coming up that I am doing for the $8/lbs... starting with 100lbs at .89/lb; when all is said and done I will clear $275.00 or about $22.90 an hour (12 hrs).
If you are supplying bread, serving containers, napkins etc, be sure to add that in.

03-03-2010, 06:05 PM
I have done a few fundraisers for youth groups and the kids charge $20 for a whole tri-tip or a whole rack of ribs. The kids pre-sell the meat and the customers come by and pick up whole tri's or ribs. All we do is cook and wrap them for pick-up. We don't charge for anything except the meat and supplies. Good way to get your name out and do something to give back to the community.

03-14-2010, 12:05 AM
Our church sells 6lb average butts for $25 each. They sell out every time at that price. Takes about 3 days to smoke them all.

03-14-2010, 10:20 AM
You will need a certified scale to sell by the lb. even for a fundraiser. Sell pulled meat by the "volume". Get containers that can hold app. 1# and 5# of PP. Then sell the container, not suggesting an actual weight. Simply state that "this container had enough servings for X people".
This is the only way to get around having another piece of equipment you will barely use after a while.

03-14-2010, 05:06 PM
Just came back from cooking 17 cases of tri-tip and 5 cases of babybacks we did for a youth fundraiser on Saturday. $20 per tri and $20 per rack. The kids pre-sold all the meat and we had two pick-up times, one noon and the other 5pm so we could do two cooks in one day. No complaints about some tri's being too small since it was a fundraiser so everyone was happy to help the kids out. Some of those kids sold 20 tri's!! Sure will go a long way to help them buy equipment. Gross was about $10,000.

03-25-2010, 09:27 PM
Most fundraisers around here (Northern MS) sell whole butts for 30. Lots of "professional fundraisers" charging $10 each to cook, giving 10 for the butt and $10 to the charity. They advertise as 8lb average, so people understand if they get a slight one.

03-29-2010, 12:49 PM
^^^^^ What he said around here, Northern MS. $25-$30 for a Butt. Off the smoker into foil.