Originally Posted by Williefb
I cooked 24 butts for 250 people (football players, coaches, parents, band members, & cheer leaders. There were 200 buns used and a few folks didn't get a bun. I'm going to say that approx 1/2 of the pulled pork was eaten and many went back for 2nds. I was figuring on 6 oz / person just to be safe. The mom's put the meat on the buns and I'm figuring they had around 3 oz / sandwich.
They are freezing the meat and plan on feeding the crowd again. The crowd liked the BBQ and we booked several sales from the event.
How many butts would you have cooked for this crowd. My butts averaged just under 8 lbs?
An eight pound butt yielding just slightly over 50% weight in meat will provide about 4 pounds of meat.
One pound of meat will yield about 3 sandwiches with a kaiser roll, 4 with a smaller hamburger type bun.
So with the above math you would yield about 16 sandwiches per butt with your hamburger buns...
Your math was right, 250 / 12 = 20 butts for kaiser rolls, .. But 250 / 16 = 15 butts for hamburger rolls.
Although not all 250 people will have a sandwich, it will equal out with those who will return for second helpings.
But also like marubozo said if there were other foods to choose from, you would use considerably less which seems like the case.