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Old 08-13-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default Rookie meat question...Please help soon!


I have my first "catering" gig this weekend, and the person whom I'm doing it for has requested a lunch of brisket and pulled pork for sandwiches. My wife and I have racked our brains over this for the past month, we've used the So Ezzy's calculator, and now a day away from the event, my "client" is beginning to wonder if we're cooking enough meat.

According to the calculator, we have more than enough. I could really use some expertise! Thank you in advance for all of your help...Here's what we're planning:

People: 80

Briskets: Approximately 40# uncooked (4 ten # packers)
Boston Butt: Approximately 32# uncooked. (4 butts)

We bought a lot more that I was just planning on freezing, so if we need extra, we can do it. We were figuring on approx. 5.33 oz per sandwich.

I know you guys can put our minds @ ease! P.S. They also know that not everyone will get pork and not everyone will get brisket....but they wanted it split.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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I'm probably too late but that should be good.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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Agreed. That should be plenty. You should end up with about 24# of brisket and 16# of pork. 1/2 pound of meat per person is a lot. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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Thank you guys for respoding....The event was a great success. I got sincerely rave reviews and I hear that the bbq was the talk of the afternoon--thankfully, cuz I was up all night smoking it. ; ) I expected 80, but there was over 100 and still some leftover. The experience absolutely sucked until it was over....Now I can't wait to do another.

Thanks again.
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