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Old 08-06-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Will be cooking pork butts and sausage for 200. How much of each will I need?
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:24 PM   #2
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If its all men 1/3 pound of each, if there are a mix you can do a little less about a 1/4 pound each.
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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I think that he ^^^^^ means 1/3 pound finished (cooked) weight of each.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:24 AM   #4
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I have never attempted such an undertaking. But I know, a 9lb Butt after a long smoke yields about 6lbs., this would feed around 18 people well... So 11 9 lb Butts.

Now any Pro's want to chime in? I am just guessing.
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:11 AM   #5
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If its all men 1/3 pound of each, if there are a mix you can do a little less about a 1/4 pound each.
Good advice! (cooked amounts) Type of event will impact amounts also. (Backyard party vs Church Social). I just get about 50% yield on pulled pork. Have Fun
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #6
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There is a caterer's spreadsheet on here somewhere, maybe someone will post it.

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Old 08-07-2008, 09:43 AM   #7
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Here it is:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...light=catering

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Old 08-07-2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting that link Jeff!

I too get about 50 - 55% yield on pulled pork, so if you want to serve every one the same weight for each meat, 3 servings / lb or 5.33 Oz / serving is good place to start for a single meat, if you want to pull it back a little with the two meats you could, but I wouldn't.

200 x 5.33 Oz = 1066 Oz or about 67 lbs cooked weight.
67 x 2 (or divide by 0.5) = 134 lb uncooked weight on the pork.
134 / 7.5 lbs = about 18 butts at 7.5 lbs each butt.

You don't loose more than about 10% weight off the sausage normally, so 200 x 5.33 = 1066 Oz or 67 lb of sausage or about 20 x 3.5 lb packs of sausage.

Though some folks don't go for sausage, if you're buying it by the weight you could go for the full 67 lbs, but if you're buying it by the link, and they weigh in at 3 + Oz / link you could get away with 200 links, which is only about 17 packs instead of 20.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion, I don't cater bbq at the moment.
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