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Unread 04-25-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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I have an opportunity to cook (volunteer) for several Harley Owners Group members for the Arizona State H.O.G. Rally sign-up that starts April 30th.

The local H-D Dealer has asked if I will do pulled pork sandwiches. I said "sure!"

I am going to buy my pork butts at Sam's. They are packaged 2 to a cyro at approximately 8 pounds each. In your best estimation, how many sandwiches can I get from each 8-pounder? I usually use a 5 ounce scoop to decide serving portion per sandwich.

Yeah...I know: C'mon's just simple math."

Can you help a slow-learner out with some ideas?

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I typically run screaming from math, but can do this one... general rule is you'll get about 1/2 the starting weight as cooked meat. 8 lbs per butt/2 = 4 lbs meat to pull.

4 x 16 oz = 64, then divided by 5 (per your serving portion) = 12.8. That's by weight, not volume, so take that into consideration and as always, YMMV.

This is the math we use when we cook fundraiser lunches for a non-profit me and my hubby are part of. It typically works for us.
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Keep in mind your audience. A bunch of Harley riders may expect more than 5 oz. on a sandwich. Some people figure 1 1/2 sandwiches per grown man and 1 sandwich per woman or child. Some others would just say to add 10-15% to your total cook if it's mostly men. You can freeze and vacu-suck any pulled pork you don't use. Aim high.
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16 for bikers and no other meat! 4lbs of cooked = 16 4oz sandwiches YMMV
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