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Unread 06-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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I'm going to be roasting a pig in my La Caja China for a family reunion. There are going to 25 people all over the ages of 15.

I have no idea how big of a pig I need. Any suggestions?
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Unread 06-06-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
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Hey Larry, I did some searching and found that you will loose 30% of the live weight of a pig. So If you have 25 people and there is about 50% loss when cooked you will need to get about a 90# butchered or 130# live. I have never cooked a whole hog before so these are some figures to start with. When will you do the cook?
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Not till October. It's a family reunion and I need to get a budget done in the next week or so.
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Are you going to have the reunion at your place?
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Are you going to have the reunion at your place?
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Hey Larry, Looks like no one has chimed in yet, I am very curious about hearing from someone else who has done this before.
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For 25 people, you'd be lookin at a suckling pig, probably about a 40 lb'r would give you leftovers.

Are you gonna do it on the Egg?
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I thought I had posted----maybe it got removed because I said where to get the pig. Larry I will call you. A 40 pound suckling pig would lose 30 % after slaughter due to guts etc. So that would give you 28 pounds to cook. After cooking a pig there is a 50% loss due to shrinkage, fat rendering off, bones, and skin removal. That would leave approx 14 pounds of meat for consumption. If servings are 8 ounce servings that would be 28 servings. BBQ Bubba's figures sound close. Often times when I cook whole pigs--there are people that will not eat the "Poor Little Pig" even though they have no problem eating bacon at Denny's. Sometimes for those I cook a shoulder or a loin. The Caja China works well. The coals on top almost act like cooking in a dutch oven.
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For 25 people I'd just buy 7-8 lb pork butts
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For 25 people I'd just buy 7-8 lb pork butts
I don't want to cook pork butts. I want to roast a WHOLE PIG in the La Caja China I bought so I could roast a WHOLE PIG.
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For 25 people I'd just buy 7-8 lb pork butts
Like he said, he did not want to cook pork butts, BUT, if he did, and he bought seven 8 lb. pork butts there would be a chit load of leftovers. Even at 50% reduction to rendering (I usually get 35-40%) there would be enough for over 1 pound per person;
7 x 8 = 56
- 50%=28
div. by 2 = 1.12 pounds per person

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Whole Pig! Whole Pig! Whole Pig!
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I SAID BUY 7-8 LB BUTTS, NOT BUY SEVEN 8 LB BUTTS,I never said how many. Either way I had to look up the la china thing, I seen Bobby Flay have a throw down using one. I'm sure it works good. So ROAST YOUR WHOLE HOG AND HAVE FUN DOING IT
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I just went to a hog roast yesterday. It wasnt very good, the meat was very very dry. I am pretty sure the guy didnt know what he was doing. I was kinda dissapointed. Now I wanna have my own, this has been some great info fo me.
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You need a sucking, Larry as Bubba suggested!
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