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Old 05-21-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question How many pounds of pork butt should I buy for 100 people?

I've never cooked pulled pork for this many people before and normally just buy more than I need. With 100 adults (mixed but mostly men), I'm not sure how much to buy. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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If your going to lose between 30% & 40% in the cooking process and if you want to have about 1/3 lb serving, if you do the math. 1# for 3 people or 150/3=50 so 50# cooked pork. If your going to lose 1/3 in the cooking process or 25# you would need 75# of raw product. 25 x 3 = 75.

Sorry I did 150 for a few large eaters in the bunch....There will be people who eat double or even triple...
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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Your yield is typically 50-60%. Most figure about 1/3 - 1/2 pound per person, so you figure about 1 pound uncooked per person (assuming 1/2 pound pp). I usually go on the high side. A lot depends on the sides and how many other dishes are served though.
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Working backwards, starting with 100 people divided by 2 = 50 lbs finished product. Then entering 50 for x in the simple formula of ((x +1)π)/2 = raw meat weight. Using this formula, you would start with approximately 80 lbs of raw pork. Plug in the numbers, it works.
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Totally unrelated, but OP are you an Ole?
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Working backwards, starting with 100 people divided by 2 = 50 lbs finished product. Then entering 50 for x in the simple formula of ((x +1)π)/2 = raw meat weight. Using this formula, you would start with approximately 80 lbs of raw pork. Plug in the numbers, it works.

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I've done many parties that size and if you are going to be serving sides, drinks and every thing else, I would get aound 65lbs, or a case of butts. That will give you 8 pork butts, at an average of about 8lbs a piece. This will give you around 40 lbs of cooked product that should serve roughly 120 people at a 1/3 lb per person serving.
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Working backwards, starting with 100 people divided by 2 = 50 lbs finished product. Then entering 50 for x in the simple formula of ((x +1)π)/2 = raw meat weight. Using this formula, you would start with approximately 80 lbs of raw pork. Plug in the numbers, it works.
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Last summer I did 8 pork butts for a graduation about 100 people came and there was plenty left over. They handed some out at the end which also paid off for me with a couple other cooks ....
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Are you really asking BBQ guy's from Arkansas to do Algebra? LOL
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Working backwards, starting with 100 people divided by 2 = 50 lbs finished product. Then entering 50 for x in the simple formula of ((x +1)π)/2 = raw meat weight. Using this formula, you would start with approximately 80 lbs of raw pork. Plug in the numbers, it works.
What does the "+1" do?
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What does the "+1" do?
Makes the math come out right.
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Big eaters... I liked the 80# estimate. Somewhere between 65 and 80 is probably right. I HATE to run out, plus I really like leftovers.

Last cook I cooked for 40, all showed up, I presented 6 9.5lb butts, they ate 4 of 'em. Piggy eaters I guess....
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I HATE to run out, plus I really like leftovers.
That is the key, it doesn't cost that much more $$ to ensure you don't run out, and it doesn't take any additional time. Leftovers - nothing wrong with that...
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Thank you for the help. @idrivefast: Yes, I'm an Ole (so I can do calculus).
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If it's a typical crowd with several sides and desserts, I figure 2/3 lb uncooked per person, like CarolinaQue says. I don't cook for crowds much, but it seems like I'm always cooking for 30. 2, 8-9 lb butts is usually plenty with leftovers. 8 butts this size should work for 100.
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