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Old 08-09-2009, 10:33 PM   #1
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Ok, so Ive found out that my neighbors church needs pulled pork for 150 people. I went with 100#lbs of butts = 50 lbs. cooked weight = food for 200 @ 1/4 lb each. You think thats a good guess? I dont have the experience alot of you guys have. Thanks for the help. db
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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Not sure on the exact amounts im sure you will get a response from someone who knows the ratios pretty good but this link here will show you what I got from 34lbs (4butts) about 2 1/2 trays full ...didnt weight them ...I guess im going to have to start weighing them.

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Old 08-10-2009, 01:19 AM   #3
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Ok, so Ive found out that my neighbors church needs pulled pork for 150 people. I went with 100#lbs of butts = 50 lbs. cooked weight = food for 200 @ 1/4 lb each. You think thats a good guess? I dont have the experience alot of you guys have. Thanks for the help. db
Have you used the BBQ catering planner that is posted as a sticky at the top of this forum? I played around with it a little bit.
http://www.bbq-4-u.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8105

When I plugged in 200 four oz servings, it gave me 90.91 lbs of uncooked Boston Butts or 76.92 lbs of (full) Pork Shoulder.

We're doing 50 lbs of butt, 30 lbs of chicken and a few slabs of ribs for a party this weekend. Hope the weather holds out!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:08 AM   #4
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Man I hope the weather holds out for you too. I just did 40lbs of butts and 30lbs of brisket and 5 lbs chicken and got rained out. Thank god most people ate early.

Ill check the link Div. thanks!
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I use between 1/4 and 1/3 pound of cooked pork per sandwich. Always cook more than you figure you need, as a cushion. I generally prepare what I think will be consumed, plus 10%, to be safe.
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Right on the money!
and I'd be lost without SoEzzys catering planner. It works and works well.
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I use between 1/4 and 1/3 pound of cooked pork per sandwich. Always cook more than you figure you need, as a cushion. I generally prepare what I think will be consumed, plus 10%, to be safe.
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I'd say ya did that just bout perfect. I always figure 50% loss on the smoke an a few extras, All mine er 1/4lb on a bun an nobody ever complains, the meat hangs out the side. Yall do just fine.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:06 PM   #8
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Im pretty confident with it. Ill be the first to admit Ive been known to screw a couple a cooks (thankfully home cooks) so I just wanted to get other opinions cause this place has alot of smart people!

thanks for all the input!
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I invested in a $25 scale... when i do something like that, a function of any sort.. I put the bread in a boat/plate on the scale, add a couple of pickles, zero the scale, then weight the meat to 1/4 lb as it goes on the sammy... it has vastly improved my food cost, and profitablity..

and just a point.. if you need food for 150, just get food for 150, not 200.. not giving you a hard time, but in paying gigs you need to keep costs as close to the vest as possible.. as well, there is always more food in addition to the main attraction, or main meal...,

plus people really dont eat as much as they say/think they do, expecially if there are sides, appys, chips, and all that other stuff that is laying around the party...you'll get a handfull of people who will over eat, but it certainly is not the majority of the people in attendance ..and they will be balanced out by the ever dieting female demographic of the party
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Thanks Boberquer Ive got a scale too. Just might have to put that plan in action after I get used to jist of how it all plays out when Im actually doin the serving. Also to Hogette Yes I have tinkered with SoEzzies planner. Its nice. I feel better talking with the people though.
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