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Old 07-26-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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my first 'big' smoke

a little of this is on the catering site, but I got roped into doing pulled pork for a football team (college players and staff)
My friend and I both have Traegers, he a 70 me a 75. we started with 14 butts (2 to a package, 7 packs total) which was around 130#. give or take. rubbed them down with some Willingham's (that's what I had, and my wife does not like too well, so we got rid of it)

they were on the Traeger for about 13 hrs at 225 , this is about 12 hrs in, on mine with 8 butts

they were between 185 and 200 so I pulled them all and foiled and into the cooler for about 2 hrs (if I had more time, I would have left them on the cooker longer, and rested them longer)
we pulled all 14 butts, it took aroung 1 1/2 hrs to pull. More then filled 5 10# catering pans, chilled over night, and reheated in the overn at 200 for about 3 hrs which seemed about right ( I did kick to 350 for around 1/2 hr)
we served the team at the stadium, best pic I had of the meat (not great pic sorry the kids wanted the food, and I got bumped)

anyway, long and short we fed 125
we had 200 ears of corn on the cobb (a little too much)
25# of mac and cheese (not nearly enough, the players love this stuff)
400 cookies
200 waters
20 gallon of Gator aid (some left over)
I used Sweet baby ray's sauce, Cattleman's and Montgomery Inn sauce (I let them re sauce on their own)
Sweet Baby Ray's is the hand down winner, Cattleman's was last
Just FYI and we had a lot of fun!
next time more Sweet Baby ray's, mac and cheese, and take better pics!!LOL

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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Wow Sluggo fine job on that one.

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #3
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I have had the same problem with pictures getting blurry as I progress through a cook. I blame beer. Looks excellent for what I can see.
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Outstanding...and good lessons learned. Win Win.
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Old 07-30-2011, 05:27 AM   #5
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Excellent job! Did you make money?
I hope this isn't negative!
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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Great job Sluggo.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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Looks like a great cook and like you made alot of people happy
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:52 AM   #8
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Pretty ambitious project. Sounds like it was a great success.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:51 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Nick Prochilo
Excellent job! Did you make money?
no wasn't trying to , the coach did give me 2 shirts which was nice. Someone else bought the meat, I just cooked.
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Old 08-01-2011, 12:49 PM   #10
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Awesome job ! That's a lot of work, but I bet it was fun... I love cooking for lots of people Hmmmmm so the picture is blurry because your arm got bumped..... I'll have to remember that one like bk my bad pics are usually alcohol related Very nice

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