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 Post subject: how to estimate how much to cook.
PostPosted: July 9th, 2011, 9:25 am 
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I think I've read it on here before,but I cant seem to find it again,but does anybody have some kind of formula for estimating how much chicken,butts and ribs to cook per person?I've just been asked to cook for 150 people at a wedding reception,they want half pulled pork and half chicken.Any info on tater salad,beans and slaw would be awfully helpful too.
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Rod.
ps:the rib info is something I've been wondering about for myself.

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 Post subject: Re: how to estimate how much to cook.
PostPosted: July 9th, 2011, 4:30 pm 
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IIRC 1/4 lb. per person on pork so... 8lb. butt would render about 6.5-7lb. cooked product meaning one butt would feed 24-28 people, as far as chicken goes? pulled, thighs, wings? ribs I would figure a 4 bone rack per person.. meaning one rack could feed 3 people. it really just depends on your crowd older people or younger? better to have more than not enough! I would think a 6-8 ounce serving would be more than enough for the sides with the meat. hope this helps

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 Post subject: Re: how to estimate how much to cook.
PostPosted: July 13th, 2011, 11:01 am 
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Here is my formula for pork butt. It is based upon the following: 50% shrinkage; 1/4 lb. serving; 1.5 servings per person. To calucalte precook weight for 25 people, the math is as follows:
25/4 = 6.35 x 1.5 = 9.375 lbs. cooked meat
9.375/.50 = 18.75 lbs. precooked weight.

I used this calcualtion for feeding 50 this past weekend and ended up with about 1 pound of meat left over. This was with 2 sides and a dessert.

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 Post subject: Re: how to estimate how much to cook.
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thanks a bunch,this info will help take out alot of the guess work.

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