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weight of cooked meat vs. raw meat

by sam
(auburn alabama)

I am planning on opening a small barbecue stand and I have been crunching the numbers to find out my costs. What is the average amount of weight lost in a pork butt when slow cooked to 195 degrees.

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Pork temperature for "pulling" NEW
by: Larry Newberry

160 degrees is ok for sliced sandwiches, but it will not be "pulled pork" until its 200* or more.

RGrizz: I think it's a valid question NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm looking at donating enough pulled pork to feed 350-400 for a fundraiser. Believe me, knowing what my raw vs. cooked ratio is seems pretty important.

LOOKING AT PORK COSTS
by: RGRIZZ

MY FEELING IS THAT IF SOMEONE HAS TO TRY AND FIND OUT HOW MUCH WEIGHT LOSS THERE IS OR WHAT THE COST IS TO SMOKE A BOSTON BUTT THEY SHOULD PROBABLY GET SOME MEAT AND PUT IT IN THE OVEN--- TRUE SMOKED PORK IS A DELIGHT AND SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON COST OR SHRINKAGE

avg weight raw and cooked butt
by: Anonymous

I can count on anywhere between 35 and 50 percent loss once cooked. I go with about 40-50 as and average.

Might Help
by: Anonymous

USDA says cooking shoulder at 250 to an internal temp of 160 would result in a 20-30% weight loss.

I found no references to cooking pork to more than 160 degrees IT.

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