Making carnitas for 175 people (wedding) - how much pork butt do I need?

Susan Campbell
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AntoniaJames December 29, 2017
I'd ask someone who runs a taco truck. My impression is that boneless pork butt, especially when cooked down to carnitas, yields much less per pound than other meats.

I asked a friend who had a taco truck cater a big party; they recommended 3/4 pound per guest. I should add, however, that those carnitas were altogether delicious, so people wanted as much of it as they politely could get . . . . ;o)
 
Exbruxelles December 29, 2017
If you plan on a serving size of 5 oz and expect shrinkage during cooking of 25%, you're going to need a little more than 70 pounds of raw pork butt. Good luck.
 
AntoniaJames December 28, 2017
What else are you serving? ;o)
 
Susan C. December 28, 2017
Warm black bean and corn salsa, pico de gallo, mango salsa, guacamole, refried beans...still gathering ideas
 
Susan C. December 28, 2017
I am open to other/more ideas for sides
 
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