Use this **pulled pork calculator** for estimating the amount of **pulled pork per person** needed for any gathering on the basis of **number of guests**, **appetite levels**, and potential **leftovers**.

- For adults, plan for
1/3 to 1/2 poundof cooked pulled pork per person- For children under 12, estimate
1/4 poundof cooked pulled pork per child- If pulled pork is the main dish with minimal sides, aim for
3/4 poundper adult- If serving pulled pork sandwiches, expect
2-3 sandwichesper pound of cooked pulled pork

## Pulled Pork Calculator

Number of Guests | Portion Size (lbs) | Shrinkage Factor | Raw Pork Needed (lbs) |
---|---|---|---|

5 | 1/4 | 40% | 2.1 |

10 | 1/3 | 45% | 6.1 |

15 | 1/4 | 40% | 4.2 |

20 | 1/3 | 45% | 12.1 |

25 | 1/4 | 40% | 10.4 |

30 | 1/3 | 45% | 18.2 |

40 | 1/3 | 45% | 24.2 |

50 | 1/3 | 45% | 30.3 |

60 | 0.25 | 40% | 37.5 |

75 | 0.3 | 50% | 45.0 |

100 | 1/3 | 45% | 60.6 |

150 | 0.25 | 40% | 62.5 |

200 | 0.3 | 45% | 109.1 |

250 | 0.25 | 40% | 78.1 |

300 | 0.33 | 50% | 120.0 |

400 | 0.3 | 45% | 182.5 |

500 | 0.25 | 40% | 156.3 |

## Pulled Pork Per Person Calculation Formula

The general formula for calculating pulled pork per person is:

**Raw pork needed = (Number of guests × Portion size) ÷ (1 - Shrinkage factor)**

Where:

Portion sizetypically ranges from1/4 to 1/3 pound(4-5 ounces) per personShrinkage factoris usually around40-50%(0.4-0.5)

Calculate for 20 people with a **1/3 pound portion size** and **45% shrinkage**:

**Raw pork needed = (20 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 12.1 pounds**

## How to Calculate Pulled Pork Per Person

**Estimate guest count**: Include adults and children, adjusting for appetites.**Determine portion size**: Usually 1/4 to 1/3 pound per adult.**Factor in shrinkage**: Raw pork loses 40-50% of its weight during cooking.**Apply the formula**: Use the equation mentioned above.**Round up**: Always buy a little extra to account for unexpected guests or larger appetites.

For a party of **40 adults**, assuming **1/3 pound portions** and **45% shrinkage**:

**Raw pork needed = (40 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 24.2 pounds**

Rounding up, you should purchase about **25 pounds** of raw pork.

## How much pulled pork for 10 adults?

You should plan to purchase about **6.1 to 6.5 pounds** of raw pork to **feed 10 adults **comfortably.

**Portion size**: Typically, we aim for 1/3 pound (5-6 ounces) of pulled pork per adult.**Shrinkage**: Raw pork loses about 40-50% of its weight during cooking.**Event type**: Is this a main dish at a barbecue or part of a larger buffet?**Guest appetites**: Consider if your guests are big eaters or if there will be other main dishes.

**Raw pork needed = (Number of guests × Portion size) ÷ (1 - Shrinkage factor)**

**For 10 adults, assuming:**

- 1/3 pound portion size
- 45% shrinkage (0.45)

**Raw pork needed = (10 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45)
= 3.33 ÷ 0.55
≈ 6.06 pounds**

## How Much Pulled Pork for 50, 75, 100, and 200 Guests

### For 75 Guests

**Raw pork needed = (75 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 45.5 pounds**

Round up to **46 or 47 pounds** of raw pork for 75 guests.

### For 200 Guests

For larger events, you might adjust portion sizes slightly:

**Raw pork needed = (200 × 0.3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 109.1 pounds**

Consider purchasing **110-115 pounds** of raw pork for 200 guests.

### Calculations for 100 People

For a group of **100**, using our standard assumptions:

**Raw pork needed = (100 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 60.6 pounds**

Round up to **61 or 62 pounds** of raw pork for 100 people.

### Pulled Pork for 50 People

For a medium-sized gathering of **50**:

**Raw pork needed = (50 × 1/3) ÷ (1 - 0.45) ≈ 30.3 pounds**

Purchase about **31 pounds** of raw pork to comfortably feed **50 people**.

## How Many Will 15 lbs of Pulled Pork Feed?

**Number of guests = (Raw pork weight × (1 - Shrinkage factor)) ÷ Portion size**

For **15 lbs** of raw pork, assuming **45% shrinkage** and **1/3 pound portions**:

**Number of guests = (15 × (1 - 0.45)) ÷ (1/3) ≈ 24.75**

Therefore, **15 lbs** of raw pork will feed approximately **24-25 people**.

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