Cooking BBQ Pork for 32 college boys

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I need advice on the amount of pork to buy to cook for 32 college boys.   1/2 pound per person?  Do you think 16 lbs. will be enough.  I will have 3 sides with it and a dessert.  
 

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Uh, nope.  More like 1.25lb per person.  ;)
 
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Do college boys really eat that much meat??? I feed my family of four with 500grams of meat, so I would have guessed that 1/2 lbs per person is right on point for college boys. 
 
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Do college boys really eat that much meat??? I feed my family of four with 500grams of meat, so I would have guessed that 1/2 lbs per person is right on point for college boys. 
This is America.  These are college boys.  500g of bbq for an american college boy is just the appetizer.
 
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Ha. Totally agree with posters. In college my roommate and I ate an entire pan of lasagna in one sitting. His mother was flabbergasted. 
 
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I was once a college boy and can attest to the voracious appetite they generally exhibit.  In fact, me and my buddies were often asked to leave all-you-can-eat places because we ate too much.  Plan for lots of meat (and lots of leftovers for beg and salad).
 
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Smoke it at home, pull it and put it in baggies. Day of reheat... save all the juice that comes off while pulling and it will stay moist
 
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Smoke it at home, pull it and put it in baggies. Day of reheat... save all the juice that comes off while pulling and it will stay moist
If it's BBQ, add the sauce to the pork when re-heating. Moisture ensues. 
 
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Come to think of it I used to eat a crazy amount of meat in my college years. My two younger boys (far from being ready for college) don't eat much at all, so I probably have a skewed sense of reality. We had a party the other day with 6 kids aged 4 to 8, and I prepared 1lbs of macaronis, served with sausages and grated cheese, and to my dismay I realized I hadn't prepared enough pasta!!!
 
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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.  I will be cooking a lot of pork!  This will be a learning experience....Yikes!
 
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On a side note I had a record of sorts in college. I was living in the Briscoe dorm at Indiana U around 1972 or so. Every once in a while the cafeteria would feature "steak" night. I have no idea what cut of beef they were, but I do know they were basically flavorless and tough. One of those evenings my friends goaded me into seeing how many I could eat. Did I mention these were really tough?  I managed chew and swallow 5 of them before my jaw finally gave out. I couldn't talk for about 24 hours, just flop my jaw around uselessly.  Like I said, those were some tough steaks.

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It's been about 40 years but I remember: college student = any young man on their own = starved for mom's cooking = starved for most any mother's cooking = 1 pound/person and you've done your job = 1 pound+/person and you're the Queen!

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My rule of thumb for men and teenagers is 1 pound raw per person. After 40% shrinkage from fat loss you end up with 1/2+ pound per person so a cushion for the really big eaters. One year at my annual BBQ a six year old girl put away 1 pound of pulled pork! Her 7 year old sister ate an entire slab of spare ribs by herself!
 
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