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Pulled pork is also a great way to stretch your grocery budget. While a big chunk of pork can be expensive because of its size, it yields a lot of meat, which can be used for so many different things. Pulled pork also freezes very well. Bone-in pork shoulder runs about $1.59 per pound at my local grocery store. That’s about $15 for 9.5 lb. A bone-in pork butt will lose about 40% of its weight after it’s cooked and shredded (according to to a post from Barbecue Bible). With a serving of about a third to half pound per person, my 9.5 lb. cut of pork yielded enough for 12 or more servings (see Pulled Pork BBQ: Smoked Pork Butt Using A Charcoal Grill). That’s $1.25 per serving (not counting the other ingredients needed). If you’re on a tight budget, cooking up a pork shoulder and freezing the meat for later use is a great way to save money. If you’re cooking for one, you could get 12 meals out of this. For a family of 4, you could make 3 meals.
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