Today is a good day to smoke

Discussion in 'Pork' started by neens, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. neens

    neens Smoke Blower

    I got 4 racks of BB,4 butts 2 bone in 8.5lbs each 2 boneless 6.5lbs each (distributor was out of bone in got there too late in the day) and two 2lb fattys, stuffed them in a different way. When I was making the sausage for the restaurant I took some and ran it through the grinder again mixing peppers and onions in with the meat.

    I’m not sure how the boneless will workout. It was my understanding that the bone conducts heat into the meat there by speeding up the cooking process. But then again I have also been told that the bone adds a flavor to the meat. So I don’t know if it will just take longer or will taste different.

    Also a guy who plays in my pool league wants to buy some pulled pork from me but I have no idea on pricing. The meat was a little high this week at $1.09 for bone in and $1.32 for boneless. He said he wants 5 or 10lbs of it. Any thoughts on what to charge?
  2. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If he wants 10 lbs, you are gonna have very little of the butts left. By my calculations, you will get about 14-15 lbs out of your smoke today.

    I often have folks who want to try my smoked pork.The normal "donation "is about $8 a lb for pork, $9 a lb for brisket, but thats all pulled or sliced, and sauced(finishing) and in a vacsealed pouch. That is not much money for all the work! But I only do that for good friends. Now if they want to come over and drink some cold ones and help with the smoke a bit, I would probably give them some. But after the same folks keep showing up around 6-7 at night(just happened to be out in the area) on the weekends. Well It didn't take me long to figure it out! I guess its a compliment of sorts.[​IMG]
  3. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with the Capt.
  4. neens

    neens Smoke Blower

    He said he wanted 5 or 10lbs. I said 10 would be alot for one person, he said he would freeze what is left over. I usally make the finishing sauce thats listed here forget who posted it. I was planning on ziplock bags because idk how much hes going to eat at one time and dont know if he can reseal a vac bag. What I was thinking to start was $4 a pound just for the cooked meat wasnt sure what to add for my fuel and my time. Its not like this guys is my firend, I would just give it to him. I dont really know him that well at all.

    It also doesnt really matter how much is left over. The less there is the bigger excuse I have to cook more monday.
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Neens: don't short change yourself, it's hard to raise prices later, be fair, but not cheap, your turn in out a quality product that he can't go to the store and get. Your meat cost you say the 1.32 per pound off the shelf, double that because your gonna loose 40 or 50 percent in the smoke. And you take 9 hours or so in your time smokin it, cost of equipment and the fact you should get sometihin for your time. I'd go along with dan and go a minimum of 8 bucks a pound for pork. It sounds high, but go to a resteraunt and buy it, it will seem resonable then. Just my thoughts.
  6. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah thats a sounds like a good price to me. If someone is willing to buy your product, sell it don't give it away [​IMG] . If he wants it bad enough he'll buy it. Remember supply and demand [​IMG] .
  7. crewcab4x4

    crewcab4x4 Smoking Fanatic

    I would say $8 a # would be a good deal. You can't just go buy pulled pork. Your meat,fuel,wood,and time should be worth at least that.
    It is definitely agood day for a smoke I have a 11.5# brisket on right now,it's nice and warm outside barely any breeze either. Iguess I'd be smokin no matter what though.

  8. smokin out the neighbors

    smokin out the neighbors Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Skill, knowledge, and ability should all be compensated along with the costs of the meat, fuels, time, and equipment. Anyone can go buy an ECB, some meat, and some charcoal. You also posess the skills and knowledge to create the finished product. Show pride in your work and expect your customer to value all that you have into it.
  9. Howbout he buys the meat and suplies and you get to keep a
    % of the food !!? [​IMG]
  10. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gorilla, thats a good way too, I have done that in the past, and still do. They bring me 4 racks, I keep 2, and so on. Thats a deal for them at any rate. The 8-9 dollar a lb thing I do is just for friends, if I was to actually sell it, I would have to be inspected /insured and jump through alot of hoops, and the cost would be alot more.
    Neens, I would just make him 5 lbs of it in a gallon bag(if ya can fit 5 lbs in one, gonna be tight) and tell him 50 bucks! That is if ya do a good job, I haven't tasted your food, but if its good and everyone else says it is, than don't give it away!

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