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Pulled chicken

post #1 of 6
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Can someone help me I've had a request for 30 lbs of pulled chicken but I'm not sure what my loss is. With chicken do you get 50% of raw weight as finished product.  Thanks for the help

post #2 of 6
Depends on what cut you are using. Thighs are a good choice for pulled chicken. If I had to guess I'd say with thighs you only lose 30%. I haven't weighed one before or after smoking and removing the bone.
post #3 of 6
If I was going to pull a large quantity of chicken I'd use breast just for simplicity sake. I'd smoke for an hour or so @250 to give some flavor and then braise it for a while in some vegetable or chicken broth in foil in the smoker.
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by FWIsmoker View Post

If I was going to pull a large quantity of chicken I'd use breast just for simplicity sake. I'd smoke for an hour or so @250 to give some flavor and then braise it for a while in some vegetable or chicken broth in foil in the smoker.

IMHO the texture of the breast meat doesn't make for a good pulled chicken. What makes using the breast easier than the thigh? The bone falls right out when pulling.
post #5 of 6

Case I just think it's a little cleaner and easier.. I'd get 6 five lb bags of frozen chicken breast and wouldn't have to deal with any skin fat or bone... That's my logic. 

 

Sure If I were making a small quantity thighs would be great!  

post #6 of 6
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Ok we smoked and pulled 16 chickens and 8 butts on Sunday, this morning  we will start reheating them plus 4 large cans of baked beans serving with potato salad. pictures to follow this evening

 

 Happy Labor Day

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