So my family has a very small (hobby) cattle ranch. One of the steers born a couple of years age seems to have stunted in growth (he is smaller than the year old cows in the herd). It has been decided that he will not be worth anything to sell, so of course the only other option is to have a big BBQ.
Rather than pay to have it butchered, we decided to keep it simple and cook it whole.
We already have advice on how to slaughter/ dress it, and a place to let it age. Once slaughtered and aged, I would expect the weight of to be around 320 lb.
We have acquired an old custom built propane hog cooker which we will be converting into a reverse flow offset wood smoker. This cooker should (fingers crossed) hold this whole cow.
If anybody has any advice on how to go about smoking a whole, albeit small, cow, please let me know.