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Smoking brisket for first paid job

post #1 of 16
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Ok, i think this is the right room for this i hope. I have 4 people that are wanting me to smoke a brisket for them this weekend and want to pay me, they already have all 4 briskets that there boss gave them, (he had 4 cows slaughterd, and gave 1 cow to each of his employee's, o and by the way he's a doctor) and i was wondering what i could charge them for doing this for them. I was just wondering if anyone in here has a amount that would be fair. It will also be my first paid job as well, they know i can do, they have tried my briskets before, but just need help on what to charge.

thanks,
post #2 of 16
I charge $1.75 per lb. Fifty cents a lb. extra for slicing.
post #3 of 16
I charge $11.25 per pound for doing whole muscle cuts. I charge $16.25 per pound to make their stuff into sausage.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Is that $11.25 per pound if they bring there meat or if you have to buy it?
post #5 of 16
They bring it, I spice it, smoke it, slice it and vacuum pack it in what ever size they want it packed.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Do you provide the rub, injection or anything else for that price? Or is it suppose to be $11.75 per pound?
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thats close to what i was thinking, around the $10-$11 range, you also have to get paid for your time, and your knowledge. That seems like a fair price, if i didn't know how to smoke i would be happy to pay that.

Thanks for the info.
post #8 of 16
Good question there Hog fan since I'm looking into catering some stuff for the drug reps for the doctors offices. Then I get asked alot to smoke stuff for people all the time too.
post #9 of 16
Don't get me wrong, I get a lot of grumbles and NO WAYs. I don't give a shiiitttt about that... my price is what it will take me to skip fishing or hunting... if I can not make money on it I would rather be fishing or hunting.
post #10 of 16
Now there is a man who sees it from the correct point of view....... I with you brother..
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm with you also on that, Fishing & hunting rank up there at #1
post #12 of 16
I agree with bbally. You have to figure your time, cost of the training to get to this point, etc
post #13 of 16
You need to figure out how much time you will spend working for them and decide on a wage for that time - I figure my time is worth at least $30 hour or I dont work - if you are doing multiples then divide by the number and come up with a per piece or pound like others have suggested
Good luck
post #14 of 16
I use a rub for the $1.75. I would never sell anything at Bob's price because the market here wouldn't pay it. But to make any money you have to already be cooking a load. I wouldn't crank up just for one.
post #15 of 16
Yep, you got your priorities in order. The only time I charge for supplies only, is if I'm doing it for a friend, and they have to help me.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Great response's thanks for the help.
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