Pulled chicken

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by darrin maxey, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. darrin maxey

    darrin maxey Newbie

    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
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
     
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    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.
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    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!  
     
  6. darrin maxey

    darrin maxey Newbie

    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
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013

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