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nicerackbbqteam
10-05-2009, 12:09 PM
HI we are just starting out this year so far we had a really good year
and i was thinking of ending the BBQ season by offering Smoked turkeys
so i am trying to figure out a good price for them
average size is about 8-12lb bird

thank you

big brother smoke
10-05-2009, 03:39 PM
$40- 50 per bird based on weight. Otherwise is it worth your time?

nicerackbbqteam
10-05-2009, 05:39 PM
yeah i think so..im trying to get orders in now

Chuckwagonbbqco
10-05-2009, 06:16 PM
During the holiday season almost all stores have turkeys on sale for 99 cents per pound. I have had trouble trying to get a good price for smoked turkeys---people seem to balk at the price. The only way I have been able to make money smoking turkeys is to smoke them 20 at a time. I take orders and plan the turkey pick ups so that I can smoke a whole load at a time. I have been getting $40.00 per turkey so only $20,00 or so per bird is paid for labor. That is not much money to brine, spice and smoke one turkey---but by doing 20 turkeys at a time it works for me.

Things may work differently in your area---I think that we are in the poorest county in the state. If I could only take EBT cards for turkeys.

jbrink01
10-05-2009, 07:57 PM
I really hate doing Turkeys. I agree, the effort is not really worth it unless you can do 25 or 30 at a time.

Bossmanbbq
10-05-2009, 08:01 PM
I did 25 turkeys last year and sold them for $35 a piece. I had a couple people not get it saying they could get a turkey for $5 and wanted me to smoke them. I won't smoke turkeys other people buy just because I have no control over the quality control and if someone get sick its me that gets blamed, to much risk for me.
I think this year we will be selling them for $40 and see what happens.

bam
10-05-2009, 10:39 PM
We do turkeys for 30 dollars plus price of turkey. Some of your customer ask for free range makes a difference.

mrwicks
10-09-2009, 11:05 AM
I fry and smoke about 40 birds each holiday......smoked turkey has better margin.....I start at 48 for a 10-12 lb, 53 for a 13-17 lb and 58 for 18-22 ....nothing bigger than that......RD has turkeys for .86 /lb right now

big brother smoke
10-09-2009, 02:44 PM
It's a good way to get started in the business. I almost refuse to them now due to the profit margin.

MattG
10-09-2009, 03:15 PM
I charge $40 for a 12-14lb turkey.

MattG
10-09-2009, 03:21 PM
I won't smoke turkeys other people buy just because I have no control over the quality control and if someone get sick its me that gets blamed, to much risk for me.
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Thats right, thats not a good thing. I had a guy bring me some deer meat that he wanted me to smoke. He said it was frozen and brought it to me. When he got there it was nothing but HOT and dried out stinking meat:shock:. It was like it had been laying in the sun all day. He said its ok because it was going into the cooker and the heat would kill everything.:shock::shock::shock: I said you have got to be kidding me. Needless to say I told him to take a hike and Ive never let anyone bring meat to me since then. LESSON LEARNED!!!!!!:rolleyes:

nicerackbbqteam
10-10-2009, 11:54 AM
WOW Great Response i have gotten... we Have 4 birds so far on Order!

txschutte
10-10-2009, 12:12 PM
I only do them by request, or for catering the whole package. People chit themselves when they see what I have to have for a $.89/lb turkey.....

BigJimsBBQ
10-11-2009, 04:22 AM
I started my mass smoking by doing Turkey for 2 different meat markets. I learned alot about all the work and mess was involved that 1st year for Turkeys. I now do Smoked Hams only and no Turkeys for the Holidays because of a much better profit for the work load. People see Turkeys for $1 or less a pound and do not understand adding $2+ more per pound for smoking but are use to paying a larger profit for Ham because of past Businesses already charging this price.

JamesB
10-12-2009, 03:28 AM
Get $40 per ~12lb bird. Only do them for family, friends, co-workers etc. Have orders for 30 smoked birds and 16 fried so far. I buy the "enhanced" birds since they are already brined in a sense since I don't have any way to safely brine that many birds.

Buster Dog BBQ
10-12-2009, 08:20 AM
How do you guys store the turkeys after you cook them? Like if you have a whole bird for pickup, do you put in a pan and wrap or something like that for when people pick up? Then they just pop the pan in the oven and reheat to 160 or something?

BigJimsBBQ
10-12-2009, 02:09 PM
How do you guys store the turkeys after you cook them? Like if you have a whole bird for pickup, do you put in a pan and wrap or something like that for when people pick up? Then they just pop the pan in the oven and reheat to 160 or something?


Buster - I cool them down and then use the 2 gallon vacvuum bag just enough for snug / not crush, then store in my large 500 quart ice chest.

jbrink01
10-22-2009, 04:51 PM
It's a good way to get started in the business. I almost refuse to them now due to the profit margin.

Amen!

Marsha
10-23-2009, 12:25 AM
Remember to include a note with instructions to reheat the turkey to a safe temperature for consumption. We always print those up and tape them to the top of the wrapped turkey.

nicerackbbqteam
10-24-2009, 02:44 AM
Yes we do that

stan
10-24-2009, 08:08 AM
I only do them for friends, coworkers, and family. Last year I did them for $35. I also buy the enhanced birds because they are kind of brined...

I doubt I do them this year..

Bigmista
10-24-2009, 12:39 PM
I charge $45 to $75 depending on the size of the bird. THey are a pain in the butt though. Maybe I'll do Prime Rib exclusively this year...

SmokeMeTender
10-26-2009, 03:25 PM
What kind of hams do you use? We have been asked to cook 4 for a nursing home. How much do you charge?

landarc
10-26-2009, 04:22 PM
$75 for a smoked turkey? Do you get a lot of buyers at that price?

lazybonesmoke1
10-26-2009, 05:35 PM
This is what I do every Thanksgiving. We sold about 60 dinners and about 50 extra Turkeys last year.

LAZYBONES SMOKEHOUSES'
THANKSGIVING FEAST 2009
SERVES 10-12 PEOPLE


APPLEWOOD SMOKED WHOLE TURKEY (12 POUND AVERAGE)
REAL TURKEY GRAVY
ROASTED GARLIC REDSKINS
CORNBREAD STUFFING
BRAISED MICHIGAN CABBAGE W/ BACON AND ONIONS
BUTTERED GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE
CINNAMON APPLES
FRESH CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH
BAKERY FRESH PUMPKIN PIE




PICK-UP COLD ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25
WITH REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS
$99.99


PICK UP HOT, READY TO EAT THANKSGIVING DAY
$119.99


ALA CARTE OPTIONS


APPLEWOOD SMOKED WHOLE TURKEY (12 POUND AVERAGE)
$39.99
REAL TURKEY GRAVY
$9.99 QUART
ROASTED GARLIC REDSKINS
$19.99
CORNBREAD STUFFING
$19.99
BRAISED MICHIGAN CABBAGE W/ BACON AND ONIONS
$19.99
BUTTERED GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE
$19.99
CINNAMON APPLES
$9.99 QUART
FRESH CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH
$9.99 QUART
BAKERY FRESH PUMPKIN PIE
$9

jpouchman
10-30-2009, 12:46 AM
is anyone doing the turkeys on an FEC 100?

Ford
10-30-2009, 09:17 AM
sure - FEC100's cook great turkey.

Joe Bryant
11-02-2009, 10:39 AM
That looks like a great menu lazybones. For folks that pickup cold, how do you store everything?

Are you like the others here and don't feel turkeys are a good profit margin?

J

This is what I do every Thanksgiving. We sold about 60 dinners and about 50 extra Turkeys last year.

LAZYBONES SMOKEHOUSES'
THANKSGIVING FEAST 2009
SERVES 10-12 PEOPLE


APPLEWOOD SMOKED WHOLE TURKEY (12 POUND AVERAGE)
REAL TURKEY GRAVY
ROASTED GARLIC REDSKINS
CORNBREAD STUFFING
BRAISED MICHIGAN CABBAGE W/ BACON AND ONIONS
BUTTERED GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE
CINNAMON APPLES
FRESH CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH
BAKERY FRESH PUMPKIN PIE




PICK-UP COLD ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25
WITH REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS
$99.99


PICK UP HOT, READY TO EAT THANKSGIVING DAY
$119.99


ALA CARTE OPTIONS


APPLEWOOD SMOKED WHOLE TURKEY (12 POUND AVERAGE)
$39.99
REAL TURKEY GRAVY
$9.99 QUART
ROASTED GARLIC REDSKINS
$19.99
CORNBREAD STUFFING
$19.99
BRAISED MICHIGAN CABBAGE W/ BACON AND ONIONS
$19.99
BUTTERED GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE
$19.99
CINNAMON APPLES
$9.99 QUART
FRESH CRANBERRY-ORANGE RELISH
$9.99 QUART
BAKERY FRESH PUMPKIN PIE
$9

Divemaster
11-02-2009, 11:26 AM
I charge $3 per pound plus the cost of the turkey... Usually comes out to about $75 each (average 16 - 18 Pounds)...

$75 for a smoked turkey? Do you get a lot of buyers at that price?

Remember I'm a small operation so I only do 5 to 10 each year, but I do sell out...

lazybonesmoke1
11-02-2009, 12:31 PM
Everything is in disposable half pans and ready to be be warmed up in the oven. Turkey's are good money. I buy them for about $12 and sell them for $39.99 The only downside is their size in my smoker.

Divemaster
11-02-2009, 12:51 PM
Everything is in disposable half pans and ready to be be warmed up in the oven. Turkey's are good money. I buy them for about $12 and sell them for $39.99 The only downside is their size in my smoker.
That's the biggest problem I've got....

Ford
11-02-2009, 01:27 PM
That's the biggest problem I've got....
No, that's just a small problem with your smoker. You have much bigger problems. :biggrin::icon_devil

Can't believe you set your self up that good.

Rookie'48
11-02-2009, 08:58 PM
That's the biggest problem I've got....

No, that's just a small problem with your smoker. You have much bigger problems. :biggrin::icon_devil

Can't believe you set your self up that good.

Ouch :eek:!

Divemaster
11-03-2009, 08:39 AM
That's the biggest problem I've got....

No, that's just a small problem with your smoker. You have much bigger problems. :biggrin::icon_devil

Can't believe you set your self up that good.

Ouch :eek:!
You know, I really try to leave the easy ones for the amatures....

big brother smoke
11-03-2009, 09:52 AM
Size matters!:biggrin:

JD McGee
11-03-2009, 01:45 PM
I've had several request for smoked turkey boobs here at work...Swamprb and I are thinkin' about fire'n up the Bandera and doin' a dozen or so...:-P

BTW...how many boobs can you fit in a Bandera? :lol: