Smoking brisket for first paid job

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by hogfan40, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    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.

  2. I charge $1.75 per lb. Fifty cents a lb. extra for slicing.
  3. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I charge $11.25 per pound for doing whole muscle cuts. I charge $16.25 per pound to make their stuff into sausage.
  4. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    Is that $11.25 per pound if they bring there meat or if you have to buy it?
  5. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They bring it, I spice it, smoke it, slice it and vacuum pack it in what ever size they want it packed.
  6. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    Do you provide the rub, injection or anything else for that price? Or is it suppose to be $11.75 per pound?
  7. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    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.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.
  9. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.
  10. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now there is a man who sees it from the correct point of view....... I with you brother..
  11. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    I'm with you also on that, Fishing & hunting rank up there at #1
  12. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with bbally. You have to figure your time, cost of the training to get to this point, etc
  13. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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
  14. 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.
  15. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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.
  16. hogfan40

    hogfan40 Meat Mopper

    Great response's thanks for the help.

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