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Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:28 pm
by Bigfoot
Where having a little function at the Cowboy Church in April. We've got a 500-550 pound grass fed Jersey steer. We'd like to cook the whole thing. I have cooked a whole hog before. I used to have a mobil pit, that cooked with indirect heat. Using that, big pieces of meat weren't a problem. I loaned it to gentlemen, and he moved and took it with him.

Two schools of thought:
1. Break the carcass down, and cook it on electric smokers (my preference)

2. Cook rotisserie style, over a bed of coals. (I'll have to build this)

What idea you got?

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:18 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
Pizza

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:52 pm
by M-5
Will it be aged?? If not that's a good way to solve the problem with cook outs. No one will come back again.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:58 pm
by slick4591
My first thought. Of course I've never done a whole one.


Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:56 pm
by Jogeephus
slick4591 wrote:My first thought. Of course I've never done a whole one.



I vote for that.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:03 pm
by Bigfoot
M-5 wrote:Will it be aged?? If not that's a good way to solve the problem with cook outs. No one will come back again.


If we slaughter it, there won't be any aging. I'd get it slaughtered at a slaughter house, just to age it. All plans aren't made yet though.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:06 pm
by Bigfoot
slick4591 wrote:My first thought. Of course I've never done a whole one.



I saw either a sheep, or a goat cooked that way once. I wasn't in on the cooking though, it was in a campground I was visiting. I do remember it was between two pieces of chain link fence. They didn't have a sheet of tin behind it reflecting heat, they spun it every now and then.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:51 am
by HDRider
My fear would be it takes six times to get one done right. Sounds like this will be a one & done.

I sure want to hear how it goes. I have tried to find examples of cooking a whole beef like you see in the old cowboy movies. I came to the conclusion it is a myth.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:08 am
by Bigfoot
HDRider wrote:My fear would be it takes six times to get one done right. Sounds like this will be a one & done.

I sure want to hear how it goes. I have tried to find examples of cooking a whole beef like you see in the old cowboy movies. I came to the conclusion it is a myth.


That old western image is what people want to achieve. I think it'll be hard to do, and require a lot of shoveling coals. I'm all for breaking the carcass down, and putting it in several different electric smokers. Should be fool proof, and if one were to fail, it would ruin the meal. The other way is one, and done.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:00 am
by HDRider
This is what I'd do.. You can cook to the degree you want, break it down and get that cowboy feel..

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Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:40 am
by Bigfoot
HDRider wrote:This is what I'd do.. You can cook to the degree you want, break it down and get that cowboy feel..

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good suggestion.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:46 am
by Bigfoot
Leaning seems to be a part of that type of cooking. I guess it's the only way to cook evenly.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:49 am
by skyhightree1
M-5 wrote:Will it be aged?? If not that's a good way to solve the problem with cook outs. No one will come back again.


I gotta agree with this.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:55 am
by Bigfoot
skyhightree1 wrote:
M-5 wrote:Will it be aged?? If not that's a good way to solve the problem with cook outs. No one will come back again.


I gotta agree with this.


Dry aged would be better.

Re: Cooking a whole steer?????

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:08 pm
by skyhightree1
I seen on youtube where they aged a piece cant remember the piece but for 45 days I bet that thing was good.