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I have a customer who wants to BBQ a side of beef in a pig cooker.. He was asking me about size of a calf that would feed about 50 people. I told him I have no idea, but would try to find out. Anyone know?
 

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To feed 50 people would be a calf . At even 1 lb per person thats only 50 lb of beef would probably be more cost effective to do a quarter of an larger animal
 

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never tried it but i dont think bbq such a small animal would come out that good. they dont have the fat content. I would go to the butcher and talk to him. he could probably get you something that would bbq good. if money isnt an object get some prime ribs
 

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His best bet would be to get "clods", or beef shoulders. Ideal for slow smoking.
Or, switch to another red meat and do lamb or cabrito (goat).
 

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My first choice would be Brisket, if he has his heart set on a side it would be veal not beef and a young veal calf (200-250# on the hoof) at that. not something I would BBQ.
 
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