Carcass yield for BBB

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by LeadHead, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. LeadHead

    LeadHead Out Of The Brooder

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    We have raised our first turkeys this year, a couple of BBB toms. My question is what is the percentage for carcass weight that we should expect? When I weighed the boys just over a week ago they were 54 and 57 lbs. I know they will be the hugest ones we've ever roasted, but am not sure how much loss to expect after they're butchered.
    Also, any tips on cooking time and temperature for such an enormous bird?
     
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    expect to lose about 10lbs on that size bird, maybe 15lbs what with the feet, head, guts and feathers. Its gonna take a big oven. [​IMG]
     
  3. LeadHead

    LeadHead Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Jason. We're thinking of roasting it in a pit like you would cook a hog. Another option we're considering is to make a smoker out of a 55 gallon barrel. Looking for helpful suggestions at this time.
     
  4. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poultry usually dress out at 70-80%.

    cooking... the same as you would any other turkey.. only in a larger pan.
     

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