just have to find the cash for a grinder and smoker. that shouldnt be to hard.
i can pay for them with the savings.
if you are patient, you can do both pretty cheaply.
I got my grinder from a guy on Craigslist. If it was used at all, it wasn't much and was cleaned properly. While I got a #8 1/2hp and would ideally prefer something bigger, I got that grinder for about 1/2 of shelf price at most stores, so I took the hit on the sizing and pocketed the difference. Honestly, the only issue with it being a #8 is that I have to chunk the meat a bit smaller when I bone it out. Not a huge issue. I'd love a really big grinder some day, but for now, saving about $200 was better.
I got my smoker on sale at Cabela's and had some gift cards, so I came out of that one with almost no money out of pocket. Even better.
I am a slow-poke for speed on butchering I guess, but I found that when I try to go faster, I cut myself. I just work slower and I'm fine.
When I'm butchering, I'm often at a point where I want it done and over with, but then throughout the year, we (myself included) enjoy knowing that meat we're eating was wholly handled by me and no one else. I send nothing anywhere for anything. I smoke, grind, etc everything myself.
If someone killed one a year and didn't like to butcher, a processor makes a lot more sense.
We are usually at 3-5 per year, so it doesn't take long for equipment to pay itself off.