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roksmith
02-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Anybody been noticing a drop in brisket supplies? We've been trying to get in a case of prime briskets and almost 2 months now and our supplier says the supply lines are tight.
We've always been able to get them in with a couple of weeks in the past.

pigmaker23
02-06-2012, 04:01 PM
Be prepared to see a shortage of whole packers over 14 pounds, and Prime Briskets, they will be going to commerical accounts with higher end margin then places such as RD and Sams Club. Also be prepared to see the price of brisket rise by 30-35% this spring. Beef feed lot inventory is at its lowest since 1964 and the cattle are being killed at 1000-1100 pounds versus 1300 and up to reduce feed costs which results in smaller brisket cuts.

glenntm
02-06-2012, 04:35 PM
Our butcher here in Mesa, AZ brings in 5 cases of prime briskets at a time. Some are on the thin side, but usually running in the 14-16lb range...

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-06-2012, 04:51 PM
Choice whole packers around here have already hit $3lb at my local supermarket. I'm scared to think what primes would cost.

HawgNationBBQ
02-06-2012, 04:52 PM
Good article of beef prices and supplies.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-01-29/beef-prices/52874812/1

Stoke&Smoke
02-06-2012, 05:04 PM
Good article of beef prices and supplies.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-01-29/beef-prices/52874812/1

Thanks for posting that. I was wondering why I'm seeing spikes in brisket prices lately. Pork still seems about the same as last year though, in the 1.80-1.90 per lb for butts, at least in this area

Between gas spikes and brisket spikes, might not be doing much competing, or much brisket this year!:mad:

Smokin' Hicks
02-06-2012, 05:31 PM
been ordering food for about 20+ years and this week prime briskets dropped to $1.90 a pound with plentiful supply, no problems here

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-06-2012, 05:35 PM
been ordering food for about 20+ years and this week prime briskets dropped to $1.90 a pound with plentiful supply, no problems here

Feel free to share your supplier it's worth a drive to get them that cheap. :)

This Is How We Que It
02-06-2012, 06:47 PM
Never buy briskets at price chopper, Hy-vee, etc. They are always 3plus dollars, crazy. The prices will drop and supplies will become more plentiful in spring.

ClayHill
02-06-2012, 07:50 PM
Never buy briskets at price chopper, Hy-vee, etc. They are always 3plus dollars, crazy. The prices will drop and supplies will become more plentiful in spring.

what makes you think supply will increase in the spring?

INmitch
02-06-2012, 10:16 PM
Never buy briskets at price chopper, Hy-vee, etc. They are always 3plus dollars, crazy. The prices will drop and supplies will become more plentiful in spring.

See above quote. The price of comps are going up. Animal #'s are down big time.Texas draught ......I'm in the animal feed biz n I'm seeing the effects in my area.

Smokin' Hicks
02-06-2012, 10:22 PM
my supplier is a whole sale supplier....i work for a large private club in the midwest that has large amount of purchasing power but this supplier does not sell to the general public and if they do the price will not be what i get....our operation does 2.9 million dollars in business a year with this company so i get the benefit of the price break with the volume of food we order from them....the supplier is PFG middendorf in st louis...you may be able to purchase from them but like i said the price will definitly not be $1.90 a pound....but i know they do have a good supply and i have not been told of any potential shortages on them

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
02-06-2012, 10:43 PM
See above quote. The price of comps are going up. Animal #'s are down big time.Texas draught ......I'm in the animal feed biz n I'm seeing the effects in my area.

People forget about the draught last year that caused the sell off. Now the number of head is low and prices are up. Its hard for the general public to grasp the concept of the draught that happened so many months ago affecting beef prices today.

thenewguy
02-06-2012, 10:44 PM
So if you can get the good ol boy discount and want to tell us all about it like its common knowledge does this mean you'll let us buy on your name? Buddy....?

RangerJ
02-06-2012, 11:52 PM
People forget about the draught last year that caused the sell off. Now the number of head is low and prices are up. Its hard for the general public to grasp the concept of the draught that happened so many months ago affecting beef prices today.

^^^^^ - this.

The drought that still continues is a major issue and has put many ranchers out of business.

roksmith
02-07-2012, 05:37 AM
been ordering food for about 20+ years and this week prime briskets dropped to $1.90 a pound with plentiful supply, no problems here


This is what is so frustrating. Ordering from a major food distributor, I'm told they just are not available. yet in other parts of the country they appear to be plentiful. They appear to exist, but not for me in Ohio. At this point, if I could get a hold of them, I'd go ahead and get 2 or 3 cases and buy an extra freezer to hold them.
I guess it was a bad sign last year when we would order Choice and they would send Primes instead..making for the limited supply now?

This Is How We Que It
02-07-2012, 03:14 PM
See above quote. The price of comps are going up. Animal #'s are down big time.Texas draught ......I'm in the animal feed biz n I'm seeing the effects in my area.

I guess I just have a kick @$$ butcher.

boogiesnap
02-07-2012, 06:08 PM
i haven't seen any shortage per say up here at RD, but they ARE for SURE smaller.

used to be 14-16# average, now it's kinda rare to see anything over 13.

price has been steady...ish.

boogiesnap
02-07-2012, 06:14 PM
fark, you're talking prime...RD doesn't carry those up here.

BC Squared
02-08-2012, 12:40 PM
Good thing I have some CABs in my freezer!

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
02-09-2012, 09:31 AM
it seems prime just isnt getting graded prime as much as it used to due to cost. I just got lucky and found some primes after looking for a year. most shops dont even want to bother calling around to see if they are available..

roksmith
02-09-2012, 09:57 AM
Why would cost be an issue? I would think as long as there is a demand for them, a producer would love to have a prime stamp on the beef.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
02-09-2012, 10:14 AM
Why would cost be an issue? I would think as long as there is a demand for them, a producer would love to have a prime stamp on the beef.

doesnt money drive everything? CreekStone will ship you one, to my house a 13lber is $80.00 .

roksmith
02-09-2012, 10:27 AM
Not a horrible price, but GFS was $3.25 last fall. And I can get the "wagyu" from Sams for that same price. May not be as nice as what SRF sells, but we cooked one last year and it was better than the primes we had cooked all year.

luckyduk
02-09-2012, 12:35 PM
doesnt money drive everything? CreekStone will ship you one, to my house a 13lber is $80.00 .

Or you can buy a case of 'em at $3 ish a pound

roksmith
02-09-2012, 12:41 PM
Yea.. That's what I'm used to and still looking for again....
I may have a lead on a couple cases to get me thru the season.

Podge
02-09-2012, 01:01 PM
doesnt money drive everything? CreekStone will ship you one, to my house a 13lber is $80.00 .

yup.. it used to be $60, then quickly rose to $70, and here lately, $80.. but it's not a bad brisket. Especially if you can't find one close to home !

ique
02-09-2012, 01:06 PM
yup.. it used to be $60, then quickly rose to $70, and here lately, $80.. but it's not a bad brisket. Especially if you can't find one close to home !


I just tried out creekstone and it was good. I just wish they were a bit bigger - the one I cooked was 14lbs and just a bit thin

roksmith
02-09-2012, 01:39 PM
That's what I dislike about ordering single briskets like that. You're stuck with it. With a case, at least I get to pick thru and find a good one.

Coz
02-09-2012, 04:38 PM
Or you can buy a case of 'em at $3 ish a pound

Creekstone Prime for 3 ish a pound ? I would drive a ways for that .Care to share the source?

Brew-B-Q
02-09-2012, 05:19 PM
I haven't cooked either a prime or wagyu. Just choice from restaurant depot. I tasted wagyu at a competition and it was pretty darn good. Is prime a lot better than choice, or should you just take the plunge and go wagyu if you're going to cook premium grade brisket.

luckyduk
02-09-2012, 05:36 PM
Creekstone Prime for 3 ish a pound ? I would drive a ways for that .Care to share the source?

Just a local grocery guy......

Scottie
02-09-2012, 06:49 PM
I love beating wagyu briskets with my $22 briskets. Sucks cooking wagyu and not winning your money back. A lot of folks think wagyu is magical. If you can't cook a CAB correctly, I sure wouldn't be buying wagyu. I need to place an order with the packer. 2 weeks ago it was $1.90 for CAB or prime. Was hoping it would drop before I buy 7 cases.

Coz
02-09-2012, 09:11 PM
I miss having prime. Last year I was buying choice because it was better then the CAB that I did see.