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Lance Miller
03-26-2012, 06:10 PM
Anyone have a lead on one? T&H in San Marcos is the best I can find, but too far away. We need to buy all the meats for an upcoming competiton and time is running out. Thanks.

Craig Pippin
03-26-2012, 07:13 PM
T&H will send it with one of their other customers.
I have done this for other teams. Sorry not in this one.

Lance Miller
03-27-2012, 12:38 AM
Thanks, but I'm way too much of a control freak to leave that little detail up to another team. I'm willing to venture to LA or OC...someone has to have a good place around here. Did you see the pplace in Chicago!

JerryA
03-27-2012, 08:45 AM
Lance, I'm in the same boat as you! I haven't found a reliable place. Restaurant Depot in Anaheim is where I usually find my briskets and butts. I end up running around everywhere for ribs.
Have you checked out Hottinger Family Meats in Chino?

jketron
03-27-2012, 09:15 AM
Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad is awesome, old school butcher.

Craig Pippin
03-27-2012, 09:36 AM
You are less than an hour from T&H and won't have the traffic of OC or LA. Absolutley the best meats anywhere. Call Roberto and tell him what you want. If you want top notch meats that have won many, many comps, this is the place.

Lance Miller
03-27-2012, 10:33 AM
Jerry, tried Hottigers in Chino. I talked to the owner and he said he has a "strict rule" that you take what ever is on top of the case. Needless to say, he was not very open to anything.

I know T&H is good, but it's not feasible.

I find it hard to believe there is not a great butcher in the OC. Plenty of $$$ there for it to thrive.

Jerry, if I find a place I will let you know.

big matt
03-27-2012, 10:41 AM
Jerry, tried Hottigers in Chino. I talked to the owner and he said he has a "strict rule" that you take what ever is on top of the case. Needless to say, he was not very open to anything.

I know T&H is good, but it's not feasible.

I find it hard to believe there is not a great butcher in the OC. Plenty of $$$ there for it to thrive.

Jerry, if I find a place I will let you know.

Lance your best bet is going to be RD there is one in Colton..can I ask why T&H isn't feasible?..if you want top notch quality meat your going to pay for it no way around it unless you have a meat sponsor..what breeds and cuts are you looking for?

meatinc
03-27-2012, 10:55 AM
If you want, I can pick up your meat for you at T & H on the way to Wildomar - for a small fee :twisted:

Otherwise your best bet is RD or - gasp - Smart & Final! RD has CAB Brisket - you'll only get choice at S & F. But the Farmer John Butt and ribs at S & F are close to the same quality you'll find anywhere else.

Let the nay-sayers begin the flaming of Aaron!

rooftop bbq
03-27-2012, 11:19 AM
Make the drive to t&h can't go wrong there. We drive about 50 min to get there but trust me it's worth it. Plus it actually saves time because you don't have to go to different stores hunting done the best meat. Call Roberto and place your order and he'll have it all ready when you come in

rooftop bbq
03-27-2012, 11:22 AM
Plus it's what all the cool kids are doing

cbudka
03-27-2012, 11:46 AM
Tender Cuts out of Ridgecrest CA is really good.

JerryA
03-27-2012, 12:13 PM
I would love to get meat from T&H, but since I work in Garden Grove and them closing at 5 makes it an impossibility unless I was to take a day off just for that purpose. I don't like the idea of someone else picking it up since they would surely keep the better of the picked up items for themselves (why wouldn't they).

Craig Pippin
03-27-2012, 01:16 PM
Jerry,
I have picked up meat from T&H and delivered for 3 other team at 3 different contests. They are packaged in a cool container and no one goes thru and picks them except Roberto. Just tell him what you want. They have big butts with good money muscle, meaty ribs (either spares or they will cut to St. Louis) and packer and Waygu Briskets.
By the way, every time I have picked up meat for someone, they have had at least a top 3 finish in one of the catagories.

JerryA
03-27-2012, 02:17 PM
Interesting. I'm going to have to try them in the future for sure.

ThomEmery
03-27-2012, 05:23 PM
I had a manager at my local Staters Bros who really cared about getting good product
Yea he was transfered :(
T and H s Roberto is really a good guy

Lance Miller
03-27-2012, 06:39 PM
Thanks for all the input. Here are the facts. I know T&H is the best bet, BUT I'm a novice in the BBQ game and don't know who would pick it up for me (I would not trust Aaron with my weed whacker, let alone my meat).

In the future, after I bribe/meet more people who get theirs from there that will be the plan.

I found 2 places in OC. One in Brea and one in Fullerton. Both are old school butchers.
I'm waiting to hear from one, but got this from another.

What are your thoughts on these prices?

Wagyu Brisket- 10.99/lb

CAB Brisket- 7.99/lb

Unfortunately I cannot get a prime brisket at this time

Pork Spare Ribs- 7.49/lb

Free Range Chicken Thighs- 6.49/lb

I also cannot get a bone in pork but.. I CAN get boneless.. which is 6.99/lb

rooftop bbq
03-27-2012, 07:03 PM
i can tell you one thing you'll save some enough money going to T&h then you'll spend in gas. those prices seem pretty high

JerryA
03-28-2012, 12:12 PM
Lance, I hope that's in pesos and not dollars. That's insane!

BTW, I called Roberto at T&H and will be picking up from there soon for Wildomar. He said that it will improve my placings at comps, watch out everyone!

meatinc
03-28-2012, 12:19 PM
Lance - I've used many a weed whacker and I can tell you - I'm good at it! I'll leave out how many meats I've used. :wink: BUT - I think there's a compliment in there somewhere.

The prices you show are really really really high.... or the guy quoting you is.

If Berto picks and packs up your meat (in a non-submarine way) - I'd be happy to deliver for you.

fireman_pete
03-28-2012, 03:14 PM
Just ordered my meat for Wildomar from T&H, that is where I get all my comp meats from! Best around!

landarc
03-28-2012, 03:23 PM
Heck, Craig sounds like he has a good track record, I would have him pick me up meats if it meant top 3 calls.

Lance Miller
03-28-2012, 06:00 PM
OK, just got back from RD. Choice packers only - but they were the fattest packers I have ever seen. Ribs looked decent, bone in butts looked great.

Questions for Mr Black or Allen or any other T&H faithful:

1. What does a competition kit (for lack of a better term) cost you from T&H?

2. Do I have to know the secret handshake to get this deal and speak-a-spanglish? (I do by the way)

3. What's is in the standard kit?

4. Do you get your PC meats there too or just get Costco/Sams stuff for PC.

***Aaron, I owe you a beer or 3 for the laughs from the Meat Me vid (I have been saying **** tons for last 2 weeks) and your gracious offer to pick up my meat...umm bring up our meat -you know I mean.

Lastly, I have a few MRE's from Korea that I have saved for this event. BBQ ham steak aged 20 years is on me for all your all help.

fireman_pete
03-28-2012, 06:54 PM
I am sure that no two teams order the same thing. Just call T&H, talk with Roberto and tell him what you want.

here is my standard order.
2 prime briskets
4 bone-in pork butts
4-6 racks of spare ribs

I get my chicken at Sams because I prefer tyson thighs.

Call Roberto, he will recommend what you need.

Pete


OK, just got back from RD. Choice packers only - but they were the fattest packers I have ever seen. Ribs looked decent, bone in butts looked great.

Questions for Mr Black or Allen or any other T&H faithful:

1. What does a competition kit (for lack of a better term) cost you from T&H?

2. Do I have to know the secret handshake to get this deal and speak-a-spanglish? (I do by the way)

3. What's is in the standard kit?

4. Do you get your PC meats there too or just get Costco/Sams stuff for PC.

***Aaron, I owe you a beer or 3 for the laughs from the Meat Me vid (I have been saying **** tons for last 2 weeks) and your gracious offer to pick up my meat...umm bring up our meat -you know I mean.

Lastly, I have a few MRE's from Korea that I have saved for this event. BBQ ham steak aged 20 years is on me for all your all help.

meatinc
03-29-2012, 11:17 AM
My typical order is similar to Pete's but a little lower budget:

2 hand picked bone in Butts
4 hand picked racks of Spares
1 hand picked brisket packer - up to 60 days in advance so Berto can store it / age it for me in his refer
10lbs of chicken - trimmed up special for me by Berto so it has lots of extra skin.

Seems like it is usually around $120.00 but I add extra choice briskets and butt for PC if the pricing is on target - and it usually is. If there's an insane deal - like $.99 shoulders at Staters right now through next Tuesday, I'll pick that up for PC.

fireman_pete
03-29-2012, 11:30 AM
Now the secret is out on your special chicken trimming and aged briskets :-)

My typical order is similar to Pete's but a little lower budget:

2 hand picked bone in Butts
4 hand picked racks of Spares
1 hand picked brisket packer - up to 60 days in advance so Berto can store it / age it for me in his refer
10lbs of chicken - trimmed up special for me by Berto so it has lots of extra skin.

Seems like it is usually around $120.00 but I add extra choice briskets and butt for PC if the pricing is on target - and it usually is. If there's an insane deal - like $.99 shoulders at Staters right now through next Tuesday, I'll pick that up for PC.

meatinc
03-29-2012, 11:39 AM
Like I always say Pete - you can have all my recipes - it's all about the execution. Now if I could only duplicate those few times I actually executed I'd be someone! :icon_blush:

JerryA
03-29-2012, 12:20 PM
I asked for 2 briskets, 2 butts, 4 racks of spares, and some beef ribs.
While I'm there I may put in my order for May comps.

Roberto will not hold me to any of this, if I end up not buying all of that he's OK with it. He just wants to know what we may buy so that he has enough for us to choose from.

fireman_pete
03-29-2012, 05:38 PM
Yep, exectution is everything, and I too have a hard time doing that sometimes :-o

Like I always say Pete - you can have all my recipes - it's all about the execution. Now if I could only duplicate those few times I actually executed I'd be someone! :icon_blush:

big brother smoke
03-29-2012, 07:21 PM
Damn shame, I have to get my meat almost 200 miles away from Ventura proper for comps. T & H meats is awesome.