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Metalbender
02-20-2010, 02:53 PM
What grade brisket are you using for local comps???? Prime, Choice, Select.....?

WineMaster
02-20-2010, 03:49 PM
Never select.

NotleyQue
02-20-2010, 03:53 PM
Wagyu

U2CANQUE
02-20-2010, 04:07 PM
Wagyu
Hmmm, and what would that brand be?......joking......:biggrin:

bbq lover
02-20-2010, 04:33 PM
kobe/waygu

Metalbender
02-20-2010, 11:15 PM
Wow you guys are cooking super high dollar briskets for local comps....
What are you paying for kobe/waygu briskets???

chopshop
02-21-2010, 12:52 AM
corned beef

Jeff_in_KC
02-21-2010, 01:20 AM
Been using primes but thinking (or wishing?) of moving a step up. I got a quote of $4 per pound for Waygu. Guess I could drop back and only cook one instead of two and just make it a top of the line piece o' meat. A 16 pounder would cost as much as two choices and maybe two smaller primes.

swamprb
02-21-2010, 02:38 AM
What is your budget?

If you are in Tacoma, maybe you should look up Kapowsin Meats and see what they have to offer. Didn't you take an Apple Creek Timber Inc. class? I've heard nothing but good things about Kapowsin Meats, but you may have to buy case lots to get a deal.
Cash&Carry sometimes has Choice, but mostly they carry Select. I don't shop at Sam's, but hear they carry Choice. Costco has Choice flats and a lot of people do well with them. Restaurant Depot has CAB Choice also. I used to get Wal-Mart Select packers when I first started competing and got a 2nd Place with one.

Wagyu runs @ $4.99 lb retail but case price can knock them down to @ $2.99 lb
Got deep pockets?

Gerrit_Boys
02-21-2010, 06:49 AM
[QUOTE=swamprb;1189845]What is your budget?

I used to get Wal-Mart Select packers when I first started competing and got a 2nd Place with one.

--This is how I roll, $1.87 per pound, but I don't fo to win.:icon_shy

early mornin' smokin'
02-21-2010, 07:54 AM
restaurant depot choice. They have CAB, but the flats are always super skinny, even on a 16-18lber

Scottie
02-21-2010, 08:17 AM
Everyone says Wagyu from the Pitmasters show. But they are not magic. They don't just win because you spent all that money on them. They also taste different.

But ultimately, if you can't cook a brisket, you should not buy a Wagyu. Concentrate on how to properly cook a brisket. If you can't score with a choice, you won't score with a Wagyu.

As for me, I'll stick with my CAB's and still do all right. And still have more money in my pocket for not wasting it on a Wagyu.

Oh, I also have a good deal on some muffin pans that don't do a damn thing for chicken either. If you don't believe it... Go look at the results.

Metalbender
02-21-2010, 08:22 AM
What is your budget?

If you are in Tacoma, maybe you should look up Kapowsin Meats and see what they have to offer. Didn't you take an Apple Creek Timber Inc. class? I've heard nothing but good things about Kapowsin Meats, but you may have to buy case lots to get a deal.
Cash&Carry sometimes has Choice, but mostly they carry Select. I don't shop at Sam's, but hear they carry Choice. Costco has Choice flats and a lot of people do well with them. Restaurant Depot has CAB Choice also. I used to get Wal-Mart Select packers when I first started competing and got a 2nd Place with one.

Wagyu runs @ $4.99 lb retail but case price can knock them down to @ $2.99 lb
Got deep pockets?


I was just curious what most guys were buying for local comps when no real money for prizes is involved, I have never even seen a prime or wagyu brisket for sale

getyourrubonbbq
02-21-2010, 08:22 AM
I would have to agree with Scottie.

Smoke'n Ice
02-21-2010, 08:34 AM
Sams will sometimes get in prime flats and mark them as choice. Look at the packer band and if it is purple, its prime and will also state. Get to know the guys in the meat department and they will give you a heads up. All of the full briskets at Sams are choice or better.

Restaurant Depot carries CAB choice and there are usually enough out to sort through to find good flat sections. If not, ask if they have more in the back. Took an 8th with one at Great Bend and that was some tough competition.

CajunSmoker
02-21-2010, 08:39 AM
Sams will sometimes get in prime flats and mark them as choice. Look at the packer band and if it is purple, its prime and will also state. Get to know the guys in the meat department and they will give you a heads up. All of the full briskets at Sams are choice or better. That depends on the distribution center for each Sam's. Our Sam's only carries choice flats. All the packers are select.

Restaurant Depot carries CAB choice and there are usually enough out to sort through to find good flat sections. If not, ask if they have more in the back. Took an 8th with one at Great Bend and that was some tough competition.


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Lake Dogs
02-21-2010, 08:39 AM
See what a good healthy dose of grits 'll do for a man.

I also agree with Scottie.

Metalbender
02-21-2010, 08:40 AM
Everyone says Wagyu from the Pitmasters show. But they are not magic. They don't just win because you spent all that money on them. They also taste different.

But ultimately, if you can't cook a brisket, you should not buy a Wagyu. Concentrate on how to properly cook a brisket. If you can't score with a choice, you won't score with a Wagyu.

As for me, I'll stick with my CAB's and still do all right. And still have more money in my pocket for not wasting it on a Wagyu.

Oh, I also have a good deal on some muffin pans that don't do a damn thing for chicken either. If you don't believe it... Go look at the results.


i agree totally. i thought choice at my local meat shop was splurging at 3.49 a pound

River City Smokehouse
02-21-2010, 09:52 AM
Don't think that Select grade doesn't have the ability to be a winner. I have had calls with Select grade meat. I have a 1st place at the Missouri State Fair with a Select grade brisket. It was one of the best briskets I have ever cooked.
I agree with Scottie. You can get the best quality piece of meat and still make it a bad one. Learning how to cook a brisket is where the pay-off is.

dreed
02-21-2010, 10:33 AM
We get called with RD, CAB. . Until you have established a consistent method of cooking a brisket and are happy with the re$ult$, I wouldn't waste money Wagyu
Scottie summed it up nicely

bam
02-21-2010, 11:04 AM
I say get the wagyu and when you don't do well you know it's you.:-P

CivilWarBBQ
02-21-2010, 11:20 AM
We always cook the best meat Buckhead Beef has to offer. Often that means Wagyu, but sometimes it's CAB.

JD McGee
02-21-2010, 11:41 AM
12-14 lb choice packers...two first place briskies in 09...:cool:

QueTPiesBBQ
02-21-2010, 11:55 AM
Everyone says Wagyu from the Pitmasters show. But they are not magic. They don't just win because you spent all that money on them. They also taste different.

But ultimately, if you can't cook a brisket, you should not buy a Wagyu. Concentrate on how to properly cook a brisket. If you can't score with a choice, you won't score with a Wagyu.

As for me, I'll stick with my CAB's and still do all right. And still have more money in my pocket for not wasting it on a Wagyu.

Oh, I also have a good deal on some muffin pans that don't do a damn thing for chicken either. If you don't believe it... Go look at the results.


Amen to that one. We cook CAB's and have had no problem getting results out of them in competition.

Chris

Jacked UP BBQ
02-21-2010, 12:32 PM
12 hours on a cooker, it makes no difference, Took two first places this year with USDA Select Seaside Heights, NJ and Belair MD, did it to prove to myself that a perfectly cooked piece of meat wins. Select Brisket is fine if you can cook brisket. Normally I cook IBP Choice, because that is what I vend and get very good prices. Took second to Myrons Waygu in Dover De by a coin toss. Waygu is a complete waste of money. Brisket is out best category and we use the worst grades of meat for it.

Metalbender
02-21-2010, 01:48 PM
I like to hear that.........I like to keep the dollar value down

Butcher BBQ
02-21-2010, 02:21 PM
I do alot of brisket cooking and done good last year, we cook Choice.
Scottie said about as well as it could have been said. If you can't cook a brisket then the grade doesn't matter. Take fried eggs if you can't cook a great soft egg changing brands won't help.

Divemaster
02-22-2010, 09:30 AM
Always either Choice or Prime (usually choice)...

musicmanryann
02-22-2010, 10:01 AM
I do alot of brisket cooking and done good last year, we cook Choice.
Scottie said about as well as it could have been said. If you can't cook a brisket then the grade doesn't matter. Take fried eggs if you can't cook a great soft egg changing brands won't help.

What if you injected the egg with Butcher's prior to cooking? I'm guessing that would be a pretty darn good egg regardless of how it was cooked.:wink:

Butcher BBQ
02-22-2010, 12:11 PM
What if you injected the egg with Butcher's prior to cooking? I'm guessing that would be a pretty darn good egg regardless of how it was cooked.:wink:

Your working on a full time sponsorship if you keep talking like that.:-D