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Sledneck
08-19-2010, 09:57 AM
Has anybody cooked the rr brisket at a contest yet? If so, any thoughts?

Scottie
08-19-2010, 10:09 AM
I've done 2 Rancher Reserve contests this year...

SmokeInDaEye
08-19-2010, 10:31 AM
Bring lots of A1, Sled.

billm
08-19-2010, 12:00 PM
I wasnt impressed with the one I cooked

big matt
08-19-2010, 12:52 PM
the one we got in vista was not bad..pretty good marbling and a nice fat cap

SmokeInDaEye
08-19-2010, 01:00 PM
Do you have to cook it to be eligible for the extra prize money, Scottie and Matt?

Scottie
08-19-2010, 01:24 PM
Yes... but they also have no way of knowing if anyone cooked it. They are not tagged and they do not have brisket police..

ThomEmery
08-19-2010, 01:33 PM
the one we got in vista was not bad..pretty good marbling and a nice fat cap

That was my experience at Vista and Stagecoach
Much better than expected.... They were nice Choice Quality Briskets

ThomEmery
08-19-2010, 01:37 PM
Yes... but they also have no way of knowing if anyone cooked it. They are not tagged and they do not have brisket police..

Yes It would take a lot of energy to enforce
:) Honor System would be nice But yea you know the answer there :)
Unlike the Kingsford Series the tour makes sure your signed up to win the $$

SmokeInDaEye
08-19-2010, 01:42 PM
Ah, I just re-read the email and they suggest you use it but don't require it. Not that I'll finish top 3 anyway but nice to dream!


Dear New Holland Summer Fest Competitor,

This year Summer Fest and Rancher’s Reserve are teaming up to provide a brisket to each team and additional prize monies to the winners. Summer Fest is 1 of 10 competitions in the country that Rancher’s Reserve is teaming up with.

Rancher’s Reserve will provide one 15-pound (approximate weight) brisket to each team on Friday afternoon, August 27.

They are providing Summer Fest $1500 additional prize money to be distributed as follows –

Rancher’s Reserve Prize Summer Fest Prize Total Prize
1st place brisket $750 $600 $1350
2nd place brisket $500 $500 $1000
3rd place brisket $250 $400 $650

This makes for very lucrative prizes for the brisket category. There is no requirement to use their brisket and everyone is on the honor system.

They will have a trailer on site to provide information and samples.

This is a one-time offer from Rancher’s Reserve and Summer Fest.

If you have any questions, please email us at the above email address.

New Holland Summer Fest Committee

JD McGee
08-19-2010, 01:47 PM
Yup...actually took a first place trophy home with one...:thumb: The real pisser is that we cooked a Waygu as well and preferred the choice RR for our turn in...go figure...:becky:

Jacked UP BBQ
08-19-2010, 01:53 PM
I cook them a lot depending on what brand I get. They are good briskets. USDA choice kills a wagyu anyday! ;)

Shotgun smokers
08-19-2010, 01:57 PM
Do you have to cook it to be eligible for the extra prize money, Scottie and Matt?

The comp I'm doing next weekend has a bonus 700$ prize for RR brisket if you place first. So I'll be using it, plus it's a free 15# brisket.. Can't complain to much for free meat as well as extra prize money. (if I even place)


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Sledneck
08-19-2010, 02:38 PM
I've done 2 Rancher Reserve contests this year...

Thanks for sharing:
H

Scottie
08-19-2010, 02:54 PM
Thanks for sharing:
H


well... I won't tell you that I used HP Sauce instead of A-1, because they were out...

JD McGee
08-19-2010, 07:22 PM
We actaully have a RR sponsored comp this weekend right here in my home town...I'm sure a packer or two will be cooked here as well...:thumb:

Capn Kev
08-20-2010, 08:51 AM
I picked up two of them in Dillon, CO a couple o week's ago. They're not bad briskets. However, I still think the ones I get from Sam's are better.

Goin Que Que
08-20-2010, 06:01 PM
I used one in Vista and took 4th. It was an Excel brand Brisket.

John

Sledneck
08-28-2010, 09:19 PM
Ok whats the deal with this promotion? I received my brisket from RR this weekend at New Holland PA. It was an" Excel " brand select brisket that was at best 8-9 pounds. The advertised approx 15 pounds. I have seen excels at supermarkets before. Do they own the brand? Something seemed wrong and nobody seemed to have an answer.

JD McGee
08-28-2010, 09:42 PM
Hmmm...good question...I just took a look at the two packers in my freezer that RR gave us last weekend at the Duvall comp. Both are Excel brand selects...the same thing they gave us to cook last Saturday for the public sampling. I tell you one thing for sure...they cook up mighty tasty...:becky: Maybe fire off an e-mail to RR to kill your curosity...:cool:

White Dog BBQ
08-28-2010, 10:21 PM
I have to say, I was mighty disappointed in the RR brisket at New Holland. Like Sled's, mine was 8-9 lbs at best, and we were promised 15 lbs. It was an Excel select, just like you find at Wal-mart. Not sure what the big deal is.

That being said, I think it was cool of them to sponsor the event.

FamilyManBBQ
08-29-2010, 11:26 AM
Hmmm...good question...I just took a look at the two packers in my freezer that RR gave us last weekend at the Duvall comp. Both are Excel brand selects...the same thing they gave us to cook last Saturday for the public sampling. I tell you one thing for sure...they cook up mighty tasty...:becky: Maybe fire off an e-mail to RR to kill your curosity...:cool:

Cooked up our free RR briskie the other day. Was fit enough for family (that's really all that matters around her most days)...of course, I'm betting anything would taste good after injecting with Butcher's and being covered with Bovine Bold! :wink:

Dan - 3eyzbbq
08-29-2010, 11:37 AM
I've done RR 3 times now. I have never seen them provide a nice brisket. All have been small. Just my experience.

Slamdunkpro
08-29-2010, 11:50 AM
Here's the scoop - Rancher's Reserve is a brand designation exclusive to Safeway produced by Cargill Meat solutions, who also brands under a whole host of names (http://www.cargillmeatsolutions.com/brands/tk_cms_brands.htm), including Excel, which is their lowest cost institutional food service brand.

ThomEmery
08-29-2010, 03:16 PM
In the West we have seen nice Briskets
Too bad that is not everyones experience

Vince RnQ
08-29-2010, 07:09 PM
In the West we have seen nice Briskets
Too bad that is not everyones experience


I beg to differ. The briskets that were handed out at the Vista, CA event, after 7pm on Friday night I might add, were all small and far below the advertised 15 lb. and up level.

Pig Headed
08-29-2010, 07:11 PM
Not to sound ungrateful, but I too was disappointed with the Excel brisket I got in New Holland. They came around in a cart and I rooted through 4 boxes of briskets and finally picked what I thought was the best of what was available. I wouldn't have bought this brisket in a store. 8-10 lbs at best and thin flat. I cooked that one and a flat from BJ's. We turned in the BJ's brisket. But then we didn't do well with that either.:-P So maybe it didn't matter for us which one we turned in.

Vince RnQ
08-29-2010, 07:46 PM
I'm sure every team that has collected Rancher's Reserve money this year has turned in the Rancher's Reserve brisket they received at the event.

(Wink, wink, nudge, nudge...)

ThomEmery
08-29-2010, 07:46 PM
I beg to differ. The briskets that were handed out at the Vista, CA event, after 7pm on Friday night I might add, were all small and far below the advertised 15 lb. and up level.

Well suffice is to say they have not put their best foot forward on this nationally
My RR Brisket was fine at both Stagecoach and Vista
That clearly was not your experience at Vista

Vince RnQ
08-29-2010, 07:48 PM
Clearly. And clearly that experience has been widely shared.

ThomEmery
08-29-2010, 07:50 PM
Yes Indeed

Stoke&Smoke
08-30-2010, 12:23 PM
The one we got at Westmont was only about 9 lbs., had almost no point to speak of, and appeared to have been cut by a blind butcher! Huge gash halfway through the flat. Will stick to the ones I get from RD in the future

On the other hand, it was free. For that price, a great bargain I guess

Ryan Chester
08-30-2010, 04:41 PM
I cooked one in Vista this year that placed third. Money was nice but the brisket not so much. I would never pay for one.

HawgNationBBQ
08-30-2010, 04:44 PM
Hey, I say if it is free, give it to me.

Sledneck
08-30-2010, 04:48 PM
Well suffice is to say they have not put their best foot forward on this nationally
My RR Brisket was fine at both Stagecoach and Vista
That clearly was not your experience at Vista

what were the weights?

Big George's BBQ
08-30-2010, 07:50 PM
I was disappointed in the one we got at New Holland

ThomEmery
08-30-2010, 08:36 PM
what were the weights?

The Briskets had not been scaled
Case lots

Sledneck
08-30-2010, 11:41 PM
The Briskets had not been scaled
Case lots
play dumb with somebody else. We all have cooked enough to approx it. You certainly are qualified.

Scottie
08-30-2010, 11:53 PM
Well mine was a nice marbled 15# monster. I also had first choice ofvthe 10 cases... ahhh the benefits of home field advantage....

So everyone quit your beotching...

ThomEmery
08-31-2010, 07:58 AM
Well mine was a nice marbled 15# monster. I also had first choice ofvthe 10 cases... ahhh the benefits of home field advantage....

So everyone quit your beotching...


Scotties post would answer a lot of the threads questions

Stagecoach is my event My Son cooked a 15 ish Brisket I did not weigh it :)
Vista is my team mates event I cooked a 15 ish Brisket I did not weigh it ;)

In my first conversation with RR,
right after they came on line with the series
They had thoughts of supplying flats
I explained to them this was not the best idea
15 was a number pulled out of the air at that time

I hope everyone enjoyed their free brisket :)

Scottie
08-31-2010, 08:13 AM
Oh.... I was kidding. ;) organizers play favorites? I am just astonished .....

ThomEmery
08-31-2010, 08:24 AM
Heart breaking news to be sure

SmokeInDaEye
08-31-2010, 08:43 AM
I decided to stick with my 22# beasts in New Holland. My free RR brisket will be cooked for the family this weekend.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp15/SmokeInDaEye/37653_1569755243405_1221185418_1633544_6876125_n.j pg

Scottie
08-31-2010, 09:12 AM
what the hell is that? Is it really stumpy?
:shocked:



I decided to stick with my 22# beasts in New Holland. My free RR brisket will be cooked for the family this weekend.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp15/SmokeInDaEye/37653_1569755243405_1221185418_1633544_6876125_n.j pg

SmokeInDaEye
08-31-2010, 09:18 AM
what the hell is that? Is it really stumpy?
:shocked:

No, just a ton of meat and fat. Here's another one. Barely touched by a butcher's knife so I can trim them the way I want with no mistakes. That Boos cutting board looks much bigger without the side of steer on it.

http://i393.photobucket.com/albums/pp15/SmokeInDaEye/44481_1603339682995_1221185418_1732411_8286764_n.j pg

Scottie
08-31-2010, 09:36 AM
OK, with the cutting board as a background (I have a couple of Boos), I can see the size. Damn.... that's a nice hunk of meat. I've never got to cook one that big... What grade of beef?

SmokeInDaEye
08-31-2010, 11:07 AM
OK, with the cutting board as a background (I have a couple of Boos), I can see the size. Damn.... that's a nice hunk of meat. I've never got to cook one that big... What grade of beef?

Prime. My new meat guy treats me right. They're brought out from the walk-in on a meat hook, wrapped, carried to my car and trimmed a couple hours later. Very little waste other than fat which gets used for other things.