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chrischandler71 11-02-2012 10:08 AM

$3.79 lb for Pork Belly????
 
I became interested in making my own bacon after seeing some of the threads about curing your own pork bellies to make bacon. I called a local butcher and got a price of $3.79lb. Is this about right, or should i call around a few other places? I have had some what of a difficult time finding it with out having to order it.

jacksedona 11-02-2012 10:11 AM

pork prices going up
 
i hear there is a shortage of pork especial;y with china buying up alot of pork,this is also due to the drought over the summer causing grain prices to go up-feeding pigs has become expensive

tatonka3a2 11-02-2012 10:37 AM

We have to order ours a week in advance - local price in ND is $2.09 right now. It wouldn't hurt to call around to a few more places.

centexsmoker 11-02-2012 10:44 AM

I paid around $2.89 for mine at a fancy store this week. You are in the high end of the range but it can be hard to find. if you don't see it anywhere else, pick it up and give it a try. Super easy and lots of fun

Teamfour 11-02-2012 10:46 AM

I have been calling around to places in metro DC. A local boutique butcher wants $7.99/lb for Berkshire pig bellies. He claims the pigs are specially fed, blah, blah, blah. Whole Foods wants $5.99/lb. A meat supplier quoted me $3.50/lb, which is what I am going with. BTW, these are all skin on bellies.

centexsmoker 11-02-2012 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Teamfour (Post 2262049)
I have been calling around to places in metro DC. A local boutique butcher wants $7.99/lb for Berkshire pig bellies. He claims the pigs are specially fed, blah, blah, blah. Whole Foods wants $5.99/lb. A meat supplier quoted me $3.50/lb, which is what I am going with. BTW, these are all skin on bellies.

Berkshire bellies are the top of the line bellies but $7.99 is really high for any pork belly

I would probably still buy it to try though :)

chriscw81 11-02-2012 05:22 PM

i've been paying 4.00 a pound and it's the cheapest i can find it locally. i can find it for 3.50 but the drive would be more than saving 50 cents a pound. even at 4 a pound it will still be the best bacon you've ever had and cheaper than a lot grocery stores. cure your own and i promise you will stop buying it from the store. dont forget the bacon pron :biggrin1:

aquablue22 11-02-2012 05:28 PM

I have to order it and it usually run about 3 bucks a pound, only place that will order it for me in the one horse town! I had another guys get me some and it was 2.79 but it sucked looked like a came off a skinny pig!

Boshizzle 11-02-2012 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Teamfour (Post 2262049)
I have been calling around to places in metro DC. A local boutique butcher wants $7.99/lb for Berkshire pig bellies. He claims the pigs are specially fed, blah, blah, blah. Whole Foods wants $5.99/lb. A meat supplier quoted me $3.50/lb, which is what I am going with. BTW, these are all skin on bellies.

I WISH I could find skin on pork belly! Good stuff! Best I can do is skin off around $3.50 - $3.95 per pound.

Beef 11-02-2012 05:33 PM

I was shocked at the $3.79 I had to pay for my belly in Wisconsin. Shop around. I hope your mileage varies!


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Teamfour 11-02-2012 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Boshizzle (Post 2262338)
I WISH I could find skin on pork belly! Good stuff! Best I can do is skin off around $3.50 - $3.95 per pound.

Boshizzle, where are you getting your bellies? The 3.50 ones I found are at Wilsons in Catlett, VA.

chrischandler71 11-02-2012 06:29 PM

I have a few more places to check. I have a local grocery store that can order it, but i have found its hard to get a confirmed price from the few places i checked. This butcher that gave me the 3.79 price had just ordered some for another customer. I may just go ahead and pick it up.

chriscw81 11-02-2012 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Teamfour (Post 2262366)
Boshizzle, where are you getting your bellies? The 3.50 ones I found are at Wilsons in Catlett, VA.

Wilsons in Catlett, VA is the place where i found it for 3.50 also. i get mine locally in downtown fredericksburg. if there is another place around us i'd love to know about it

chris

Dr_KY 11-02-2012 11:04 PM

It would be nice to find curing agents around here!

chriscw81 11-02-2012 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr_KY (Post 2262593)
It would be nice to find curing agents around here!

You should be able to find curing salt, if not, order Morton's tenderquick online. You'll need the tenderquick plus whatever spices you decide

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