I buy from Cash and Carry, in Oakland, and I don't know why I am telling you this.
I paid $2.99 for the Choice Angus brisket I cooked last weekend. It gets as low as $2.19 for Select grade packers there. I have had many great cooks with the briskets and ribs from there.
Again, I don't really think I should have shared this info. If I go there and the meat is picked over, I know who to look at.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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