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Unread 04-01-2013, 03:13 PM   #16
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Thank the elected officials in DC for a lot of this problem, they are the ones that passed the requirement that 30% or so of all corn production must go to produce ethanol. Never mind about food for people or livestock. Di**heads!

I think it is a location thing though, I just paid $3.39 for CAB packers.
Or you could thank the corn lobbyists who pushed for laws making it illegal to sell ethanol that is not corn sourced.

Truth is, there is low cost beef out there, but, you have to want the right cut in the right location. Right now, tri-tip could not be easier to find out here. Cheap and plentiful, and some really good looking ones. No kidding though, many of the higher end butcher shops are selling brisket and even packers, if you ask. And that is really different from the past in CA.
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Unread 04-01-2013, 03:19 PM   #17
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Our closest Sam's recently LOWERED the price on their choice packers from 2.48/lb. (which they were all last year) to 2.28/lb.

RD had choice packers in their last flyer here for 2.29/lb./case, 2.44/lb. unit.

Just heard on the news that corn futures are falling due to record acreage planted; maybe that will help negate the rising cost of beef? Still, if you've got a freezer...


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yea, briskets here have held steady and reasonable so far. but stuff like t bone steaks have gone nuts. $9 a pound ? forgetaboutit !
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But here's what's nuts. They can run a sale on NY Strips at $3.99/lb? Doesn't make sense to my feeble mind.
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Not mine they never put ANYTHING ON SALE because they have a Monopoly out here in the sticks.
I used to have to travel to Meridian, Clifton and McGregor periodically for work.....you are right, you are limited in your choices nearby. The town I now live in is about 3000 people....but Lake Jackson is just 15 miles away.
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I found a food service company that caters to restaurants and independent groceries, you know those smaller semi's with all the fancy food graphics that do the deliveries. In our little part of north Florida we have two pretty good sized operations so I'm pretty confident there are regional counterparts pretty much everywhere. Anyhow, I found one that has a will call desk that will sell to the public and they have everything from meats to paper products & condiments. The only catch: you need to purchase in their case lots. For choice brisket that's 5 15 pounders per case for about $2.50 per pound. Pork spare ribs, 9 racks 36 pounds per case for $2.00 per pound. I've found the quality excellent.
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In STL Sam's club has packers for more than $4/pound. Pork loins are $2/pound and the pork in almost 100% edible. Guess which we've been eating :-)
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I haven't cooked a full packer brisket in over 4 years due to their price. I can buy all natural 8-10 pound bone in pork butts all day long at Wegmans for less than $12 each and yet 10-14 pound briskets at Wal-Mart run around $45-$60. I simply can't afford that and the worst part is that Wally World carries the bottom of the barrel as far as quality goes. I couldn't imagine what others are paying for packers that are actually a better grade.
Wow. You're paying $4.50/lb. for brisket at your Wally World? We're paying $2/lb. less at our WW here in PA. Guess I'm just not understanding how the same store charges different prices to that extent in different areas.
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Wow. You're paying $4.50/lb. for brisket at your Wally World? We're paying $2/lb. less at our WW here in PA. Guess I'm just not understanding how the same store charges different prices to that extent in different areas.
We're paying up to $3.07/lb here and as low as $2.67/lb depending on when they decide to run sales or not. So do the math. Even at $2.67/lb you're still paying $32 for a 12 lb brisket and that's not including sales tax which would push it to $35. Trust me, it sux.
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We're paying up to $3.07/lb here and as low as $2.67/lb depending on when they decide to run sales or not. So do the math. Even at $2.67/lb you're still paying $32 for a 12 lb brisket and that's not including sales tax which would push it to $35. Trust me, it sux.
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2.38-2.48 a pound here in North Alabama. That would include Sams or Kroger for Choice packer briskets. At that price it seems like a no brianer vs Ribeye or New York Strip. Ground beef ( 73/27 ) is 2.49 a pound. So we buy 12 pound packers for less than 30 dollars, cook, vaccum seal, and eat. We can always find pork butts for around 1.00 per pound. I like them both, but the truth is pork is not beef, and beef is not pork. If I want a big slice of beef, a pulled pork sandwhich is not going to fix that.
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In Maryland it has always been expensive ($5/pound is a good price here and I've seen select for $9/pound at regular grocery stores) and we have ZERO BBQ tradition and few places that even sell BBQ. BBQ is all about taking cheap cuts of meat and making them taste good. It doesn't have to be brisket. I'm very happy to cook chuckies and they're less than half the price. They're also easier and very tasty. I love brisket, but I'm not a brisket snob.
Gore, I don't know where you are but there is fair priced brisket in MD. You have to look for it as the demand for packers is low.
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Gore, I don't know where you are but there is fair priced brisket in MD. You have to look for it as the demand for packers is low.
Thanks, I haven't seen any in my area. I still check the local stores from time to time, but I can't recall seeing less than $5/ pound in I don't know how long. Even our Costco is never below $5/pound if they even have it at all.
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I'm getting flats for $2.48 at my local SAMs. The order got screwed up and I was told I could have flats at packer price!
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