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Old 08-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Choice vs Prime Brisket - Is there a difference

Hey All,

I saw a prime packer brisket at Sam's today for 2.58 a lb. I went ahead and picked it up and plan on smoking tomorrow.

Is there much of a difference in tast/texture/ or cooking method between prime and choice brisket?

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Old 08-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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Most of the time - yes. Primes are generally more juicy due to their marbling. They are more consistent than choice IMO. I don't notice too much of a difference in cooking times between the 2. Either way pull when probe tender and enjoy!
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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Yep, only difference if it really is prime is it should be juicier. Everything else should be the same.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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Primes get tender at a higher temp compared to choice IMO but has great Marbling compared to choice!
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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The biggest difference for me would have been how many prime briskets I would have bought at $2.58/lb when I pay that for choice around here.

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I've read a few places Prime is not so good for Hot n Fast because of more fat to render?
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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Damn I picked up a select packer at Kroger today for $2.49/lb. oh well.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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I cook prime hot and fast all the time with no problems but will agree that they will finish at a slightly higher temp to get probe tender.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:50 PM   #9
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Does anyone go to a butcher anymore, or are the big box stores just as good.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by SmittyJonz View Post
I've read a few places Prime is not so good for Hot n Fast because of more fat to render?
Prime grade briskets are perfectly fine for doing hot and fast cooks with. Here is one that I did and it turned out great (flat slices on the left, point slices on the right)

What I did find with a prime grade brisket is that I didn't have to worry about the edges scorching since the fat content kept it nice and moist. Taste and tenderness wise was the same thing as a choice grade brisket to me.

Now if I could get prime grade brisket at $2.58/lb I would be all over it in a heartbeat, but around this area prime grade brisket runs $5.00+/lb and that isn't worth it to me.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #11
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As I understand it, cattle is graded ONLY on the ribeye.
So, if there's enough marbling in the ribeye (rib roast) to be graded prime, then the entire animal is graded prime. If the ribeye is graded select, then the whole animal is graded select.

How this matters is that there is a definite possibility that the brisket on a certain animal that's graded select or choice COULD be the same or better brisket than the brisket on another animal that's graded prime, since they don't consider the brisket when grading beef.

I'm not sure why a brisket would have a lot more marbled fat than the ribeye on the same animal, but I do know that just because a brisket is graded as "choice" doesn't mean it won't have "prime-like" brisket fat marbling.

But....GENERALLY.....a prime brisket will have better marbling than a choice or select one and that means better flavor and moisture.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #12
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Thanks all for the responses. It's been smoking sfor about 4 hours now at 250-275. We'll see how it turns out!

PappaOscar - When it comes to butchers, that's defintely my first choice. I have a local butcher that I go to for all my hamburger, porkbutt, and steak needs. As much as I hate to say it when it comes to brisket it seems as though the big box stores have an advantage. In my opinion the cheaper commodity beef is better for long slow cooks as the fat content is typically higher thanks to grain fed beef. Again - just my opinion and experience.
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:22 AM   #13
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I buy all my prime briskets at Sam's in Columbia or KC...Same price as yours. Love em. Doing 2 tommorrow Hot n Fast (as allways) and we can compare notes. GL on the cook!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #14
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At that price don't ask questions and buy more.
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