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Unread 09-06-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Bay area brisket price=$100+

How much do you spend on brisket whole?
I have been sticking to the smart and final $2.30 but every time I walk into a local Butcher they want 6.99 or more for their brisket..... At 14# that is a hundred dollars! :broke:
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Somebody has to pay to unwrap the cyro remove every morsel of fat and cut it in to 2-3 lb chunks. prices here average 1.77 -2.18 lb. Here's the straight skinny "DON'T PAY SOMEONE ELSE PLAY WITH YOUR MEAT HANDLE IT YOURSELF YOU KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT"
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Down here the most I pay from my local butcher is 4.99/lb and he brings in the best cuts from a farm.
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Somebody has to pay to unwrap the cyro remove every morsel of fat and cut it in to 2-3 lb chunks. prices here average 1.77 -2.18 lb. Here's the straight skinny "DON'T PAY SOMEONE ELSE PLAY WITH YOUR MEAT HANDLE IT YOURSELF YOU KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT"
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You need to search more. Wal Mart has choice Brisket packers here every day of the week for $1.99 a pound, and sometimes a sale here and there where it drops even lower. SHOP AROUND, and you will find lower prices. I am in Texas, but I'm positive you can find the deals up there in Liberal land.
And not to rub it in, but I can get whole Prime packers here for $3.19 a pound, so I do not know why it is so expensive where you are. Harris ranch is one of the largest beef producers in California and the west, and they are only a few hours from you. So it is not a supply problem. It doesn't seem right
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+2 Unfortunately, the business is so profit driven these days, that this is the reason why you see less availability of certain c.o.v. Product, ie Packer brisket, in many areas because you can and will be charged more for anything that has had the fire trimmed out of it. Same with c.o.v. Flats... Meat counter dude just prices them and dumps them in the counter.
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Down here the most I pay from my local butcher is 4.99/lb and he brings in the best cuts from a farm.
I live in L.A.
Care to share who your butcher is?
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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.
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You need to search more. Wal Mart has choice Brisket packers here every day of the week for $1.99 a pound, and sometimes a sale here and there where it drops even lower. SHOP AROUND, and you will find lower prices. I am in Texas, but I'm positive you can find the deals up there in Liberal land.
And not to rub it in, but I can get whole Prime packers here for $3.19 a pound, so I do not know why it is so expensive where you are. Harris ranch is one of the largest beef producers in California and the west, and they are only a few hours from you. So it is not a supply problem. It doesn't seem right
Yeah up here in way too liberalland, the Walmart don't carry brisket. (or at least I never seen them here.) the problem is that I don't think I people even know what a brisket is up here. I didn't know before I became a brethren.

One time I made burnt ends for a large church Picnic and nobody knew what a burnt end was. At first they were like, eewww I don't want no burnt food, then they saw it, tried it, and kept calling them beef tips

I'm trying to educate them yall!
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Blame everything on your predecessor. It's Bush's fault.

On the other hand W lives in Texas. Plenty of briskets to be had at 1.99
HEB, WalMart,Albertsons, etc etc etc

And thank you for teaching the locals out there what's good in the world.
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Yeah up here in way too liberalland, the Walmart don't carry brisket. (or at least I never seen them here.) the problem is that I don't think I people even know what a brisket is up here. I didn't know before I became a brethren.

One time I made burnt ends for a large church Picnic and nobody knew what a burnt end was. At first they were like, eewww I don't want no burnt food, then they saw it, tried it, and kept calling them beef tips

I'm trying to educate them yall!
In Texas, most people haven't heard of a Tri Tip, but I understand it's a staple in California.
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I live in L.A.
Care to share who your butcher is?
Not at all. I'm in the Foothills in Crescenta Valley. The place is called Harmony Farms on Foothill Blvd in La Crescenta. They've got anything you want from gators to frogs and in between.

http://harmonyfarmsonline.com/
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They are beef tips, and don't be so quick to condemn your new home. I learned to BBQ from a man who was born in Southern Oklahoma and learned to cook in Texas. Most of Richmond and East Oakland is folks from down Texas, Oklahoma or Louisiana way, and many of them are very fine cooks.

Every Sunday morning, I walk out the front door to the smell of hickory and caramelized pork wafting in from East Oakland. Don't go to Walmart. Unless you want something really fancy, you can always find packers at Smart and Final, as well as Cash and Carry. You don't need better meat than what you can get from those two places.
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Yeah up here in way too liberalland, the Walmart don't carry brisket. (or at least I never seen them here.) the problem is that I don't think I people even know what a brisket is up here. I didn't know before I became a brethren.

One time I made burnt ends for a large church Picnic and nobody knew what a burnt end was. At first they were like, eewww I don't want no burnt food, then they saw it, tried it, and kept calling them beef tips

I'm trying to educate them yall!
You're right! Not many walmarts down here or at least around L.A. and they don't carry briskets at all.
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Somebody has to pay to unwrap the cyro remove every morsel of fat and cut it in to 2-3 lb chunks. prices here average 1.77 -2.18 lb. Here's the straight skinny "DON'T PAY SOMEONE ELSE PLAY WITH YOUR MEAT HANDLE IT YOURSELF YOU KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IT"
but what if paying someone else to play with your meat is what you like
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