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Unread 01-20-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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Has anybody else found it hard lately to find a 15 - 18 lb. packer brisket? All Sam's club here in Indy have quit selling them, all they have a 3 -5 lb. flats. I told the meat guy ( not a butcher ) back their " that not worth carting home!" he told me packers don't sell. I whent to a local meat market, Wallmart, Kroger all the same.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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me too. i have to pre-order them from my local butcher and i am paying at least $4/lb. whole foods the same way. my local sam's club has just had the 5-6lb flats
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Unread 01-20-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Restaurant Depot has a store in Indy. They have packers. If you are a KCBS member, have a business of some kind or a tax exempt organization you could get in there.
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That's terrible! Sams here always has CAB packers. I think they get them twice a week.
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Only place I can get them is Wal-mart, "Excel" brand that are not even graded (that I can see on the package)
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Meat glue two flats together
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Walmart and Sam's are hit or miss based on location. My closest Sam's never has packers, only over trimmed flats and the closes Super Wally has small packers. Restaurant Depot is the most consistent for me.
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I have a local market that always has CAB packers, if they are out I hit the Restaurant Depot
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The only time I have ever seen my Sam's not have packers is usually during the week before big competitions and they got wiped out.
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Restaurant Depot is your best bet. There's one in Indianapolis.

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My Wallyworld has choice grade briskets while my sams only caries select grade briskets. Now I have a Costco card were all they carry is choice or better whole briskets.

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During the summer I went to the Sams in Sioux City and they didnt have any packers. They only had 2 packs of spares and baby backs and a few packages of pork butts. Since I drove an hour and a half I asked to speak to the manager. I got told that Sams probably wasnt going to carry the packers anymore(???). I told him that doesnt make sense because Sams is now one of the big sponsors in competition BBQ. He didnt know anything about it and said on the ribs and butts we have to ask because they are only allowed to put a couple of packs out at a time. Walmart next door had plenty of packers, ribs and butts.

I called another Sams in Council Bluffs,Iowa and they told me that they ALWAYS carry packers and their meat counters are supposed to be full.

So all I can figure is it has got to be the store. But because of that I chose not to renew my membership since the Sioux City store is the closest to me and it takes me an hour and a half to get there and if their meat rules are different it is not worth my time and money.
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The only place I've seen them around here is at a local "mom and pop" grocery store called "Rife's". It's known for its meats. But, they usually only have one in the case... I guess there are not that many people looking to purchase a 15 to 20 pound hunk of meat.

(It is also the only place around here where I can find bone-in pork butts.)
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Unread 01-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #14
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What is the world comming too? I thought it was just here in Indy, it's getting harder,and harder to find qualty meat to use? I cant hardly find prime anything anymore!
I'll try that Restaurant depot place.
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I can't find a brisket around here to save my life. Everyone only sells flats, except for wally world, and even then it's hit or miss if they have them. It's so bad, we went to Myrtle Beach for New years eve, and hit up the Sam's club there. They had 1 Angus Choice Packer that I promptly swiped up. If they had anymore, I would've cleaned 'em out.
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