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Unread 07-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Where does everyone in Houston buy their meat?

I only grill steaks, burgers, etc. but I'd love to branch out. Maybe a tri-tip. After trying all of the usual grocery stores, I buy almost exclusively from Randalls now. I'm starting to wonder about specialty butchers.
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Costco has great choice and prime tri tips.

The walmarts by me have great excel choice brisket packers for the price of ungraded $2.18/lb.

HEB has started to carry Meyer natural angus brisket packers for $3.25/lb.

If you can get into a restaurant depot, they have great selection and prices on all meats.

Many meat markets order their meat from the exact same suppliers as the grocery stores. So it's not gonna get you a better product in most cases. There are still some places that source their meat from local farms, or higher end places like snake river farms, but the price on that stuff is well.. pricey.
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Thanks, El Ropo! I think I'm going to have to break down and get a Costco card.

I was in HEB Saturday morning and I couldn't get anyone to talk to me. I drove across the street to Randalls and the butcher met me outside the meat case to ask me exactly what I wanted.
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The hyperthyroid HEB super center by me regularly has excellent pork butts and ribs. Their briskets have been pretty pathetic lately. I have never seen a tri-tip around here, but they probably exist somewhere I don't frequent. I find the Sam's has pretty good brisket and pork butts but I don't like their ribs. Rice Epicurian and Central Market have higher graded stuff, but it ain't cheap.
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I don't know what part of Houston you are in, but I have family in Lakewood Forrest and Tomball, and COSTCO is my first choice for meats. Kroger is okay, but you have to be careful -- don't buy their ground beef, because it has pink slime in it. Most of their pork is enhanced, and the stuff that isn't is pricey. But, that's close to my parent's house, and it is their favorite store.

In a city that big, there should also be some killer meat markets. I hope someone here knows of some.

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Thanks, El Ropo! I think I'm going to have to break down and get a Costco card.

I was in HEB Saturday morning and I couldn't get anyone to talk to me. I drove across the street to Randalls and the butcher met me outside the meat case to ask me exactly what I wanted.
I always like Randall's. I also love Fiesta for produce.

I bought my COSTCO membership just for the meat department. The spice aisle is good, too. I also get good cheeses there to smoke.

I got an Executive membership, and gave a card to my sister in Tomball.

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Not Houston but Conroe. Give Majkszak's Meat and Seafood Market a try . This is a mom and pop shop and are great people. They also sell Wicked Lump that's how I found them in the beginning.
http://www.majkszaksmeatmarket.com/
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I get briskets, pork butts, and whole chickens at Sam's. The HEB by me (in the Woodlands) has decent pork ribs, butts, and chicken, also they mostly carry Angus beef. I stay away from Kroger's, and the Randall's closest to us isn't busy enough to keep a good supply of meat that I trust, they have more in the reduced bin than in the fresh meat case.
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Ya you should definitely try heb brotha, I called everywhere looking for a prime brisket and finally I called up heb and they ordered me one, it comes in a case of three I get to pick from it Tuesday, I might buy all 3:-)

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HEB are great folks. The butchers will work with you.
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I haven't been smokin yet, but for grillin I get my meet from HEB. I live in Friendswood, the local HEB is pretty good.
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i get my briskets at costco, most everything else at sams. pork butts are cheaper and they are bone in.
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