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Unread 06-19-2013, 03:56 PM   #1
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Just went to pick up a couple packages of Smithfield butts and noticed that the way they package them and the size of them has changed. They are much smaller then they used to be and the shape isn't great. We are talking around 6 pounds with maybe a 5-6 inch MM.

Anyone else run into this?
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Unread 06-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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I have stopped buying Smithfield due to the sizes and the cuts looks as if a kid butchered the pig. The quality in my opinion has gone down hill lately.
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Yea, the last bunch of Smiths I bought were weird, got 8-9 pounders and 5-6 pounders in the same vac pac, so I guess they are pretty close to an 8 pound average, but a PITA to cook.
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Yea, the last bunch of Smiths I bought were weird, got 8-9 pounders and 5-6 pounders in the same vac pac, so I guess they are pretty close to an 8 pound average, but a PITA to cook.
I see pretty much exactly this when I go to Sams and look at the Smithfield they have. I buy other stuff from Sams, but always look at their butts just for fun. There might be one decent 2 pack in the meat case and the rest have one big on and one smaller one. Also they are trapezoid shaped and taper smaller towards the money muscle end.
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Just went to pick up a couple packages of Smithfield butts and noticed that the way they package them and the size of them has changed. They are much smaller then they used to be and the shape isn't great. We are talking around 6 pounds with maybe a 5-6 inch MM.

Anyone else run into this?
This raises a good question for us ... Did some side by side tests in the off season and smithfield actually came out really well ... but our Sams rarely carries them now, the brand they do carry did pretty crappy in our tests compared to others (can't think of the brand off hand) ... so if smithfield is now sucking, what is everyone using if they don't have their own personal magician of a butcher???
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Unread 06-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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It's not just Smithfield, check out this farmland butt.



Brother bought a case and they were so small and horrible he had to call farmland. Their standard for butts were something like 5-10 lbs. this weighed 4lb 8.9oz

Been a bad wave of 7lb loinbacks 3 packs everywhere here too
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Same problem here. Bought a bunch of 5-6 lbers from Food Lion, only cause they were .99/lb. Noticed that the bin was all different sizes and weird cuts. I don't know what the brand is at Kroger, but they are very consistent and 8-10 lbs all the time.
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To me IBP still have the best butts. Haven't bought Smithfield in a while. I buy by the case and the butts would be anywhere from 3.5 - 9 lbs. It drove me crazy. IBP butts are usually the close to the same size.
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Yeah, but they have changed the IBP cut we get here, like in the last few weeks. Bet it varies by geography, but I was a little shocked with the last few cryo's I opened.
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Smithfield is now made in China
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I agree with MattG. Our Sam's alternates between Smithfield and IBP, and the IBP butts are larger and more similar in size.
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I guess this is when it pays to be sponsored by a butcher shop...
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Well at least now I know it wasn't just me seeing things. Thanks for the replies.
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Could this have anything to do with commodity prices being so high? The farmer is selling sooner because it costs to much to feed these critters?
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but always look at their butts just for fun.
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