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Unread 04-25-2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default CAB vs Choice Briskets

For those of you that have tried both was wondering if you think there is a marked difference(better) in the certified angus beef brisket.
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I think CAB is better, but I buy choice grade and seem to do well with it, as I'm a tightwad at heart.

We buy and cook choice grade.

We use choice grade, unless CAB's are on sale.

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Don't think a CAB is worth the extra money myself.
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I get CAB for the same as Choice.
Never had a bad one yet.

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I get CAB for the same as Choice.
Never had a bad one yet.

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Listen to the man... I saw the difference this past weekend.

I had Choice he had CAB... there was no comparison. The CAB had unreal marbling. He had two... I would have sworn one of them was prime. The other one looked better than my choice as well.
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I'm really confused about cab and I think from all I've read that cab can be choice or select - and I read somewhere that if it's not marked choice it is select. But, even if it's select the criteria for it to be cab makes it as high as select can be. The point or problem for me is - if cab can be marked choice (and according to the criteria that would be high choice or almost Prime) , I want it and have found meat with the cab label marked "choice" so I want it marked that way if I buy some but I can't find it. If I'm off on this staigten me out.
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I'm really confused about cab and I think from all I've read that cab can be choice or select - and I read somewhere that if it's not marked choice it is select. But, even if it's select the criteria for it to be cab makes it as high as select can be. The point or problem for me is - if cab can be marked choice (and according to the criteria that would be high choice or almost Prime) , I want it and have found meat with the cab label marked "choice" so I want it marked that way if I buy some but I can't find it. If I'm off on this staigten me out.
Actually, as I understand it, CAB can be any of the USDA grades... it could be cutter/canner or it could be prime. The only thing that makes it CAB is if the hide is black when it hits the floor. However, most, if not all meat that is marketed as CAB will be choice or above. They really don't want to ruin that cash cow... pun intended!!
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Actually CAB is a brand (Certified Angus Beef)... Below is a link to their website that explains the grades used: http://www.certifiedangusbeef.com/product/grades.php
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Don't think a CAB is worth the extra money myself.
At Resturant Depot, at least here in New York, there isn't any price difference between CAB and Choice
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At Resturant Depot, at least here in New York, there isn't any price difference between CAB and Choice
Guy - If you're interested, here's some reading for the RD website about their "Superior Angus". It is not "CAB" brand but their own brand. I do see an improvement in the quality, usually I go by the "feel" of the meat. the Superior Angus is much more pliable than the regular Choice they sell which is usally less flexible.

http://www.restaurantdepot.com/Docs/Superior%20Angus%20Beef%20Questions%20and%20Answer s.pdf

RD's Superior Angus is supposedly the top 66% of Choice, where I believe CAB is supposedly the top 20% or 35% of Choice.

I think the RD Angus brand quality is pretty good stuff.
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Here's the thing about CAB... if the cow is black, it qualifies. I had a butcher tell me that one time last year when I was looking into one. They've done such a great job marketing that no one knows the truth about them.
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Here's the thing about CAB... if the cow is black, it qualifies. I had a butcher tell me that one time last year when I was looking into one. They've done such a great job marketing that no one knows the truth about them.
LOL Reminds me of the poland china pigs that won best of breed at a stock show in Clarendon, Texas and then came back with black shoe polish spots and won best of spotted poland china breed. Someone suspected something and wiped the polish off of a spot. Disqualified them in both categories.

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Guy - If you're interested, here's some reading for the RD website about their "Superior Angus". It is not "CAB" brand but their own brand. I do see an improvement in the quality, usually I go by the "feel" of the meat. the Superior Angus is much more pliable than the regular Choice they sell which is usally less flexible.

http://www.restaurantdepot.com/Docs/Superior%20Angus%20Beef%20Questions%20and%20Answer s.pdf

RD's Superior Angus is supposedly the top 66% of Choice, where I believe CAB is supposedly the top 20% or 35% of Choice.

I think the RD Angus brand quality is pretty good stuff.
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We use the same brisket you do. We get ours about 12 days ahead of a contest. We look for a brisket with a packing date no longer than 2 weeks from the contest so we can wet age them for 2 weeks.
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I can't say that I have ever knowingly seen a CAB brisket. I usually can only find choice and sometime Select grade briskets in the markets around my area. Usually choice is about the best I can do around here.
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In our first comp., we cooked CAB Prime Gold. We liked it alot as did our guests. The judges did not notice. CAB choice is probably a good bet. It's how it is cooked and presented that really matters.

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