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Old 07-18-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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It may just be a Long Island thing, but I have been having a heck of a time find good competition briskets the last few months.

I have been to Restaurant Depot every weekend for the last month and have found a total of 2 whole packers that I could use. Every thing else is 10-12 pounds and the flats are so thin I can see through them (not really but almost).

Granted I prefer briskets that are 16-18 pounds but even 14 would be doable. I finally had to settle for a choice packer today (versus CAB) and trying a flat for the first time in competition.

I may have to get an extra freezer and stockpile in the winter when demand is less!
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:23 PM   #2
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"Jetro" in College point, off 20th Ave has a very good selection, I picked up an 18+ LB'r last weekend. They carry all grades.
Swift brand frozen from the plant Cryo-vac'd spares were 1.27Lb case price. Rob is the Meat manager and is a nice guy.

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Old 07-18-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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I got a case of packers, Choice or better, at Restaurant Depot in Baltimore last week, 6 briskets in the case, total weight 94 lbs. Nice looking briskets, very minimal trimming at the factory. Only $1.69/lb.

I'm using them at Monmouth next week; hopefully they cook well. :-)

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Old 07-18-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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I guess its a NYC thing. I get 15-18# packers anytime I go to the Local Supemarket for 1.29 Lb. some times they are on sale at .89 lb. Cyro packed spares .99 - 1.39 depending on if they are frozen or not. I can't tell the difference thecook the same either way.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:33 AM   #5
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It's dry down here in parts of Texas and other places. Cattle are going to auction sooner that some folks would like. That may be what you are seeing.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:53 AM   #6
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Yeah, may be a local thing. I spent some time tonight with a restaurant owner in the area who cooks a lot of briskets and he said its been tough to get larger ones. Good beef is harder to find up these ways.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:53 AM   #7
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try Melville, we've been buying 16-18 pounders.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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I have had the same problem in the RD in Mt Vernon. Seems that 13 lbs is the biggest we can find. I have also notice a real difference is point to flat ration. The flats are getting smaller and the point getting larger. The point off one of my briskets in Lake Placid was the same size as the flat and probably heavier since it was thicker at some points. I'm thinking of trying my luck at Westside in the Hunts Point Market but thats a real gamble. You can't see what you are getting and without catering there is nothing to do with the small ones. Even practice isn't worth it at that point since your comp meat and practice meat would be apples and oranges.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:25 AM   #9
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Bohemia RD out near me had a bunch 14 and up a week or so ago, got a nice 14 pounder no problemo.
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I went to a place in troy NY this weekend to get briskets and I asked the butcher for the two largest he had. He walked out with these two little 9 pounders. He told me they were huge!!! I used and did ok. I cooked high heat and they actually came out very nice.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:01 AM   #11
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The thin flat / big point issue seems to be the way that RD is having their house "Angus" butchered. I picked through 3 cases the other day and they all seemed to be cut in this fashion. IBP's seem to be the most consistent in regards to thicker flats, but the RD here has quit carrying them.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:22 PM   #12
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I finally found what I thought were 2 decent ones this weekend only to open one and a knife gash halfway through the middle of one of the flat. Ended up grinding most of it for burgers.

Anyone know if BJs sells whole packers or only flats?
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #14
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I finally found what I thought were 2 decent ones this weekend only to open one and a knife gash halfway through the middle of one of the flat. Ended up grinding most of it for burgers.

Anyone know if BJs sells whole packers or only flats?

Oh that was you I thought is was Thunder I heard over the weekend thanks
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Sam's in KC has the same problem with small briskets and thin flats. I have been able to get 14-16lb packers at a couple of meat markets but for 2x+ Sams price.
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