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SoCalWJS
06-18-2013, 09:33 AM
Where have SoCal Brethren been getting their Briskets these days?

I've had a hankerin' for Brisket for awhile, and after going through SmokinAussie's thread, decided to give it another go. My prior attempts have been disappointments, and I'm partly convinced the Cow itself shared at least some of the blame. :mrgreen:

I've used the cryo'ed whole Brisket from Smart & Final in the past (choosing the most flexible), but the results have been on the dry side. I used the BGE Indirect, low n slo until it was somewhere in the 190+ range and passes the fork test. Used a bit of beef broth in foil towards the end on the second cook, just wrapped the first one in foil all by it's lonesome that time. Thought I'd follow Aussie's example and throw a water pan in this time. Maybe bump the temp up to the 250-275 range instead of 225.

The grocery stores I frequent usually just have a closely trimmed Flat.

Any suggestions?

SmokinJohn
06-18-2013, 09:38 AM
I, too, use Smart and Final. That was the source of last weekend's brisket cook.

But I found that Wally World sells briskets. I was at the one in Cerritos two weeks ago and saw them.

palmtreefrb
06-18-2013, 09:39 AM
Was that full packers in cyro at Cerritos? Select or Choice and what was the cost per lb?

Thanks, Rick

SmokinJohn
06-18-2013, 09:41 AM
Was that full packers at Cerritos?

Yessiree! I had to call the Mrs over because I thought I was hallucinating.

Tonybel
06-18-2013, 09:49 AM
I never been there but according to my friend Hottinger Family Meats is the spot to go.
5437 Chino Ave. Chino, Ca 91710. (909) 628-2568

hachi-roku_fan
06-18-2013, 10:36 AM
Is Wally World terminology for Walmart? I'm a bit lost and looking for a good meat source is SoCal too

SoCalWJS
06-18-2013, 11:14 AM
I never been there but according to my friend Hottinger Family Meats is the spot to go.
5437 Chino Ave. Chino, Ca 91710. (909) 628-2568
Thanks for the suggestion - Chino's a bit far - I'm out between Berdoo and PS up in the mountains.

I'll give Wallyworld (WalMart) a shot, and I need to go to Smart & Final for something else, so I'll give it a shot.

I saw them once at Sam's Club, but wasn't interested at the time. Ever since - trimmed flats.

palmtreefrb
06-18-2013, 11:22 AM
If you cannot find brisket from any of the above or < $4.00 lb . Join KCBS, KCBS members can get day passes for Restaurant Depot. RD will always have brisket for a reasonable price.

Rick

Tonybel
06-18-2013, 11:33 AM
Thanks for the suggestion - Chino's a bit far - I'm out between Berdoo and PS up in the mountains.

I'll give Wallyworld (WalMart) a shot, and I need to go to Smart & Final for something else, so I'll give it a shot.

I saw them once at Sam's Club, but wasn't interested at the time. Ever since - trimmed flats.

I got to smart and final they are decent sometime. That's why I haven't gone to chino also. I live in san berdoo by cal state.

SmokinJohn
06-18-2013, 11:53 AM
Is Wally World terminology for Walmart? I'm a bit lost and looking for a good meat source is SoCal too

Yes, Wally World is slang for Wal-Mart

ssv3
06-18-2013, 12:43 PM
If you have Sam's close by they have packers. Costco Business also has packers choice/select and you can get in with your regular memership card but closest one is either Hawthorne or Commerce if you find your way there somehow. I had the Smart and Final Cattleman's Finest in choice as opposed to their First Street brand and liked it a lot. I actually liked it better than sam's choice. I would recommend the Cattleman's Finest and look for choice since they're mixed. $2.49/lb and you can't beat that.

hachi-roku_fan
06-18-2013, 02:24 PM
If you cannot find brisket from any of the above or < $4.00 lb . Join KCBS, KCBS members can get day passes for Restaurant Depot. RD will always have brisket for a reasonable price.

Rick

I checked out KCBS but couldn't find the place where it states this. I'd be interested in joining simply for this seeing as how there is a RD less than 5 minutes away from my house

Heisenberger
06-18-2013, 02:29 PM
I usually buy points when I do brisket. Gelson's usually has some nice big points for sale.

mtbchip
06-18-2013, 02:37 PM
Full packers at Smart and final (San Diego)

gtr
06-18-2013, 02:41 PM
If y'all don't mind me butting in right quick - SoCal Brethren Bash (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160982) Sept. 21 - come on over!

Also - not really a bash, but Brethren lcbateman3 (aka Lionel) will be cooking a pig for a Carolina style pig pickin at my house in Culver City on July 20. He recently moved here from NC. I'll put up a post with details in the coming days/weeks.

Anyway - RD would be a place to look - I think you have to be a KCBS member to see the discounts page on the KCBS site. The prices are phenomenal at RD. I haven't had good luck with the briskets from S&F, but I'm more ready to blame myself than the brisket. I sometimes get them at Huntington Meats at the L.A. Farmer's market at 3rd and Fairfax. Not cheap but very good - but that's really far from where yer at.

And - points at Gelson's! I'm there! :clap2:

hachi-roku_fan
06-18-2013, 02:44 PM
If y'all don't mind me butting in right quick - SoCal Brethren Bash (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160982) Sept. 21 - come on over!

Also - not really a bash, but Brethren lcbateman3 (aka Lionel) will be cooking a pig for a Carolina style pig pickin at my house in Culver City on July 20. He recently moved here from NC. I'll put up a post with details in the coming days/weeks.

Anyway - RD would be a place to look - I think you have to be a KCBS member to see the discounts page on the KCBS site. The prices are phenomenal at RD. I haven't had good luck with the briskets from S&F, but I'm more ready to blame myself than the brisket. I sometimes get them at Huntington Meats at the L.A. Farmer's market at 3rd and Fairfax. Not cheap but very good - but that's really far from where yer at.

And - points at Gelson's! I'm there! :clap2:

I've had stuff from that farmers market, and you're right, it's pricey but so delicious. I guess I'll join KCBS soon. Maybe I'll check out RD to see what they offer before I make the leap

SoCalWJS
06-18-2013, 04:50 PM
Thanks for all the input.

Ended up with a 6.11 pound cryo'ed flat from Sam's Club in San Berdoo. Had a decent fat cap as opposed to the one's I see at the grocery stores. It looks more like a packer though - much thicker at one end, but probably not. Picked the most flexible one I could find.

We'll see.

Now I got to figure out the timing on this thing. Don't particularly want to get up at 3 AM to start it for dinner, but I'm an early riser :loco:

Well, not that early.

LA 433
06-18-2013, 08:42 PM
hottingers has the best by far i think and reasonable prices ........

DUBBAGA
06-21-2013, 05:17 PM
I have found that the Mexican grocery stores frequently have a nice butcher dept and carry whole packers. The ones at Ranch Market on Lugonia in Redlands have been good for me when I could only find flats at Sams/Costco, and RD was already closed

peterz
06-21-2013, 05:55 PM
I just cooked Brisket ( angus ) from RD and used KosmosQ injection and it
turned out FANTASTIC. Best i have ever done.
hope this helps.

spyre
06-21-2013, 06:11 PM
I just picked up a nice 12.5lb Angus from restaurant depot for like 2.89/lb. Normal usda choice was 2.49/lb I think. I spent like 40 bucks and got a business license from the city for and called it a catering company. That worked fine to get a full RD membership for the wife and I. I looked at the KCBS thing but it seemed convoluted at best, this was quick and easy on the internet and they mailed me the license in a few days.

ColdFyre
06-21-2013, 10:43 PM
hachi, you can go into RD and get a day pass. Go in, check it out. I have one right down the street from me (Walnut) and they had a good selection of packers. Last time I went, they were a bit big for my 18 WSM (16.5 lb+). The one in LA (off Washington) has beef short ribs too (Walnut did not).
So far, I've purchased 3 from S&F, 1 was dry-ish. The one I got from RD was pretty good.

SanDiegoSooner
06-21-2013, 11:56 PM
Not sure where you are located, but I second what SSV3 said about Costco Business Center. They have one in San Diego off of Balboa and the 163 and they about every cut of meat you can imagine and in the hugest packages/quantity I've ever seen. I bought a huge packer cut brisket there a few weeks ago for about 2.99 a pound. It was USDA choice and turned out perfect.

hachi-roku_fan
06-22-2013, 12:59 AM
hachi, you can go into RD and get a day pass. Go in, check it out. I have one right down the street from me (Walnut) and they had a good selection of packers. Last time I went, they were a bit big for my 18 WSM (16.5 lb+). The one in LA (off Washington) has beef short ribs too (Walnut did not).
So far, I've purchased 3 from S&F, 1 was dry-ish. The one I got from RD was pretty good.

You got the day pass through KCBS? I live real close to the LA one off Jefferson

nastynotch347
06-22-2013, 05:44 AM
I never been there but according to my friend Hottinger Family Meats is the spot to go.
5437 Chino Ave. Chino, Ca 91710. (909) 628-2568

Truth! My in-laws live in Chino and this place is top notch. They have a discount freezer section that I ended up taking 3 pre seasoned tri tip's back to Chicago with me the first time I was there!