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Smoothsmoke
08-20-2010, 02:02 PM
My Costco membership is expiring in a few weeks. I'm not sure whether to renew it or go to Sams Clubs. This is where you guys come in. Which of the two has better selection of meats? Thanks Brethren!

BBQ Grail
08-20-2010, 02:03 PM
Costco for Tri-Tip, chicken and fish

Sam's Club for case chuck roast, brisket, pork ribs and butts...

Sorry...gotta have both in my book.

Southern Home Boy
08-20-2010, 02:07 PM
Yeah, I'm with Larry on this. I think Sam's has better Brisket, Costco has better Pork Butts and chicken, ribs are about the same, but Sam's has a lot more restaurant and catering gear available to non-business members that makes it my preferred first stop.

At the end of the day, I keep both memberships.

Mrs. Mafia
08-20-2010, 02:14 PM
Costco is what we use....but we also have a rest. depot 5 min. away! I was never impressed with Sams Club. They always seemed to have rotting produce every time I was there. Several locations...
It made me wonder about other things ... just my .02 cents.

HB-BBQ
08-20-2010, 02:15 PM
I have both as well but prefer Costco for most of my meats.

Gore
08-20-2010, 02:49 PM
I prefer Costco. If you pay the $100/year for the Executive Membership, they give you a 2% refund on what you purchase. If your annual refund doesn't come to at least $100, they'll give you the difference, therefore it is free. So ... why wouldn't you belong?

MOS95B
08-20-2010, 02:52 PM
I wish I could get a CostCo membership, but they don't accept the Visa Logo'ed check card from my back (accepted everywhere Visa is my furry patootie!!) and I doubt I've ever used a paper check through this account. Not even sure I have any...

TheRancheroGuy
08-20-2010, 03:03 PM
Actually Costco accepts all DEBIT cards, so get with your bank and establish a PIN #.
I like Costco for ribs, tritip, sirloins, and those huge salman filets, I haven't been to a Sams Club in years.

Bartstop
08-20-2010, 03:07 PM
I wish I could get a CostCo membership, but they don't accept the Visa Logo'ed check card from my back (accepted everywhere Visa is my furry patootie!!) and I doubt I've ever used a paper check through this account. Not even sure I have any...

I think you need to call them to verify. I use my Visa Debit card there all the time. They won't take regular visa "credit" cards but Debit cards they will (have to use a pin). I think it's a deal they have with American Express.


As for Sams, Sams Club = Walmart. Walmart is one of the biggest reasons our manufacturing sector (and who knows how many jobs) is all but gone. I'm not going to get in to all the reasons again (do a search) but the stronger Walmart gets, the stronger China gets. I won't give that freaking company one penny of my hard earned money. That's all I'm going to say on that subject.:mad2:


Bartstop

zydecopaws
08-20-2010, 03:12 PM
We don't have a Sam's close, so it is a no-brainer to have the Costlyco membership. Fortunately we have a Cash & Carry for the meats Costlyco never seems to carry up here (spares, full packer brisket, and lately pork butts). Nice thing about the Cash & Carry is there are no membership fees.

Grillman
08-20-2010, 03:17 PM
Have you tried SMARTCO (http://www.smartcofoods.com/Homepage.aspx), this one at 10935 Firestone Blvd. may be close to
you. If not there are others in your area. Where you live, it may be
called "Smart and Final".

They are a smaller version of Sam's and Costco; but they do not have
any membership fees. Like any store, you need to know your prices, to
get the best value for your money.

1FUNVET
08-20-2010, 03:29 PM
Only Sam's here. No Costco even close.:tsk:

Well, i just checked and closest one is 145 miles away.

huminie
08-20-2010, 03:41 PM
I'm the opposite...only Costco here and no Sam's nearby. I have the Executive membership and it pays for itself every year and then some. I love costco meat in general, but their butts are de-boned and I have never seen a brisket there. Great for chicken an ribs though. AND they carry PRIME steaks! Nuthing like a prime ribeye every now and then!

I also shop at a place called Smart and Final...they have brisket, ribs and sometimes pork butts...and lots of restaurant supplies.

JazzyBadger
08-20-2010, 03:56 PM
I used to go to Sam's, haven't had a membership for about three years now because I just don't like Wal-Mart and its affiliates that much.

I've heard great things about Costco anytime I hear anything about them, mostly from my wife, but have never been to one myself. The closest one to my house is 60 miles away.

FullBoar
08-20-2010, 04:00 PM
Sams Club is a subsidiary of Wal Mart. Wal Mart is a subsidiary of The Peoples Republic Of China.
Costco! No Brainer:-P

Mitch
08-20-2010, 04:05 PM
I like Chinese food. :-)

nlsteve
08-20-2010, 04:30 PM
Is it forbidden to ask the butchers at Costco if they can do something a little special, like a bone-in pork butt? I am new to Costco and have never tried asking for a favor like that like I might at my local grocery store.

che22879
08-20-2010, 04:40 PM
The costco in my area has better quality beef, they even carry premium. Sams club dont! I only have my sams membership though. What they do have is always top quality. I do wish I had the cosco membership.

CmdCtrl
08-20-2010, 04:44 PM
I have a Costco and Sams club each 1 block away, one north and one south but I prefer the Smart and Final 1 mi east... gotta find something to my west now.

I prever costco over sams but smart n final over both for meats.

Southern Home Boy
08-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Hmmmm... Closest S&F is 768 miles away.... Think I'll stick w/Costco and Sam's. :wink:

Smoothsmoke
08-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Thanks everyone! I guess the consensus is Costco! I do have a Smart and Final near by but never have paid much attention to their butts/ribs. I only pick up my buffalo wings there. I will go now to see what I can mustard up with for this weekend.

spanky71
08-20-2010, 04:51 PM
I have to agree about Smart and final their meat has always been good. However Costco prime in southern cal is also very good when they have it.

HB-BBQ
08-20-2010, 04:54 PM
Is it forbidden to ask the butchers at Costco if they can do something a little special, like a bone-in pork butt? I am new to Costco and have never tried asking for a favor like that like I might at my local grocery store.Our Costco gets them in from their packer already boneless. I prefer them boneless myself...our Sam's carries only bone-in which is why I buy mine at Costco.

The one thing I do like about Sam's is they let business members in at 7am. Costco doesn't offer that and makes you wait until 9:30/10am depending on the day to shop with the general public.

Crazy Harry
08-20-2010, 05:22 PM
No Sams here, just Costco and Cash&Carry.

parrdist
08-20-2010, 06:08 PM
No to Wal Mart/Sam's. "Momma say's their the Devil"

campdude
08-20-2010, 07:54 PM
I've always been happy with Costco. Don't shop at Sam's or Walmart. In the past I've gotten good meat at Smart and Final before but was in there recently and was not impressed. I've heard of a place in San Bernardino, Ca. called Frank's Wholesale Meat. I've heard very good things about it, but have not taken the drive out there to check it out yet.

Saiko
08-20-2010, 07:54 PM
Costco and Restaurant Depot are the best combinations IMO. I go to Costco for my every day stuff like ribeyes, spares, etc. RD is for briskets, bone in pork butts and spices.
If you get a KCBS membership you can get a day pass to any RD.

dapittboss
08-20-2010, 08:40 PM
I love being able to go to the slaughter house down the street and get fresh meat. They slaughter on Wednesdays. I could never do that when I lived in CA, but here in KY people seem to think it's no big deal. I think it's cool. The pork is awesome and special cuts are no problem.

MACS
08-20-2010, 10:57 PM
The costco I go to only has brisket flats, no whole packers, which stinks. I absolutely love costco ribeye steaks, though and as stated, the fish and chicken is good, too.

Never got a pork butt from them... usually go to Stater Bros for that and whole packer briskets.

I do not have a Sam's club membership. I thought it was walmart on 'roids and the walmart near me has a c-r-a-p-p-y selection of meats. Maybe I should go take a look, eh?

Chef Jim
08-20-2010, 11:44 PM
I have found that they all vary in different locations. Used to belong to Cosco, now it sucks. Sam's in one location is different from the one 5 miles away. BJ's still different again. You should shop them all and pick the one that suites your needs the best.

Smokesman
08-21-2010, 12:07 AM
Dude, you are the luckiest BBQ'er alive. Via google maps you are literally surrounded by no less than 8 Restaurant Depot's. Their prices, selection, and turn-over is great and membership is free. While RD is technically "wholesale only" it is pretty easy to qualify for membership. While we are legitimately moving into catering and as yet do not have a business license all we needed was a business card to get a membership. If your a KCBS member you can get day passes. Any non-profit can get a membership as well.

Since your actual question was Sam's or Costco (if RD turns out not to be an option) and you need to pick just one then store to store Costco hands down. Comparing meat departments muddles it though. Selection varies from one to another. Of the KCBS 4 our Costco always has choice brisket flats, spare and loin backs and of course chicken but rarely pork butts - the rest of the meat dept. is awesome. Our Sam's OTOH always has all 4 and their briskies are CAB (but still flats only) however selection in more specialty cuts doesn't come close to Costco. The quality nod again goes to Costco. Hope this helps!

Desert Dweller
08-21-2010, 07:31 AM
A friend of mine who has a Sam's Club Membership and I with my Costco Membership did a cross-comparrison of their meats the other day. Mostly we noted that Costco better trims their meat. Less excess exterior fat. I do not like that they de-bone the Pork Butts, but I usually get those at RD anyway. Better trimmed ribs and very nicely trimmed Brisket Flats at Costco to be sure. AND, as has been said, those Prime Ribeyes are hard to beat!

Slamdunkpro
08-21-2010, 10:35 AM
If you get a KCBS membership you can get a day pass to any RD.
According to KCBS and RD that program has been discontinued/suspended.

Smoothsmoke
08-21-2010, 11:19 AM
Dude, you are the luckiest BBQ'er alive. Via google maps you are literally surrounded by no less than 8 Restaurant Depot's. Their prices, selection, and turn-over is great and membership is free. While RD is technically "wholesale only" it is pretty easy to qualify for membership. While we are legitimately moving into catering and as yet do not have a business license all we needed was a business card to get a membership. If your a KCBS member you can get day passes. Any non-profit can get a membership as well.

Since your actual question was Sam's or Costco (if RD turns out not to be an option) and you need to pick just one then store to store Costco hands down. Comparing meat departments muddles it though. Selection varies from one to another. Of the KCBS 4 our Costco always has choice brisket flats, spare and loin backs and of course chicken but rarely pork butts - the rest of the meat dept. is awesome. Our Sam's OTOH always has all 4 and their briskies are CAB (but still flats only) however selection in more specialty cuts doesn't come close to Costco. The quality nod again goes to Costco. Hope this helps!

I've never been to RD before. I really want to go, but I heard that KCBS and RD no long have an agreement in place. I'd love just to go check it it out first. I have a RD 3 minutes away from my job. :mad:

I believe I'll continue my Costco membership. I just hate going there because I go to only buy meat, and end up buying all kinds of crap and over spending.

chilidic
08-21-2010, 02:02 PM
I've shopped at both Sams and Cosco for meats and I find that it depends on the area your in (city, state ) as to which has the best meats.

Smokesman
08-21-2010, 02:45 PM
I've never been to RD before. I really want to go, but I heard that KCBS and RD no long have an agreement in place. I'd love just to go check it it out first. I have a RD 3 minutes away from my job. :mad:

I believe I'll continue my Costco membership. I just hate going there because I go to only buy meat, and end up buying all kinds of crap and over spending.

Good call! If I had to pick one over the other it would be Costco.

MillerTime
08-21-2010, 05:49 PM
According to KCBS and RD that program has been discontinued/suspended.

NOOOOOOO! Say it aint so! Now I have to find another way to get in there.

KCBS is still advertising it on their site so I wonder if this is just rumor or they haven't updated their site.