Beef Pricing

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by sctdg35, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. I live in NJ and know that it is expensive to live in this state ,so when I hear people on this site talking about the low prices they pay for such things as Brisket I just chalked it up as typical getting beat in NJ again . Well I found this

    Thought you might find it interesting . It does justify the $4.49 per pound flat choice Brisket I bought at BJ's the other day .Hearing prices like 2.99 on this site and less made me feel that wow we really are getting ripped off here in Jersey . What I found on that Government site say's something else . Not saying that you can trust the Government , especially can;'t trust what's in the White House now , but it does give a good sampling of what is going on with beef prices .  Anyhow thought someone here might find it interesting . 
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  2. Prices at my local grocery store are about double what WalMart charges. Upon further investigation I found my local grocery store sells Choice while WalMart sells Select, which accounts for much of the price difference. So when comparing prices be sure you are comparing apples to apples.
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  3. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Great advice BadMoon! In most cases it is well worth the price differance
  4. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    There, fixed it for you. [​IMG]
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bah.... I can't ever seem to get a simply thing like hamburger anymore! Used to be what was called hamburger was a 27% fat grind. Now All you see is 80/20 usually chuck. I can't seem to even get my butcher to do that because they don't do enough beef sales to get enough fat I assume to package much except the lean 15% fat. When they announce a sale you better be the first hog to the trough.

    Lets see, they buy the ground meat then mix in the fat, this is from what I have read anyway.  So they have a sale on 80/20 for 2.99 a pound and then stiff ya with all they have is the 5.99/lb lean 15%. I am starting to see a method to their madness.

    Sneaky butchers........
  6. pigbark

    pigbark Smoke Blower

    Butchers? I don't think we see as many true butchers any more.. I see more fridge packers than anything as a lot of meats are processed at plants ... Im a truck driver and  I havnt heard of to many loads of swinging meat, if any.. its all packed now... When I was younger my dad used to go to the meat market every Saturday and pick up his order, where did the good times go?
  7. richjt92

    richjt92 Fire Starter

    Vacuum packed untrimmed brisket was $2.56/pound in Panama City, Fl before I moved to Newport News, it is $2.38/lb.

    $5/lb sounds like trimmed brisket not untrimmed....

    If Wal-Mart does not have it on the shelf then ask for it...they can order it...

  8. This thread is two weeks old and this is the message I get when going to the site:

    Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.

    After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to

    become available again.

    Truly a sad state of affairs!
  9. matthew evans

    matthew evans Newbie

    Here in Ann arbor, most places it's 3.50 a lb...6.99 trimmed. Personally 3.50 sounds good. But I guess if you are used to less it might seem steep.
  10. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep,  this is what is at the PDF link today (October 7th). 

    Not to hijack the thread, but it is one thing to have something that is not changed because the employees are furloughed.  It's another to deliberately screw up as much of the country as you can just to make your point.  I never realized there we so many 2 year old's in positions of authority in the federal government until this year (as in I can't get my way, so I'm going to take ALL my toys and go home).  Then there are those who will try and justify what they are doing at the instruction of the 2 year old's by saying "I was just doing what my supervisor's told me".  How soon we forgot history.  That excuse has never worked before......

    Ok, rant over....

  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Didn't you love where the reporter asked Hillary if she had to sweep her office floors or take out her own trash yet. She ignored him.

    I seriously believed that the sequestion would be a real wake up call, it wasn't the government only used it as an excuse to clean what they couldn't before.

    Now with the shutdown, nothing is going to happen.... sooner or later we will have to pay the piper. Its comming, Russia has almost recovered from theirs now.

    I loved this guys write up:

    For some reason the media does not get it. This is NOT about Obamacare. Obamacare is the proverbial "line in the sand". This is about economic reality. Quite frankly I don't want to see another bill passed until this country establishes a "pay as you go program". The debt ceiling is this nations credit card and America is a credit card junky. Credit cards have led to the bankruptcy of more people than anything else in the history of mankind.

    Consider: You are a banker and a customer walks into your business:
    The customer's current obligated debt is 16.7 trillion with a spending to income ratio of about 6:1.

    The client's gross obligated debt is about 59.3 Trillion.
    Your customer's unfunded liabilities are 123.4 Trillion: I.E. bills coming due sooner or later.
    The total assets of your customer is only $93 Trillion.
    On closer look you see your customers interest payments on debt exceed revenue by 100:1
    I.E. for every dollar your customer makes he pays out $100 because of interest on unpaid bills.

    If you were a banker would you give this customer a loan?

    Remember Obama's speech on the US Senate floor on March 16, 2006? "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

    They made car insurance mandatory to save use money, anyone see a rate decrease? <Chuckles>  Now they are making ALL medical insurance mandatory, they are just locking in the higher prices. Have you not read where the Doctor reverted to a cash only policy? He dropped his prices by over 50% because he didn't have to file paperwork and could do as he saw fit instead of what the insurance required?

    I appoligize, will step down from my soapbox, this is not the appropreiate place.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
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