Central Florida Butcher?

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by maloff28, May 27, 2011.

  1. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    Can anyone suggest a good place to get beef and pork in the Orlando area? Tough to get brisket from publix. SAMs and Costco seem to have supply issues. Any Recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try Google yet??

  3. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Try these yet?


  4. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    I have not tried them.  I am on the other side of town, near Disney.  Have heard of petty's but was hoping not to have to go all the way to longwood.  May have to make the journey though.  Thank you for the suggestions.
  5. tank13

    tank13 Newbie

    I have heard good things about Pettys.  Cavalarri's Good quality but you will pay for it.  Expensive..

    I use Hopkins in Sanford.  Very reasonable price great meat all around...
  6. williasa

    williasa Newbie

    Does Cavalarris sell briskets and meats that have not been stuffed or mixed? Anytime I have been in there they always have stuffed chicken, sausages, chicken, steak, and shrimp kabobs and other kinds of "pre-assembled" meats, but I haven't seen any "raw" or "untouched" meats. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough, I always get way to excited when I go in there!
  7. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    From my understanding, yes. There's a few forum members on another board that get USDA Prime steaks for $13/lb, USDA Prime briskets for $3-4/lb, etc.

    I haven't been there, since it's a bit further than I'd like to travel. But here it's a very good place for meat.
  8. One good reason to go to Petty's, they have free beer! I will admit I have not been to their market in a while but I always thought that the cold keg and stack of cups in the back of the store was a nice touch. Other than going there, I usually have no trouble finding something good at Costco, Sams, or BJ's. As a matter of fact, I was at Costco's over in Altamonte Springs the other day and they had a large selection of fresh brisket and baby backs from their inhouse butcher not the shipped in vacuum sealed stuff they usualy offer (looked nice). I also live in Central Florida and now that I own a new smoker, I will look around for other butchers and report back.
  9. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    Thank you dvdslw!  Nice to hear from another person in the area.  I did end up at petty's for a brisket i did last month. Went to Walmart, Costco (south orlando) public, and Sams.  Not one had a packer cut!  On top of that petty's was $5 per lb!  Seems high compared to other folks i talk to around the country.

    Brisket turned out great BTW.
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just go a bit west - Central/North Texas... full packer brisket 1.99 lb.
  11. ebabcock

    ebabcock Newbie

    I'm also in Apopka, FL and just got a new smoker.   Any updates on finding the best places to buy meats around Central Florida? 
  12. papacurtis

    papacurtis Smoke Blower

    Crazy the meat and produce prices here in Florida. When i hear what people on here from the midwest and texas pay for their beef etc., it makes my blood pressure go up.😡
  13. ebabcock

    ebabcock Newbie

    Yes, I'm originally from Michigan.  What it costs here compared to back home is crazy.  I got a beef brisket from Publix yesterday and it turned out great, but then again I'm still new to smoking.   
  14. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    PapaCurtis and EBabcock, don't get me started... I've got a buddy outside of St. Louis who tells me he pays less than $2 a pound for Angus brisket!!! It would be cheaper for me to have him buy it, and ship it FedEx on dry ice than to buy locally!  I paid $3.79 a pound for a 17 lb packer from Petty's in Longwood.  That seems to be the only place that I can find whole packers.  I live on the southwest side of town, so it is almost 2 hrs round trip for me to go there.

    I guess there is another place in Winter Park, but when I checked they were $5-7/lb.

    Maybe we are missing an opportunity and should open up a shop!

  15. I may be commenting on a dead thread, but.. I called Petty's and a whole packer is $5.59 a pound. 

    I found pork butt's for $1.39 a pound at Mater's and Tater's in Apopka (might just be on special this week). 

    Looking to try Choice Meats in Winter Garden. I hear they carry whole packer briskets. 

    There is an IGA in Sorrento that does meat bundles. I have not tried them but hear good things. No briskets though. 
  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks for the heads up!

    I see that this your first post, so welcome to SMF!

    Would you do us a favor & swing over to roll call & introduce yourself, so we can all give you a proper SMF welcome.


  17. j1ceasar

    j1ceasar Newbie

    Walmart sells packers, last year bought 2 for slow roasting at my Passover seder
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  18. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    Thank you. I used to do them for passover too, but have given up. They have become very expensive for what used to be an inexpensive cut of meat. I was able to do a rib roast for almost the same price!
  19. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    Unfortunately I am on the other side of town. It is an hour each way to Petty's! I have a membership at Restaurant Depot, but have not tried their meat yet.
  20. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Walmart sells Choice packers for $1.69 per pound here in Sebring.

    I would think their other FL stores would be about the same, except for over on the coast.


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