What's a good price for Pork Bellies? Quick Question, thanks!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by thoseguys26, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    It's hard to find PB's anywhere besides butchers but my Italian friend is getting a case for $2.10 /lb which I figured is a good price knowing what you pay for finished bacon at the store.  I am just curious what PB is averaging per lb these days because I haven't made it to the butcher to compare.

    Thanks!
     
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Untrimmed with rind on by the case i paid $ 1.80 lb 4 or 5 months ago.
     
  3. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Mmm these are Untrimmed rind on. Thanks I am just curious if this would be a deal or just average price.
     
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Price of pork changes pretty quick.  call around and ask,  you may not be able to find it anywhere else.
     
  5. I am paying $1.20/lb here for untrimmed.  That is for one belly.  I can buy trimmed belly for $1.70/lb, but then I need to buy a 50# box, which I will actually be doing the next time I make bacon.  The same store sells Oscar Meyer extra thick cut bacon for $3.09/lb.  There may not be much of a difference in price, but you will definately notice the difference in taste.  Nothing compares to home made bacon.
     
  6. I wish I could get those prices. I just called the butcher yesterday and the are running $2.59 lb untrimmed.
     
  7. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Paid $2.19 few weeks ago
     
  8. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    I just priced some last week at $2.45/lb trimmed.
     
  9. I get my fresh side meat from a family run butcher shop not far from me.  Trimmed with rind/skin on.  Anything below 50 pounds runs me $2.29 a pound, but it's fresh and hasn't been frozen.  They also let me pick the side meat (bellies) I want.  Great little mom and pop place and they treat their customers great.  I have about 7 pounds curing now.

    -Salt
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012
  10. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    When I last bought a case a few months ago it was $2.29/lbs.
     
  11. Just found a place that quoted me $1.99 per lb.  Not sure if that's trimmed or not.  Going to try to go get some tonight!
     
  12. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys. Just wondering what the pork belly world looks like cost-wise. I guess it's a pretty decent price so I'll have to go for it. Can't wait to try my first batch of BACON!
     
  13. Jeez! I pay 3.49lb for my bellies! They dont have the rind on them, and they appear to be trimmed, reckon thats why they are so high?
     
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Found trimmed bellies for $1.99 lb  this week. 50 lb + cases.
     
  15. mlrtime

    mlrtime Fire Starter

    whole foods gets 5.29 for local pork belly i gues that very expensive but the bacon is 9 bucks a pound.
     
  16. jkc64

    jkc64 Meat Mopper

    I had a local butcher quote me 1.99lb for a 60lb case 2 weeks ago. I don't know if they are trimmed or not and I don't have the space for that much yet.
     

  17. Everything is expensive at whole foods.
     
  18. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead


    Not here it isn't. $2.29/lbs a couple months ago when I last ordered bellies.
     
  19. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The butcher I get most of my meat from, does not stock them. He can get them but the suppler he buys from has a 5 case min order. Price is right but 250#-300# PB is just too much, I think he said it was $1.39. The other place I buy from don't want to sell them as they make there own bacon, they will but the price is outrages at $3.99, just a tad under what they sell there bacon for. However all is not lost as my good butcher is checking around to see what he can find for me. 
     
  20. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Holy Pork Batman, apparently you are all bacon junkies! I didn't expect such an awesome response from so many of you on the topic but then again, it's pre-bacon!

    Thanks for the info so in return when my Pbelly comes I'll do my thing and take photos and describe the process (even if I know you all have already perfected it). I cannot wait.

    PS I'm in stage two of my prosciutto! Cya in 4-5 months!
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012

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