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Pork belly costs?

post #1 of 105
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hey guys, for those of you who buy pork belly to turn into bacon, how large of a piece of meat are you getting and roughly what does it cost you?

 

I found one place online that's wanting nearly $50 for 8lbs of pork belly.  If that's how much I'm going to pay for bacon, I think I have to stick with Buckboard style when I get started here soon.

 

Any input is appreciated, and no, I haven't checked with the butcher shop just yet.

post #2 of 105

Check with the butcher shop!!  They should be happy to order a 3 piece (1/2) case for you.  About 13lbs per slab  so about 40 lbs of green bacon.   Cost depends on price of pork.  I paid 1.69 lb 3 months ago and 1.89 lb last week.   If you find a smaller butcher willing to work with you and you develop a good relationship with them they will usually do anything they can for you.  In this instance I think the Mom and Pop shop is the place to go. 

 

Al

post #3 of 105

Where do you live?

In  Atlanta 2.49 is the normal price for skin on large pieces.

post #4 of 105

Last one i got was 10lb @ $2.29

post #5 of 105

What they are chaeging you (over $6 lb ) is rediculos. You can buy some really great bacon allready smoked and sliced for that.

 If i had to pay that for bellies i wouldn't bother.

post #6 of 105
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, that base pricing helps me a bunch.  I'll be giving the butcher a call this week.

 

I'm in Columbia, SC, and like I had mentioned, I haven't checked around much locally.  But I plan to now.

post #7 of 105

I last paid 2.99  a pound. Well worth it. Ain't nothing like homemade.

post #8 of 105

Last time, I paid 2.69 lb.

post #9 of 105

Last time it was about $2.60 #  I am picking up 20# tomorrow so I will let you know

post #10 of 105

Hi all,

 

I live in Gainesville, GA and am trying to find a place local to buy Pork Belly but so far have had no luck.  I'd like to avoid driving in to Atlanta if I can (moved up here to get away from those 20 mile 2 hour commutes)!

 

I've been through the phone book and called all the local butchers/supermarkets I can find with no luck.  Any help would be sincerely appreciated!  I *will* drive to Atlanta if I have no other choice!!

 

Thanks folks,

 

Ben

post #11 of 105

Check w/ any hispanic or oriental mkts around .I have found that the hispanic mkts that have a butcher shop usually have pork belliies.

post #12 of 105
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Originally Posted by Malisaw View Post

Hi all,

 

I live in Gainesville, GA and am trying to find a place local to buy Pork Belly but so far have had no luck.  I'd like to avoid driving in to Atlanta if I can (moved up here to get away from those 20 mile 2 hour commutes)!

 

I've been through the phone book and called all the local butchers/supermarkets I can find with no luck.  Any help would be sincerely appreciated!  I *will* drive to Atlanta if I have no other choice!!

 

Thanks folks,

 

Ben



There is a new Super H Mart in Suwanee.

http://www.hmart.com/company_new/shop_store.asp?store_code=SWN 

 

Have fun. I have a few posts about my shopping experience there. See the butcher, negotiate the price for the big piece.

OH Yeah ..the help dont speak much english.

Have a great day

 

  Craig

post #13 of 105

Thanks for the quick replies.  I will see if the roads are clear enough to run down to Super H today -- since I'm officially off biggrin.gif

 

Craig, I read elsewhere that you made some bacon using BC's recipe -- would you have a link to that?  I've read enough to where I think I'll do fine - but if you have one you love I'd love to give it a try!

 

Thanks much guys -> looking forward to my first batch of bacon....then it's off to find juniper berries for pastrami!!

post #14 of 105

This site has a great search tool at the top of the page.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/96761/smoked-bacon-step-by-step-with-qview 

post #15 of 105

Your local homebrew shop may have juniper berries. Mine does.

post #16 of 105

I generally have to pay 2.25-2.59 for bellies tho last year I did get some wholesale for 1.04 a lb. I'm hoping to get a good price on some soon as I'm now out of bacon mad.gif

post #17 of 105

We have a place here that is a meat purveyor, you know the place that all the local restaurants buy their meat from.  They have a store on the side of the building and they have the best prices in town by far. 

 

I bought a 11.5# belly from there last week and paid $1.79/lb

 

on a side note, I bought a 10lb box of chicken wings there for new years and only paid $1.49/lb....that's awesome....icon_mrgreen.gif

post #18 of 105
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Originally Posted by meatnbeer View Post

We have a place here that is a meat purveyor, you know the place that all the local restaurants buy their meat from.  They have a store on the side of the building and they have the best prices in town by far. 

 

I bought a 11.5# belly from there last week and paid $1.79/lb

 

on a side note, I bought a 10lb box of chicken wings there for new years and only paid $1.49....that's awesome....icon_mrgreen.gif

You paid $1.49 for 10lbs of wings???  Man, I'd be living in some wings for that price.
 

post #19 of 105

I found some at Fergusons Meat Market (http://fergusonsmeatmarket.com/).  Guy named John there has it for $1.99 lb for 10 lbs... less if you buy more.

post #20 of 105

One of my local grocery stores has it on for $1.59 per pound. Shoulder & Ham is going for .99 per pound right now.

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