First off my computer died, so I have to borrow my daughters tiny Notebook 'puter...BIG fingers...tiny buttons...So It may take time to load Qview.
I wanted to smoke some short ribs and try a new Rub and Texas Dip sauce i have been working on. I told my wife I would order 10 pieces of Short Ribs, about 8 pounds, from my favorite butcher at a cost of $ 3.55 a pound. Bev complained that nobody wanted to drive the 1 hour round trip to the butcher and would check them out at the local Grocery. The store did not have any so she checked at work, Bev is the Asst Purchasing Mgr for the local Hilton Hotel. Her boss told her that she was in luck as they had just received 70 lbs that morning and she could take what she wants and they would square up the following week. There was great celebration! These babies were beautiful...They got a good coat of Rub and into the fridge for 24. We also got a rack of Babybacks because the kids never had beef ribs and wanted a backup. I started to run a session of 3-2-1 on all but timing issues turned the job into a 4-2-0. All meats came out beautiful looking and rested while Cheffie Daughter Casey finished the sides and setup the Plate Stylizing for Qview. I'm going to miss her, she went back to the CIA on monday.
We all sat down to eat...the Babybacks were Amazing, best I have ever made! The SR were tasty but had the texture of Roast Beef, edible but far from tender! What was not on the plates went back into foil pans with a good dose of Texas Dip and back into the oven at 225*F for another hour. Since we ate the other stuff the SR's went in the fridge to be eaten tomorrow.
SO...Bev went to work today and calls a couple of hours later FREAKING OUT!!!
The invoice from the Hiltons meat distibutor came across her desk and the price per pound for Custom cut, 12oz, 3 bone, cross cut Short Ribs is....$ 13.95 PER POUND!!!!! WTF!!!
Bev finds her boss to figure out if this is a mistake or "KOBE BEEF" or what? He tells her no it is Choice but because of the rush order they made for an event they did, that was the correct price.
The Lesson...Stick with the Butcher you know and trust! To save 1 hour travel and a couple of gallons of gas,an OK Short Rib Dinner cost me...$111.60 just for the MEAT!...JJ
Edited by Chef JimmyJ - 8/4/11 at 12:30am