Finally found a local butcher who carries pork belly; skin on or skin off, cut to size......$7.99 a pound!!!!!!
I guess I'll keep looking...
That guy must be either smoking the rind or too many head first crashes into the waves!!! $7.99/lb....really? If I wanted to and have bought some really good smoked bacon from a farmers market for $4.99/lb. All you have to do is cook it and eat it. But than again, I am not familiar with pork belly prices throughout the nation.
I do have to admit, I'm more than a little jealous of my friends south of the border when it comes to pricing on a lot of these cuts.
I just came from one of my local butchers. I asked how much he could sell me a pork belly. I was told from $4.50-$5 a pound.
I have the impression that I'm being gouged since there is so little choice around here. I'm going to go and chat with the butcher at a few other markets in the area, hopefully I'll find something better.
I can only wish for that kind of pricing so far. I'm in eastern Quebec. Around here, people wouldn't know what to do with a pork belly if they saw it, so butchers don't order them unless you badger them.
Then you get the standard questions like: "What are you going to do with that?" or "Are you sure you know what you're doing?" or "You sure you wouldn't like a nice T-Bone instead?"
I've got a couple more places to check, hopefully I'll find something more interesting on the pricing front.
Prices have really jumped up for bellies out here in British Columbia also.In January i was paying around $3.Lb cdn and last week they were up over $4.25lb cdn.( from a small wholesaler on select lean belly that i buy from)