So a little while ago, I ordered a brisket from a local abattoir. When I picked it up it was late, I was in a hurry, and didn't look at it closely, as it was wrapped in butcher paper. When I got it home, I put it in my freezer till I was on days off again, and thought to my self it was a tad thin! Hmmm, Was about to look at it, and got "called" to duty, by SWMBO, and never thought about it again for a while. Fast forward to yesterday. I took it out, unwrapped it to cut the 17 pound beast in half, intending to make a Montreal Smoked meat. Holy crap! It was thin! And missing the point, all I got was the flat! Crap! Well I grumbled at my haste and stupidity, and brought the half into the kitchen, to apply the spices/cure. Ground and mixed all the ingredients, and unwrapped the brisket in good light, and thought I had grabbed a pork belly by mistake, checked the wrap, and confirmed it as the brisket! Wow it was mostly fat! I sucked it up, rubbed, wrapped the brisket, and into the refrigerator.
At work today, this was bugging me so I called the packer, And mentioned politely, my issue with a prime, grass fed hunk of brisket, missing the point, and being mostly fat! So to my surprise, he says bring it back!! Huh? I told him thanks, but I already cut it in half, and had one half spiced/cured. No problem he says, he is planning to process 4 young steers on monday, and will custom cut me a brisket, and exchange me pound for pound. I asked again about the spiced portion, and he said "We want to make it right"
I have to say, I was floored, and he has earned my business. Sorry for the long winded tale, but had to pass it along. There are still a few out there that care!