Great stuff! Working Hartlepool at the moment but I'm from Sunderland!!!!
Well boys I think I may have scored 8 draws with this butcher from Birtley!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been to his shop this morning for a 4 hours education on meat butchery and what a wealth of knowledge and skill this man has!!! It was like Christmas morning for me, I was that excited I felt a "twinge of delight". The man is also a property developer (New Builds) so can afford to take a few chances experimenting with the meat for us.
So Previously on "Butcher Convert"................ Martin the Butcher was to get a Bone in Brisket and butcher it for me to compare with the T & G Packer cut which he though was a bit short. He was also going to price up the brisket to see what he could do for us..................
Now straight off the bat I can see why T & G and all of the others are charging higher prices and that's because of the probable unwanted wasted off cuts (Spicy Texan Beef links would be the answer to those). However Martin brought out the Brisket that had been hanging for me and don't worry I have pictures of the whole procedure so bear with me. The gross weight of the brisket as it stood was 16KG bone in. Now first off he can do this whole brisket for us at around £65.00 (different weights), that works out at just over £4.00 per kilo but he is willing to separate rib Bone out and the plate (all will become evident from the pictures) so you have 3 pieces of meat for your money.If however you just want the packer cut weighing in at around 8.6KG then its at around £7.50 per kilo as he has to get rid of the surplus and bones etc (it costs him £50 to get rid of bones these days) which are of no real value. He is trying to press 2 wholesales for cheaper supply which he will pass on to us if he can get a regular trade. As this one was a one off I don't think he did too badly for establishing a starting point
So.................. Here we will start the picture process
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The Brisket Uncut
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James Baxter (open all hours actor) checking out the brisket
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The T & G Packer cut @ £50.00 plus delivery
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Martin Boning out the back bone
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Taking out the rib bones (sold as African Ribs in Geo Bowlems)
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The UK Packer Cut under side (look at the length more like Franklin's now)
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The UK Packer Cut Top Side
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The 3 cuts you get for the money
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Plate end on
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African Ribs end on
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Vac packed and ready to take home
And that is how you would get them!! By the way the T & G was missing the plate end which he said does have nice meat on it!
Martin can be contacted at 0191 4102101 or 07931 33096 and just mention me Brian he will know. His business is also on Facebook " Martin Baxter Butcher" But if you want the Briskets give a couple of days to get it in for you.
We are now moving on to Boston Butt and Ribs so watch this space but at least one mystery is solved, USDA cuts can be done
Hope this helps boys and girls