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Having trouble finding a brisket

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

I've been looking in my locla grocery stores for a brisket, but all I'm seeing is a corned beef brisket. Advice please.

post #2 of 33

My local grocery stores don't carry them either.I go to Sams or Walmart or Costco or Resturant Depot.. Or maybe there is a local meat shop? Good luck......

post #3 of 33

I've always expected to find such things at the same places you've looked. Imagine my surprise when I found full briskets (and lots of them) at our WalMart. I don't do grocery shopping there, but now I can usually find the larger cuts there when I don't feel like driving a couple towns over to the butcher shop.

post #4 of 33

I  have smoked several  corn beef brisket and all have turned out real good. you may want to try.

post #5 of 33

I would go to some of them places that Mike (Jax Gator) said to look in. You have to be able to buy a good brisket somewhere in your town. So keep looking for you always want some good brisket for some really good entertaining grub.

post #6 of 33

I googled "upstate sc butcher" and found some stuff.  Where exactly are you?  There's an Anderson Butcher Shop I might have to stop at next time I drive by Easley.

post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 

I'm in  Spartanburg, SC. Did find a butcher Greenville....thanks for the idea. 

Edited by stickyFingers - 6/26/10 at 9:00pm
post #8 of 33

Let us know what you find.  I live in NC but work in GA alot so I pick stuff up along the way home all the time.

post #9 of 33

Maybe you can find a local rancher or wholesaler, too.  While they typically sell in bulk, sometimes you can custom-order specific cuts from them.  This is the case where I am -- I can call up the ranch on Monday and say "I need such-and-such", and he will have it fresh for me on Thursday.

post #10 of 33

For some reason up here in Boston, the local chain stores dont carry fresh brisket uncorned or pork butts. being in food service I buy direct from a large meat packer. When I have asked at the stores, they look at me like i have two heads. not alot of people do smoking in this area. There are some, but not untill I started did people on my block even now how to do it and how long and a labor of love it is. Now when I get the smoker going they know that good things are on the way. I always share, but not the burnt bits. lol

post #11 of 33

Yep I always hit up Walmart or Sams Club when I do a brisket.

post #12 of 33
Thread Starter 

I found a nice selection of briskets at a local Publix. Fresh not frozen.

post #13 of 33

Sometimes my Shop-rite has them other times they don't.  I've got to give Walmart a try

post #14 of 33

Get mine at Restaurant Depot here in NJ.

post #15 of 33

Lucky for me I have a very nice market close by with a truly awesome meat department. It's chock full of good butchers and they will cut anything I want special for my  smoker. They have great meat there too. For anyone near me, Los Gatos, CA, or the SF bay area, it's a small chain called Larnadis. http://www.lunardis.com/

However, I still do buy some stuff at Costco.


Where in upstate SC, I went to HS in Cheraw?

post #16 of 33

A little TidBit about Walmart meat (not sure about Sam's). It is pre-packaged days before it reaches there distribution centers, it may stay there for a few days before it reaches the store so they pump them full with preservatives. My wife found this out a few years ago when the company started changing structually after the Walton's were no longer running the business. I have bought the same cut meat there and at the local grocery store and there is a difference in look and in taste. I know several people, some Walmart employee's, who have stopped buying meat there because of this. Just a little heads up.

post #17 of 33


Can't help the OP but it looks like they've found a butcher for their needs.




I've been able to find flat's @ BJ's pretty reliably. Granted, they're smaller (4# to 6#) and no whole packers, but I'm there fairly often anyhow. Also, they've almost always got single packed butts. every now and again I can find the two pack.

Originally Posted by patriots View Post

For some reason up here in Boston, the local chain stores dont carry fresh brisket uncorned or pork butts.

post #18 of 33

Thanks for the heads up  Chiliehead

post #19 of 33

Does Restaurant Depot require some sort of proof of business to use them?

post #20 of 33

You could always talk to the manager of your local grocery store and see if he can order one for you.

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