ANYBODY ??? I see all these $1.98 stuff you guys buy and I want some. Smoke house around here selling it cooked for $11 a pound (KBQ).
I don't know what store chains are in your area...my source for packers is Sam's Club or Walmart Supercenter...was 1.88/lb @ Sam's until a few months back...now it's 1.98, but Walmart is 2.29 reg, and sometimes on sale for 1.88. Center cuts (trimmed flat cut) @ Walmart are reg 3.44/lb, Sam's are 3.29 (if I remember correctly).
Maybe if you can't find a reasonably priced source locally, you can wait until you have a day trip planned and bring a cooler to ice-down and fill with packers to take home? That's what we do about 3 times a year.
Happy brisket hunting!
ditto here for Walmart - In Virginia they normally have the full packer for $1.98 a pound. I will sometimes get it from Costco for $1.88 however from I've found it's hit or miss (quality wise) from Costco
Full packer is the flat/point intact and un-trimmed. About 1/3 of a packer is fat-cap and fat inbetween the two muscles. You're paying for trimming off fat etc. when you buy a center cut (trimmed flat)...but without the point, you get no burnt ends
I'll be doing my first Brisket tomorrow. Picked up a 13 pounder from Restaurant depot yesterday. $2.04/lb Full Packer. Beats the crap out of grocery store prices.
If you know a restaurant owner with a membership, I'd suggest you borrow their card!
Went by the Walmart in Severn. They had packers for $2. Looks like a lot of fat on there, like 1/2" thick. Well at least I know where to buy, now just got to study up on the how to.
That Restaurant Depot would be field day for me. Too bad I don't have the credentials. Maybe I could hang out in front like an underage kid in front of the liquor store.
I was in SysCo today. It is a restaurant supply store open to the public. Location is US route 1, south of route 100 by less than a mile -- on the right heading south, next to a flea market. They have lots of good things and are worth putting on your radar if you live anywhere close by. Today, I spotted what looks like the guys here are calling a packer brisket priced at $2.09 per pound. They did not have weights on them, but I'd guess well more than 10 pounds. Had a *lot* of fat on it, especially at the wider end.
Hope that helps.