Brisket Flats & Points

Discussion in 'Beef' started by derrikmo, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Why is it that all of the chain grocers regularly market brisket flats but you never see the points in the meat case?  What do the meat cutters do with all of those points?   I would love to be able to buy just the point for a smoke as all of my family and friends seem to prefer the moister, more tender meat of the point.

    Has anyone ever tried to get just the point from a chain grocer?  Did you gave any luck?  I assume the smoking process would be the same as for a full brisket, correct?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm with you brother!

    I would buy the points all day long.

  3. idahobangbang

    idahobangbang Newbie

    Except the points have a lot of marbled fat in them.... I'll guess that they're grinding them into burger meat....

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  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think they don't think there's a big market for Points, because of the fat.

    They don't realize how many of us would choose the Points over the Flats any day!!!

    Like Al, I'd be all over them!!!

  5. wo44

    wo44 Fire Starter

    I am going today to see a butcher to hook me up with points    -- he says they usually grind them up - works for big chain

    So wish me luck in picking up some points.

    AL - so I don't have to PM you (lol) how would I smoke these??? Want to do them burnt ends

  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I probably would do a batch of burnt ends.

    But the point makes the BEST pastrami you ever ate.

    That is where they would go.

    We get Choice packers here for under $3 lb. I separate them & cure & smoke the point for pastrami, cut the flat in half & cure one half for corned beef.

    I think the flat cooked all day in a crock pot makes the best corned beef. With the other half I smoke it as smoked brisket. Sliced, chopped in chili or tacos, etc.

  7. wo44

    wo44 Fire Starter

    Got the point and a part of flat - 6llbs

    Family wants burnt ends as I'm the only one who likes pastrami except for mom and dad - wife and kids just DON'T KNOW

    This should happen sat or Sunday --- qview to follow
  8. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    I'm thinking most of the points are being made into corned beef. I see 5 CB points for 1 CB flat. And the points are usually a $1 or 2 cheaper per lb.

    The only way I can get points is if I go to my local butcher and order them. But there stupid expencive at $7.00 a lb.
  9. I don't ever think I have bought a flat, I always get Whole Packers


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