Kurobuta Pork / Birkshire Hogs / "American Kobe" Beef????

Discussion in 'Pork' started by travisty, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


    Anyone try any of the Birkshire Farms, or Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork / Birkshire Hogs / "American Kobe" Beef?


    Just wondering if it is worth the price as compared to say a local butcher shop selection. It looks mighty tasty, but not sure I want to spend that much on Ribs/ Brisket...
  2. smokinal

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

    Never tried it.

    What kind of prices are we talking about?

  3. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Well on their site they sell really anything. I mostly cook Baby Backs, briskey and Butt.

    I know lots of fancy restaurants use their meat, so wondering if any of the BBQ competitors use the stuff, as it is supposed to be the best. They feed the animals beer, and otherwise strictly control their diets, and give them massages and things.
  4. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    Forget Berkshire

    Mangalitsa and Iberico are where its at.

    I have some Mangalitsa coming in this week. I will post a QView of them soon
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Maybe a 60 day dry aged Wagyu steak grilled to perfection or a Kurobuta Pork Tenderlion kissed with heat and smoke to 135° and let climb to 140°F, is worth the stupid high price...But, there is NO WAY I would spend $11 per pound for a Pork Collar (Butt often just the Money Muscle, aka Coppa) that was going to smoke until it falls apart then douse with Finishing or BBQ Sauce. The whole point of Low and Slow or a Braise is to take the toughest, crappiest hunk of meat and make it juicy and butter tender. I have been around several guys in the Wine biz. It's has been frequently said, in many cases the difference between a $30 bottle of wine and a $300 bottle is the famous name on the label and the bragging rights of saying you can afford the $300 bottle. The dealers sell the $300 bottle and drink the $30 bottle...JJ 
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2016
  6. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


    Thanks for the comment. Very good point! Cant believe I didn't think about that myself, think that solves it for me. If I want to get a steak or a loin ill grab that otherwise stick to the butcher.

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