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JLeonard

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So if you have a choice between PRIME and CHOICE full packer brisket at about a dollar difference in price, Which would you go for? And why?

Jim
 
I look it over before I even look at the grade , and buy what looks good and passes the bend test .
I buy a lot of beef that is " No Roll " means it hasn't been graded . Never any issues for me . I've also never had prime , so maybe I'm missing out .
All the briskets I buy have been choice . Remember too , that the grade is on a scale .
Can have a grade of choice but be at the high end of the scale just before the prime stamp .
That's why I look it over before looking at the grade stamp .
This is a choice brisket . Nice and thick from end to end . Good marbling too .
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where do you buy your brisket at? Ive not had good luck at the local butcher as they always seem to always have a small cut piece thats trimmed, but is overdone in a few hours.
 
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Thanks folks for the input. The fella that does the floors where I do my side gig has tasted the flats that I have taken up there for us to eat on. He's asked me to do a full packer for him this weekend. Going to get it put on Early Saturday am to take to him Sunday. I can only hope I find one as pretty as the example chopsaw chopsaw has.

Jim
 
Jim , If you haven't looked through Gary's old threads you , give them a look . He has some great info in there , even for the experienced brisket guys .
 
I've done both, more Choice than Prime. The few Primes I've done seemed a bit more dry than the Choice. Always do the exact same things when cooking. For that small price difference, I'd go for the Prime as well though.
 
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I'd go prime for the most part, but you also have the "upper 2/3rds" choice like Certified Angus Beef, that are generally very close to prime. Also a Creekstone Farm's choice is better than a Sam's prime. It's not always clear cut.
 
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I'm in the camp of generally $1 more for prime is worth it provided it's not already an arm and a leg AND it matters what you choose no matter the grade.
Market Street (a very small chain here) has $0.99/lb Select grade brisket on sale here. Later today I'm going to go dig through a and get 2 good ones that will easily be Choice quality. This place usually has like 40-50 to dig through.

Gonna do these 2 for Christmas. 1 for my family and one for the new ol' lady's family who just sold their house and are in an Air BnB over the holidays. I bet they will love having an well done 100% Mesquite smoked brisket to eat on while being unable to easily cook for a couple of weeks.
Also gonna give them a big bottle of Rudy's BBQ Sause which should be one hell of a Christmas gift (at least in my eyes) lol.
 
I'm in the camp of generally $1 more for prime is worth it provided it's not already an arm and a leg AND it matters what you choose no matter the grade.
Market Street (a very small chain here) has $0.99/lb Select grade brisket on sale here. Later today I'm going to go dig through a and get 2 good ones that will easily be Choice quality. This place usually has like 40-50 to dig through.

Gonna do these 2 for Christmas. 1 for my family and one for the new ol' lady's family who just sold their house and are in an Air BnB over the holidays. I bet they will love having an well done 100% Mesquite smoked brisket to eat on while being unable to easily cook for a couple of weeks.
Also gonna give them a big bottle of Rudy's BBQ Sause which should be one hell of a Christmas gift (at least in my eyes)

Whoa, we have market street here. I may have to check that out and see if we have the sale. I'll pick one up and grind it.
 
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$4.98/lb around here would be a steal for choice nevermind prime.
Wow, I am truly shocked. I remember the good ole days when I could pick up a whole packer for $0.49 a pound but now-a-days I typically find choice for about $2.50 a pound. On sale for $1.99 a pound. I just picked up a Prime 20 lb whole packer at Sam's for $4.98 a pound for our family Christmas party this Sunday.
 
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My local Kroger has/had brisket (3.99/lb choice (black stamp) packer) cheaper per lb than other roasts $4.99-8.99/lb. I'll wait for 2.99/lb then grab 2. Still sitting on a 24lb monster in the freezer
 
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I look it over before I even look at the grade , and buy what looks good and passes the bend test .
I buy a lot of beef that is " No Roll " means it hasn't been graded . Never any issues for me . I've also never had prime , so maybe I'm missing out .
All the briskets I buy have been choice . Remember too , that the grade is on a scale .
Can have a grade of choice but be at the high end of the scale just before the prime stamp .
That's why I look it over before looking at the grade stamp .
This is a choice brisket . Nice and thick from end to end . Good marbling too .
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Wow Rich, that looks like a Wagyu with that thin marbling.
 
Market Street (a very small chain here) has $0.99/lb Select grade brisket on sale here. Later today I'm going to go dig through a and get 2 good ones that will easily be Choice quality. This place usually has like 40-50 to dig through.
Holy crap at that price I'd be buying a deep freezer full!

Jim
 
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