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Brisket from Walmart. Any good?

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by alelover, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. I saw briskets the other day at Walmart for 1.98 a pound. Looks like a good deal. Anyone know the quality of them?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I quite often use them with no complaints
  3. They looked pretty good. 10-12 pounders.
  4. I think they are the vacuum packed whole packers like you get at Sam's.  As long as they don't say "enhanced with a ....solution" on the label, they should be fine.
  5. Thaks guys. I think I may give it a whirl. I've been wanting to do a brisket but at 3.99 a pound I wasn't too motivated. At 1.98 I'm getting motivated.
  6. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've bought them at Wally World before & they were fine. I prefer to get them at Sam's, but the nearest Sam's is an hour drive. You can't beat $1.98
  7. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Walmart is the only game in town here if you want one for smokin. Everyplace else will trim the fat to a 1/8" and sell it at 4.50 a pound. to me it ain't no good with out the fat. I've never had an issue with them either.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  8. This one looks good. The other side is covered with over a 1/4 inch of fat.


  9. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    That's about normal for Wal-Mart packers around my parts.

    I have done them before, and I have 2 in the fridge ready to do tomorrow.

    The Excel packers have a heavier fat cap on them than the ones I get from my local butcher, but they’re good
  10. You can always remove fat but you can't put it back on. Fat is good. Except on us humans. [​IMG]
  11. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    i get briskets from wallyworld there cheap and good.when i cook for family i will got to my butcher.
  12. I just went and got a 12.23 pounder. I'll start a different thread showing what I do to it.
  13. I just smoked a 16 pounder from Walmart and it was excellent. You just have to look at them all and pick one out that is very flexible to ensure that it will be a tender one.
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lots of people use them successfully!  We do low and slow to make lesser cuts great.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  15. smokin vegas

    smokin vegas Smoking Fanatic

    I was never that impressed with Walmart meat.  If you are near a Smart and Final go there they have excellent meat cheaper than most others.  Their tri tip is incedible only $3.19 a lbs. 
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have used a brisket or two from wally world and I have no complaints so far. I just have to me better places to buy my meats. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to get the meat you need.
  17. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I buy all of my brisket at either Walmart or Sam's club.
  18. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member


  19. It should be the same brisket you get at Sams Club and I've purchased 100s of those without complaint one about quality or freshness.  Expect it to come with the fat untrimmed.  I personally prefer to smoke them that way.  It takes a bit longer but I feel it keeps more moisture in the meat.  Dice and slice the fat cap to get your rubs working down to the meat.  It's self basting, so pop it in the smoker and pull when ready.
  20. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    I generally try to stick to 10 - 12 pounds, but no real good reason, others say bigger is fine.  Low and Slow will be fine either way.