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Brisket from Walmart. Any good?

alelover

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

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I quite often use them with no complaints
 

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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.
 

alelover

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 
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alelover

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This one looks good. The other side is covered with over a 1/4 inch of fat.



 

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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
 

alelover

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You can always remove fat but you can't put it back on. Fat is good. Except on us humans.
 

les3176

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i get briskets from wallyworld there cheap and good.when i cook for family i will got to my butcher.
 

alelover

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I just went and got a 12.23 pounder. I'll start a different thread showing what I do to it.
 

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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.
 

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

Good luck and good smoking.
 

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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. 
 

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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.
 

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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.

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.
 

frosty

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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.
 
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