Costco meats thread (pricing and favorite cuts)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mummel, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    For me it's got to be the 5-7lb boneless pork butts they sell for $1.89 / lb.  Great quality stuff.  What are you guys buying?

     
  2. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Is eye of round good for making sausages?  Is it fatty enough?  Seems like it's a similar price as their ground beef and I would like to try an unground beef cut. 
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2015
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very little fat in eye of round.... you can always add bacon ends and pieces...
     
  4. kihler

    kihler Smoke Blower

    I agree with Dave. There is almost no fat in the eye of the round. You can use eye of the round if you buy some pork or beef fat and add it to the sausage. I think you need about 25 to 30 percent fat for good sausage. 
     
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't say I care for their boneless butts. Sure, they're a good price, but it looks like they hacked at them with an English broadsword. They're usually so badly mangled that I have to tie them back together to hold their shape. Ok if you're going to grind them into sausage, I suppose.

    I did buy recently some good 85/15 hamburger for something like $3.79 lb., and ground pork for around $2.89 lb. that was of very good quality. And of course, some Costcos are now selling skinless pork belly. I pick up some for $1.99 lb.
     
  6. When they say "by the case," does that mean you have to buy the entire box, which will end up being hundreds of dollars? 

    Do you guys know how much meat each box averages?
     
  7. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    "By the case" does mean the whole box. You get it a little less expensive per lb. that way. Price depends on what cut you're buying.
     
  8. looks like you only save a little bit of money but have to buy a whole lot! i agree about the boneless pork butt being mangled to death. last time i couldn't even figure out how to tape it back together. i've heard that you can sometimes request the bone-in version if you talk to the meat guys behind the glass, has anyone ever tried this w/success?

    my favorite meats from costco are:
    • lamb lion chops
    • rack of lamb
    • leg of lamb (why is the lamb from costco is so good)
    • new york steaks (not recently due to price, they've gone up in price by $2 to $3 per lb)
    • rib eye steaks (price.. [​IMG]  same with ny steaks..)
     
  9. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a great price.  Last bone-in butt I bought at Costco was about $4 a pound.

    Gary
     
  10. kihler

    kihler Smoke Blower

    I de bone my pork butts. It takes about 10 minutes, but the finished product looks good and can be tied very easy. I smoke the bones and use them for soup. Unless you need 10 + butts, doing the de boning is the only way to go.   
     
  11. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Man you local Costco's butcher must be a noob.  Check this one.  Out.  Never had an issue. 

     
  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm pretty sure that's the way they come from the meat packing plant. Usually in those boxes, 2 to a cryovac package.
     
  13. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I prefer bone-in butts. I think it tastes better, but that's my humble opinion. On a brighter note my local costco (Utica, MI) had a Prime brisket out in the cooler this weekend. I didn't catch the per pound price, but the total price was about $52 and it was a big packer! I think the Select packers were about $50 just 6 months ago. Woo hoo! Beef is finally coming down in price. (a little)
     
  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    It turns out Wegmans has $1.49 / lb everyday price, bone in butts without the cap, which is a better deal than Costco.  FYI.
     
  15. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I really like the Swifts loin back ribs. They are baby backs with some of the loin still on. Very meaty and great taste. There are 3 nice racks in a cryovac with the membrane already pulled. I didn't like the looks of the boneless butts, but that's ok because I like the bone-in better. They have some organic chickens that I bought. They had a funky taste and were small. I'm not buying chickens at Costco any more. I can't find regular ones there.
     
  16. gpb11

    gpb11 Meat Mopper

    Too bad the nearest Wegmans is a 1300 mile round trip!  I'll just have to settle with $1.68/lb at Sam's.:)
     
  17. will75

    will75 Fire Starter

    Anyone in tampa/brandon/clearwater area.. Do you know if they have bone in butts or should i just check wallyworld/win dixie... i can get them $1.50-1.75 a pound sometimes from the dixie that are very nice with even good money muscles.  Not that i care about slicing. i just pull. But anyway, I figured costco would be a good source of butts..I guess not, if not bone in
     
  18. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Don't know about the Tampa area; perhaps they have different meat packers supply them. But up here in the PNW, Costco butts are de-boned.
     
  19. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Will.. I buy my bone-in Butts at GFS (Gordon Food Services).. paid $1.19 lb a few weeks ago.. they come 2 in a pack (twin pack)... you can buy by the single pack or the case... there are a few GFS's in your area... here's a store locator search I did for ya... They are geared towards restaurants but sell to the public.. best thing is ... you don't need a membership...

    https://www.gfs.com/en/gfsstore/locator
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2015
  20. will75

    will75 Fire Starter

    Thanks! I didn't know GFS sold to public. i know one is off of dale mabry..Debating on going today or tuesday. It's getting late now though, doubt i can hit costco and gfs to get all my supplies. Will keep it in mind!
     

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