Having trouble finding a brisket

Discussion in 'Beef' started by stickyfingers, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I've been looking in my locla grocery stores for a brisket, but all I'm seeing is a corned beef brisket. Advice please.
  2. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My local grocery stores don't carry them either.I go to Sams or Walmart or Costco or Resturant Depot.. Or maybe there is a local meat shop? Good luck......
  3. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I've always expected to find such things at the same places you've looked. Imagine my surprise when I found full briskets (and lots of them) at our WalMart. I don't do grocery shopping there, but now I can usually find the larger cuts there when I don't feel like driving a couple towns over to the butcher shop.
  4. r 12

    r 12 Newbie

    I  have smoked several  corn beef brisket and all have turned out real good. you may want to try.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would go to some of them places that Mike (Jax Gator) said to look in. You have to be able to buy a good brisket somewhere in your town. So keep looking for you always want some good brisket for some really good entertaining grub.
  6. ryanhoelzer

    ryanhoelzer Smoking Fanatic

    I googled "upstate sc butcher" and found some stuff.  Where exactly are you?  There's an Anderson Butcher Shop I might have to stop at next time I drive by Easley.
  7. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I'm in  Spartanburg, SC. Did find a butcher Greenville....thanks for the idea. 
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2010
  8. ryanhoelzer

    ryanhoelzer Smoking Fanatic

    Let us know what you find.  I live in NC but work in GA alot so I pick stuff up along the way home all the time.
  9. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Maybe you can find a local rancher or wholesaler, too.  While they typically sell in bulk, sometimes you can custom-order specific cuts from them.  This is the case where I am -- I can call up the ranch on Monday and say "I need such-and-such", and he will have it fresh for me on Thursday.
  10. patriots

    patriots Smoke Blower

    For some reason up here in Boston, the local chain stores dont carry fresh brisket uncorned or pork butts. being in food service I buy direct from a large meat packer. When I have asked at the stores, they look at me like i have two heads. not alot of people do smoking in this area. There are some, but not untill I started did people on my block even now how to do it and how long and a labor of love it is. Now when I get the smoker going they know that good things are on the way. I always share, but not the burnt bits. lol
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep I always hit up Walmart or Sams Club when I do a brisket.
  12. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I found a nice selection of briskets at a local Publix. Fresh not frozen.
  13. Sometimes my Shop-rite has them other times they don't.  I've got to give Walmart a try
  14. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    Get mine at Restaurant Depot here in NJ.
  15. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    Lucky for me I have a very nice market close by with a truly awesome meat department. It's chock full of good butchers and they will cut anything I want special for my  smoker. They have great meat there too. For anyone near me, Los Gatos, CA, or the SF bay area, it's a small chain called Larnadis. http://www.lunardis.com/

    However, I still do buy some stuff at Costco.

    Where in upstate SC, I went to HS in Cheraw?
  16. A little TidBit about Walmart meat (not sure about Sam's). It is pre-packaged days before it reaches there distribution centers, it may stay there for a few days before it reaches the store so they pump them full with preservatives. My wife found this out a few years ago when the company started changing structually after the Walton's were no longer running the business. I have bought the same cut meat there and at the local grocery store and there is a difference in look and in taste. I know several people, some Walmart employee's, who have stopped buying meat there because of this. Just a little heads up.
  17. flip

    flip Fire Starter

    Can't help the OP but it looks like they've found a butcher for their needs.


    I've been able to find flat's @ BJ's pretty reliably. Granted, they're smaller (4# to 6#) and no whole packers, but I'm there fairly often anyhow. Also, they've almost always got single packed butts. every now and again I can find the two pack.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2010
  18. Thanks for the heads up  Chiliehead
  19. lutznutz

    lutznutz Fire Starter

    Does Restaurant Depot require some sort of proof of business to use them?
  20. ptbrauch

    ptbrauch Newbie

    You could always talk to the manager of your local grocery store and see if he can order one for you.

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