Quest for Brisket Source Continues . . .

Discussion in 'Beef' started by ddave, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Still haven't been able to find a source for the packer trim brisket. Can't find them at my local Costco. Have a few more places to look though. The place that used to sell meat in a nearby town only does custom butchering now.

    Thought I had a line on one. Asked the guy at the meat department at Safeway if they could get them. He called today leaving a message saying they had one in. I called them back and it is only a flat. The manager tells me they can't get them with the point and the flat together.

    And, oh yeah, they want $4.79 a pound for it.

    I think I will keep looking.

  2. krusher

    krusher Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have been running into the same problems and prices that you have around here, cheapest I could find a flat is 3.29 lb. at sams. I called a smalltime meat processing plant by my house and he ordered a case and is going to charge me 2.49 a lb. Maybe you could look around for someone like that.

    Good luck.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Dave good luck in your search seems all I have been finding are packers and no flats but all are better priced than that
  4. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Where in Northern CA do you live?
  5. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  6. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    my albertsons here has them all the time in the bag for $1.99-packers
  7. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    About two hours north of Sacramento.

    I just did with the link that you posted . . . and the Raleys about 30 minutes away came up in the search. I will have to give them a call. Thanks.

  8. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Where at Dave? I am in plumas county. I saw some Packers at Walmart in Reno. Not sure if your close to reno or not.
  9. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have any local hispanic community stores (Mom and Pop type) they will sometimes have them.

    Good luck in your search
  10. Man, do I feel lucky and blessed living in Oklahoma. You can't walk into a grocery store or Sam's without a large plethora of meats to choose from at a decent price. The hardest part about shopping for a brisket is picking the right one and staying away from all the other meats I want to fill my freezer with.
  11. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    In Sacramento area there are a number of meat wholesalers that can obtain what you need. You will have to buy by the case but that means you can stock up and make the trip once a month or less. Do a google search for "Northern CA meat wholesale" and a list of the companies will show up. Makes some calls and you should be good to go.
  12. grouch

    grouch Newbie

  13. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Had the same problem here today, my local butcher has been very good to me the last year or so, and I always try there first. Seems as though his supplier can't get any right now. He said all the briskets they had last week went to Notre Dame![​IMG] WHAT!! Must be Big Charlie is very hungry![​IMG]

    So I had to drive 20 miles to the next town's meat locker to get a couple 10-12 lbers, but instead of $2.29 a lb. , I had to pay $2.69, so I had to cough up an extra 8 bucks, but at least I got some. Sam's and Wally's got em around here I would expect, but I don't shop there.
  14. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wal-mart sells them here......when they have them in stock, that is....they disappear almost as fast as they get them in. I've gotten 3 very nice 12 lb. packers from there....price is pretty good too...usually about $1.89/lb......dangit!! ya got me wanting to smoke another brisket!!.....[​IMG][​IMG]

  15. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am about 4 hours from Reno.

    There is one about 30 minutes away. Gave them a call and they think they have them. The guy didn't seem to recognize the term "packer cut" but said they have some big ones (like 15 pounds) and the sticker said "Nose On". Does that term mean anything to anyone? Sounds like we are on the right track and only $1.89 per pound.

  16. davidmcg

    davidmcg Meat Mopper

    Here is the problem with briskets that nobody is mentioning. Now I love brisket and smoke them all the time. But to the general public who doesn't know better briskets are three things. First being very big and most families are small or one/two people now a days. Second, many people have never been taught how to cook and slice a brisket so it is tender and tasty. Third, so many people now don't have time or want much faster gratification than it takes to smoke or cook a brisket in an oven. So what do processing plants and butchers do with meat that they don't believe they can sell? Hamburger folks. People who don't have very much time or want faster gratification turn to hamburger. But angus beef? Give me a break folks, most angus beef is too lean. Give me a hereford or charlais breed anyday and I'll show you meat with fantastic marbling and taste.
  17. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Looks like your on the right track. Good luck with that brisket hunt.
  18. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

  19. grouch

    grouch Newbie


    The briskets I have gotten from Cash & Carry have all been "primals". Full size briskets with one end thicker than the other. They are packed in a heavy duty sealed plastic bag right out of the box from the slaughter house. I do not remember the brand name. They cater to the restaurant industry.
  20. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is that the same as a packer?


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