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Discussion in 'Beef' started by upsman, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. upsman

    upsman Meat Mopper

    Why can you get Tri Tip in some areas and not in others?
  2. Apparently it gained popularity in California, but it really hasn't caught on east of the Mississippi yet. At least according to Rachlen.
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  3. drunkenmeatfist

    drunkenmeatfist Smoking Fanatic

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  4. upsman

    upsman Meat Mopper

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  5. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For the same reason(s) many cuts aren't readily available in some regions, mainly popularity.
    If a cut isn't popular it doesn't sell, if it doesn't sell the butcher doesn't stock it.
    There has to be a demand.

    Here in South Bama there isn't a huge demand for Tri-tip, but recently enough demand has been generated to induce one of my local butchers to order it now.
    Yay for me! Cause I'm a transplanted SoCal and Tex boy and love Tri-tip.

    Example: Ribeye cap steak has recently become a BIG thing here, 6 months ago never saw it here.
    Now the butchers either order it or cut it off the whole Prime grade rib roast before cutting steaks.
    This at the expense of those of us who now are being offered smaller ribeye steaks trimmed of the cap.
    I'm having to request Prime grade ribeyes without the cap removed at Costco.
    They now get two high demand Prime graded cuts of steak from what was one, more profit for them.
  6. bregent

    bregent Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I almost picked up some Prime Cap steaks today at Costco. They really looked nice but couldn't pull the trigger for $18+ /lb.
    I did get a few packs of USDA Prime Tri-tips though - $7.99 not the lower price I've seen but not too bad.
  7. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My local Wegmans had Tri Tip reduced. Was $6.89 lb. "was just a little over 3lb"
    No bargain...but I wanted one for valentimes day. I don't really find them there to often.