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Where to buy pork bellies?

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by smoking shawn86, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. I would like to know where to buy whole pork bellies.Where I live bacon is getting too expensive were paying $4.25 a pound that is craze.I would like to start prepossessing my own bacon,pules it would give me a excuse to build a small smoke house.
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    If you have a local butcher...you might could ask there....or see if your local grocery store will order for you.  If you buy by the case...may get a cheaper price

  3. Smoking shawn, here in Washington and Oregon there is a place called Cash and Carry, they are open to the public and usually have frozen pork bellies. Cash and Carry is a division of Smart Foods, or something close to that name.

    I bought 1 about 2 weeks ago for the price of $2.49 per pound.

  4. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I got mine at the same place......same price......about a month ago.

  5. we have one local butcher,but no stores by that name all we have are big name supermarkets. 
  6. Smoking Shaun 86, I'm not sure where in so cal you are located but in chino there is a place called hottingers family meats. They've been around forever and would ether have or be able to get anything u could ever want. They butcher full animals and carry a lot of hard to find items.
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  7. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some of your larger grocery stores have a list they can order from. Ask the butcher and see what they are able to order. A local grocery (Publix) actually will order Wagu, but you have to wait a few days for it to be delivered. We do have one that carries it regularly, so no waiting if I ever get the crazy itch for at home. Also check some of the Mom and Pop ethnic stores. I get most of my smoking meat from a local Mexican store. At first they thought I was crazy for the amounts I would ask for, but now they will find me anything I want. Of course for a price on the items they don't regularly carry. To help me on the price I will talk with the lead butcher and find out the case size and buy the whole case and they will cut down the price a bit.
  8. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry forgot a part........

    If you search "buck board bacon" in the search area. You will find an alternative several members use. It also sounds to be a bit cheaper as well. I have not tried it yet, but it is on my list.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to go with some of the others...Between Pork Belly Chicharron and Asian Braised Pork Belly, the Southern Cali Mexican and Asian grocers have to have it...JJ
  10. thanks guys for the great post very helpful.
  11. I get mine from restaurant depot
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I live 3 miles from one but can't get a membership because I don't own a Restaurant or Catering biz anymore. I'm thinking this leaves most of us out in the cold...JJ
  13. You can get a free KCBS RD membership. Search on here, there is a thread about it. If you have any kind of business license you can get a membership. I have an auto repair shop with a RD membership.
  14. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    whole wallet...opps i mean whole foods has them
  15. They don't have them around here. Also, my local butcher could order them but wanted $6/lb
  16. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    they isnt bad....i dunno how much one weighs off the top my head but it cant be much more than a pound...kinda shallow on the inside
  17. Last one I bought was 5 or 6 lbs I think. RD is around $2/lb
  18. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    so iam probably wrong then...$6 is prob too expensive
  19. Last one I got was 19# and 2.99LB

     I had the local butcher shop order it. I give them a week notice on anything I ask them to order. I also take them a sample of what I'm doing. I have got them to slice it of me after the smoke for free. Also Asian markets here have smaller pieces. same price.

    If you get one with the skin on. Make some pork rind pellets.

    Happy smoken.

  20. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Many times you can use a pork butt for a pork belly; it is called buckboard bacon.  You bone out the butt and split it in half lengthwise not quite all the way through.  Cure it and smoke it, then slice it; it is much leaner and healthier and still tastes great!  Or, get a boneless pork loin half and make Canadian bacon!  More than one way to skin the pig..er, cat!  (See my link in my sig line that says Buckboard of some I did!  The boned out and split butts aren't real pretty, well, pretty ugly, but who cares, sliced it looks delicious!)
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2013