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The Price of Brisket and Gold

PhotoProPhotoPro Posts: 47
edited August 2011 in EggHead Forum
Don't see a lot of difference any more.  We went to Publix and bought a 6.5 pound chunk of flat for $50.00.   What has happened?  Brisket used to be the cheap cut along with flank steak and chuck.  I used to buy 16 pound packers because they were cheap and I could feed a lot of people for a few dollars.  Soon I'll be switching to gold leafed caviar to save money.  :)

Where can I get decent prices in SW Georgia?  I feel sorry for the competing pros.  You have to make reserve champion just to break even on meat!


  • BotchBotch Posts: 4,333
    Wow, I haven't seen a price like that, but I haven't bought a brisket in a couple months.
    I wonder if the severe draught, and the massive cattle selloff, in Texas has something to do with it.  
    Live fast, die young, and leave a well-marbled corpse.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • OblioOblio Posts: 53
    Kroger in Macon has been having packers for $2.49/lb.  When I'm lucky they discount the cryovaced packer the day before I plan to smoke it.  Publix, at least here in middle Ga is usually quite a bit higher than Kroger.
  • This weekend I did my first full brisket and picked it up from Kroger.  1.49/lb. in Denver, I spoke with my uncle and he picked up his last brisket a few weeks ago and got it for 1.99/lb from Sams Club and he lives in Alpharetta Ga.  

    Meat prices have been all over the board this summer from what I have seen, I think it is partially due to the drought conditions that have been present in the south plains would be my guess.
  • SpoonSpoon Posts: 328
    I am in ATL and am picking up a brisket this week. Most of the prices I have seen are between 1.99-2.49.
    "Pork so tender you can pull it with a spoon." ~Spoon
  • It's about $4.99 per lb. in San Diego, CA.  I'll have to call around.  For that much money, I'd rather buy some steaks..
  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,035
    Having worked for a meat company, one of their brands is Ranchers Choice (Safeway) and Excel Beef (Sam's club, Walmart and some grocery chains.) and the quality is usually top notch, prices do tend to inflate during severe droughts.

    The greatest benefit we had was being able to buy meat really cheap - one time they had some hamburger (90% stuff) for .15/lb.. I got 80 lbs. 
  • OMG EggsOMG Eggs Posts: 118
    Cash and Carry on Seattle usually has large choice packers for 2.20/lb or so.
  • Egg JujuEgg Juju Posts: 658

    Was it organic?  Thats about what I see per pound for organic antibiotic free grass fed and pastured beef around here.  Costco... about what the others have said. 

    Maybe it was mis-priced?

    Large and Small BGE *
  • It's about $4.99 per lb. in San Diego, CA.  I'll have to call around.  For that much money, I'd rather buy some steaks..
    Windnsea  - Check around and see if you can purchase it without the butcher trimming it up.   I find that when the butcher trims up the brisket the price almost doubles while you can trim it up yourself for far less.
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