I have read that prime meat of any kind, the best apples from here in WA. state, prime corn from Kansas, prime logs and just about anything else that is first class prime goes to Japan because they are willing to pay the price for it.
As far as meat goes, the resturants get second choice after Japan and we are stuck with what's left.
If you want excellent to great beef you have to pay for certified Angus and only a few places carry that. Other wise we have to settle for what we get and then try to pick out the best of that. Leaving the rest for those that either dosen't know any better or dosen't care.
The great thing about barbecue, you don't need prime meat to have an awesome meal.[p]Marv[p]Marv