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any SAM'S Club members here?

RRPRRP Posts: 21,810
edited 4:11AM in EggHead Forum
We have no COSTCo stores within 170 miles which seem to be very popular with board members here. OTOH we have been members of SAM'S Club locally for years. It's OK - and after some reluctance - AND I DON'T KNOW WHY! - we are buying more and more meat there. A couple years back I noticed they were no longer carrying bulk 80% ground beef nor their preformed 80% burgers. When I asked the meat manager at the time he said "corporate" dictated that each store had to choose either offering 80% or 90%, but could no longer offer both. Our store opted for 90% which may be more healthy, but some uses IMHO beg for some fat like in 80%!

Today by some stroke of luck my wife ask one of the meat dept guys if they ever can get 80% and he replied -"no problem - we grind it and mix it here - how much do you want?" She had him grind up 6 pounds for bulk plus a dozen fat burgers! :woohoo:

Did everybody know this already?
L, M, S, &  Mini
And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
Dunlap, IL
Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!


  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I'm a member at Sam's and Costco. I never buy meat at Sam's. Their quality, at least in the stores I go to, is not as good, and the prices are generally higher.

    I get all my ground beef from a local butcher - he grinds to order right in front of me so I know what I'm getting.
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Didn't know that Ron but I use Sam's mainly for ribs, butts and subprimals, only meats that are cryovaced and am usually happy with them.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,673
    are these really the things you think about :huh:
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,810
    sorry zippy - guess I should have added a qualifier saying "Move along people - nothing here to see - UNLESS YOU ARE A SAM'S Club member!" which was ALL that I was hoping to share. ;)
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • field handfield hand Posts: 420
    We shop at Sam's and buy some meat there. In our area, St Louis/St Charles, we think their meat prices are very competitive. In general we've had good luck with the quality. The Chesterfield Sam's has stopped offering extra thick cut pork loin chops which had always been available. Butcher told us they were available with a couple days notice to the meat dept, but wouldn't be stocked in the coolers due to management decision. ???

    Marthasville, MO
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    I shop st Sam's often. They have always had choice beef, which is one notch above the 3 grocery stores I have to choose from. Their pork is outstanding.

    A couple of years ago they switched to "choice Angus", and I'm okay with that, but I don't really care about the breed... as long as it grades high.

    If you're a Business Member, you can show up early, (right after the snow plows clear the lot) and get some special treatment, then get out the door in about 15 minutes.

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Thanks for posting this. I'm a Sams member,too. My store only stocks the 90% ground beef. I didn't know you could ask them to grind 80-20. Thanks for the info!
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Maybe that's my problem . . . I never get there right after the plows clear the lot! I'll have to try harder. :blink:

    As far as I know our Sam's has always carried both 80% and 90% ground beef. Their meats and prices are much better then the local supermarkets.


  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    I buy pork tenderloins and some beef cuts at Sam's, but no ground beef. Everyone has their own preferences, but I only buy ground beef at The Fresh Market - I know it is ground there and safely. My husband says I'm too picky about chicken- but I only buy chicken at Fresh Market too. It is fresh, not frozen. I go to a lot of trouble over meats, and is it injected, is it fresh - I've even bought organic - and then what do I do - grab some sausauge or brats (both full of sodium and fat). What's a girl to do???? :silly: :woohoo: ;)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I am a Business member.Go in early,get what I need and leave before the hoards get there.I do not buy ground beef.I grind my own.I do buy their Chuck Rolls for that though.I have been Very pleased with the quality of everything I have purchased there.We have a Costo not too far away.I have been there a few times but was LESS than impressed.
  • Asking is the key...actually, asking the right person turn out to be just lucky. I like to buy my eye of the round roasts at Sams when I can find the right person.

    They have their trimmed roasts out for something like $3.60/lb but if I catch the right person they will sell me untrimmed kryovak bags of it for about $2.30/lb.

    Just my observation,

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,716
    i dont go to sams and costco is too far, but my butcher will wrap me up a pound or two of fat if i ask and its no charge, i grind that up and add to the burger if i need fattier stuff. my dog is on a low protien diet and gets his small burger portion at 50/50 or greater fat content mixed with sweet potatoes. its kind of funny when your buying ground chuck and your butcher mentions he has some good tasty sirlion fat to add to that :)
  • AngelaAngela Posts: 543
    I'm a member but only because the nearest Costco is a a days drive away. I miss Costco. Sam's does not compare. Didn't know they grind their hamburger there, but we grind our own at home because I refuse to buy preground. There is a lot of Sam's meat I will not buy. Don't trust the quality.
    Egging on two larges + 36" Blackstone griddle
  • danny285danny285 Posts: 360
    Im a Sam's business member and am very happy with the meat selection, but i get my ribs at Kroger because i can get a single rack instead of the 3 pack at sams's. And to my knowledge there are no Costco's any where near Arkansas.
  • Rolling EggRolling Egg Posts: 1,995
    I'm a Sams member as well and do quiet a bit of shopping there. As of about two weeks ago (last time I was in) our Sams still carried 80% and 90% ground beef. I've always been extremely happy with any meat I buy there. The two packs of butts are always cheaper than any grocery store around. They also run babybacks and spares on sale sometimes at very good deals. Also all the pork I buy at Sams has always been un-enhanced, and most of what I see in grocery stores have always had the solution added. Ditto on the business club member. It does give you some shopping time before the store opens to the general public. As far as I'm concerned, that extra 15 or 20 bucks you pay for the business card is well worth it. Our Sams on a Sat afternoon looks like Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey on steroids. There's more clowns in there than you can shake a stick at!
  • MACMAC Posts: 442

    In Lansing all we have is Sam's. The Detroit metro area has Cosco. I love the meat, fish and poltry at Sams. Always choice beef and thick cut. I buy eye of round to make my jerky. You can't beat . . Oh never mind.
  • FockerFocker Posts: 7,814
    When I've ordered spare slabs from butchers in this area they cut open an IBP cryo and charge almost double Sam's prices. When it comes to pork, I always go with Sam's.
    The pork is enhanced at all the grocery chains.
    I still support the local guy with beef and other items.
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • 2nd that ^.

    We have both Costco and Sams within a 15 minute drive from where we live. I recently got a Costco membership and didn't find much of what I was looking for (no Lump? really?). Meat prices were nearly identical between Sams and Costco, and the quality really looked the same too. I can get 80/20, 85/15, and 90/10 burger. I usually buy 85/15. If I want leaner burger, I go to my big chest freezer and pull out nearly 100% lean moose, elk, caribou, wild boar, or deer.

    Sams meat selection was better than the day I was at Costco.

    Unless my experience at Costco changes during this first year of membership, I'll be dropping that subscription without hesitation.

    We do have a Restaurant Depot about 20 minutes away, but I need to figure out what business form/paperwork they require to gain membership. When I stopped in a couple of weeks ago to inquire, the person at the customer services desk had no clue. I have to pay sales and use tax (for-profit).
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,810
    Just an observation - it appears that like many chain stores let alone restaurant franchise operations that there are "good" and "not so good" individual SAM'S as well as Costco. I didn't mean to start a debate and I'M GLAD I DIDN'T :laugh: .
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • SundazesSundazes Posts: 306
    I was a t Sams today. They had both 80 and 90 % ground beef. Must be a local thing.
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I think there boston butts and ribs are fine. I often get the choice steaks there and have great luck with them. I find there prices better and quality better than the grocery store barring one high end store that really does have killer meat.

    I've found if you catch them on ordering days they will order you a "case" of something they don't normally carry if it is available in the system that day. You have to be there though.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,810
    curious - would that "high end store" be a Fresh Market by chance?
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    No it is Dorothy Ln Market. A local chain of three stores
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