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Packer cut or point only?

Hi All - I want to attempt my first brisket at some point soon, so I started shopping around for a packer cut.

I've seen a few at some of my local butchers, but they all seem to be point only, no flat.

Other than not having the option of making burnt ends, are there any drawbacks to smoking a point only cut?

Thanks,
Josh

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    Point only rocks.  I'd rather do two points than one packer.  Flats suck.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    You can make burnt ends with the point.
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  • You can make burnt ends with the point.
    Thanks - didn't know that.

    -- Josh
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 1,169
    Where did you find point only?

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  • absolutely- the point is awesome and that's what most people use to make burnt ends anyway. But 2 and use one for BE's

  • paqman said:
    Where did you find point only?
    Whole foods
  • Hi All - I want to attempt my first brisket at some point soon, so I started shopping around for a packer cut.

    I've seen a few at some of my local butchers, but they all seem to be point only, no flat.

    Other than not having the option of making burnt ends, are there any drawbacks to smoking a point only cut?

    Thanks,
    Josh

    Where are you at Josh? I am assuming TO

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,509
    Now I know where all the flat only cuts come from:) You are very fortunate if you can score points in a non-sporting event and w/o women involved!!!  Every time I ask "where do the points end up" as I live in a flat world (unlike Christopher Columbus) I never get a response, Thanks for the insights!  Enjoy!
    Louisville
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 1,169
    paqman said:
    Where did you find point only?
    Whole foods
    special order?
    are you sure it is brisket?
    when I first asked for a brisket to the butcher at the grocery store, he wanted to sell me sirloin tip... I had to go at a small local butcher shop and it was special order.  I've never seen brisket in a large surface grocery store (I'm in Ottawa).

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  • I've never heard of point only, but if it exists, I think that's worth it.  I have a packer on now (all I do, but about half of the flat will become scrap chopped BBQ.
  • Hi All - I want to attempt my first brisket at some point soon, so I started shopping around for a packer cut.

    I've seen a few at some of my local butchers, but they all seem to be point only, no flat.

    Other than not having the option of making burnt ends, are there any drawbacks to smoking a point only cut?

    Thanks,
    Josh

    Where are you at Josh? I am assuming TO
    Yes I'm TO. I was at the Whole Foods at Square One.
  • Starsky's in Mississauga has whole briskets. A brisket is kinda two meals, the flat on the day of the cook and burnt ends the next day.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    edited December 2012
    Most grocery stores get the cryopacked primals.  If there isn't a market for the primal, they cut it up, repackage it and sell it.  You can ask if they have a packer in the back and they'll usually be happy to check and sell you one (less work on their part selling it like that).  At least that's how they do it in the USA.
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  • I bought a whole brisket today. Be my first.
    Boom
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251

    I bought a whole brisket today. Be my first.
    I have a big one in my fridge a buddy bought for me for feeding his dog last weekend.  I told him I'd split it with him after I cook it, which will tomorrow (Sat) night.  I've so tempted to give him the flat...hahaha...he's got company coming in for xmas.  I'll try to be equitable.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • Not like that in Canada dude. They are hard to come by and carry a big sticker price.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    WTF is wrong with your groceries?  Price is high, so there must be demand, what, does burger meat cost more? 
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 1,169
    edited December 2012
    WTF is wrong with your groceries?  Price is high, so there must be demand, what, does burger meat cost more? 
    Ground beef sells at 20$/pound here.   Do you get it for less?

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  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 4,270
    nola, for your information/amusement, read this in case you haven't heard about it
    :)) the article says our cheese prices could be 3X what you pay :(
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/09/27/niagara-cheese-smuggling.html
    Vaughan, ON
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    Yah know, I did read about that.  I just didn't realize it was the same with beef.  That's terrible!
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 1,169
    Yah know, I did read about that.  I just didn't realize it was the same with beef.  That's terrible!
    I was kidding about the beef.  I cost more but not that much.  Some cuts like brisket and tri tips are hard to find (if not impossible).  Brisket here is only available on special order and often the grade is not so good.  It is available in some store in Toronto and Montreal but I have never seen it in Ottawa.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,251
    Ya got me.  After hearing about FedEx charging $10 to pay some $3 fee, I wasn't sure what to believe about your floppy-headed economy ;)
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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