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CAB vs Costco Briskets

Hey guys,

As our Costcos in Ga are now regularly stocking prime full packers, I've been able to get a lot more practice in.  Recently I've also been trying some CAB Prime Briskets from a meat market (Pattons) whenever they go on sale for $3.99 a pound (between 50 cents to $1 more per pound than Costco). 

It may be in my head, but I'm getting better beef flavor and seem to have a wider finish window with the CAB.  Even the flat is juicy for me.

Has  anyone else experienced this?  I know the CAB is a bit of a marketing thing, but it's been hard to argue with the quality of these cuts.   

Curious what you guys have seen... 
Milton, GA 
XL BGE & FB300

Comments

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,782
    edited October 2017
    The CAB prime (all other things being equal) should be a higher quality cut than the straight-up Costco prime.  Your results support that, again factoring in all the cooking process variables.  If you can get better quality at a good (to you) price then go for it.  
    I have not been able to find CAB prime cuts here so no direct comparison but whenever I go up or down a grade from prime the results speak for themselves.  FWIW-
    Edit:  here's a lengthy but informative read:
    http://amazingribs.com/recipes/beef/zen_of_beef_grades.html  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • GoooDawgsGoooDawgs Posts: 654
    Thanks Lou - I agree.  I see it as Costco Prime Briskets < CAB Prime Briskets < SRF Black Briskets.   I'll pay the $1 more for the CAB to hold over between the SRFs
    Milton, GA 
    XL BGE & FB300
  • This is one of the areas where paying a little more from the local guy is the way to go IMO.
    Gittin' there...
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,009
    Its the cook + the product = end results ...a lower product quality tests  your skill sets . and one can still ruin a great product..have faith in you
    Visalia, Ca
  • GoooDawgsGoooDawgs Posts: 654
    lkapigian said:
    Its the cook + the product = end results ...a lower product quality tests  your skill sets . and one can still ruin a great product..have faith in you


    Milton, GA 
    XL BGE & FB300
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,009
    GoooDawgs said:
    lkapigian said:
    Its the cook + the product = end results ...a lower product quality tests  your skill sets . and one can still ruin a great product..have faith in you


    Ha!! Honestly. CAB Prime Choice all pretty close ..the stuff is graded before the animal is dead 
    Visalia, Ca
  • GoooDawgsGoooDawgs Posts: 654
    I had no idea meat was graded before the animal is dead.  How is that possible if you can't see the marbling?
    Milton, GA 
    XL BGE & FB300
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