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raw ABTs @ $12 a pound?

RRPRRP Posts: 24,123
While meat shopping Fri I saw a display of raw ABT’s which I would not buy even if I had a wad of $100 bills in my pocket, as they were so poorly made and displayed!

I guess my question is:
are ABTs becoming so commonplace that other eggers here are also seeing them offered in grocery store meat display cases???
Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.

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  • TechsasJimTechsasJim Posts: 197
    Very common at our HEB chain.   They do them on the half shell rather than the whole pepper.  Varieties are cream cheese, sausage and brisket.   

    I made my own forever and still do occasionally but these are well made and normally not that expensive—routinely on sale.   
    LBGE, HCI 9.4, SE Texas
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,375
    Here in flyover country the pre-made half boat ABT's (cream cheese only) have been available in the Kroger stores for 3-4 years.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 11,158
    $12 is not the price of the ABTs. It’s the profit margin on LAZY! Ha Ha
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,678
    That's nuts. HEB had prime tri-tip for $8/lb the other day. They've had pre-made ABT's for many years, but I don't recall them being outrageously priced. Tried them a few times, and they were pretty good. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
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  • dmouratidmourati Posts: 1,077
    I'm not really a price-based food shopper but I wouldn't buy pre-made ABTs. 

    The type and amount of bacon, the proportion to the other ingredients, and the size of the jalapenos are all a matter of taste. I prefer to have control over these variables. 
    Mountain View, CA
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 584
    My very first egg cook was pre-fab ABT's. I remember it like it was yesterday...

    I was so excited to cook on it, but I needed to find something that was fast, easy and cheap in case I screwed it up, so when I saw the Kroger ABT's, I grabbed them. 

    It was all about wanting to cook on my new toy.

    But, they weren't $12 a pound.  I am like those ABT's; fast, easy, but mostly cheap!


    Clinton, Iowa
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,738
    We’ve bought the HEB ones a few times, usually a last minute call to come bbq at a friends house.  Quick rewrap of the bacon the they definitely do the job.  Serves a purpose when you’re caught short on time.
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 13,587
    The biggest issue with the pre-constructed abt is that in order to do a proper job of wrapping them, the bacon needs to warm up and be stretched a bit. That ain’t gonna happen in the store. Result is loosely wrapped bacon that doesn’t really give you the best presentation. They usually eat just fine in a pinch though. Just not very pretty.  
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 28,085
    im pretty fast at punching out abt's now but if i included labor cost into the first few batches then 12 bucks would have been cheap. if i want to get lazy now i just cook the bacon fist and add it to the cream cheese mix....as good, no....good enough is sometimes a win
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 410
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,123
    RyanStl said:
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
    Schnucks perhaps?
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,171
    RyanStl said:
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
    Great way for meat departments to get rid of expiring food....prep it into something new.
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  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,738
    Those chicken breasts swimming in marinade that look so easy.
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 13,587
    RyanStl said:
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
    Great way for meat departments to get rid of expiring food....prep it into something new.
    Just like a chef does at the restaurant. 😜
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,171
    RyanStl said:
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
    Great way for meat departments to get rid of expiring food....prep it into something new.
    Just like a chef does at the restaurant. 😜
    See @stike RE: best by date vs safety.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,171
    Or that other guy @PigBeanUs knows something about that.
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  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 410
    RRP said:
    RyanStl said:
    They have them in St. Louis next to the overpriced premade kabobs.
    Schnucks perhaps?
    Yes, I mainly shop at Schmucks, but Dierbergs likely has them too.  I've never bought them.
  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 871
    prepared-food prices rarely have much to do with the cost of the food that goes into it.

    slice of bacon, some cheese, half a jalapeno... cheap.

    standing there making the things for two hours? that's the real expense.




  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,375
    Checked today at the local Kroger-priced at $10/lb.  Did not buy.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,738
    By the pound doesn’t make sense.  Do the math and figure the each price.
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 871
    Legume said:
    By the pound doesn’t make sense.  Do the math and figure the each price.

    or do the math and figure the price by weight

  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,123
    edited October 12
    I know I started this thread, but afterward I had a flashback to maybe 6 years ago having seen a tray of ABTs at Costco. While I forget the price I do recall that they really looked quite sloppy and haphazardly made like by some drunk. B)

    I have never seen them there ever again.
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 11,738
    PigBeanUs said:
    Legume said:
    By the pound doesn’t make sense.  Do the math and figure the each price.

    or do the math and figure the price by weight

    If you’re not figuring it out by volume, you’re just wasting my time.
    I do not have any broken or spare parts for any size egg.
  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 871
    RRP said:
    they really looked quite sloppy and haphazardly made like by some drunk. 
    So. They looked as authentic as those in the BGE forum!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,375
    Early in the game at Kroger they were selling for $1 per ABT.  I'm sure the number crunchers figured that you could go less than 10 for a $10/lb price point.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 410
    I made ABTs this weekend using small  plabano peppers. I didn't like them as much.  I also didn't pay enough attention in the bacon Isle and accidentally bought sausage strips.  Never heard of a sausage strip before; not as good as bacon.
  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 871
    Bacon Isle. 

    Had a vacation planned there pre-Covid. Nice to know the place is rocking again. 
  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 410
    Maybe I'll recognize some of your family members.
  • TechsasJimTechsasJim Posts: 197
    Just checked HEB, non sale price $8.49/lb.   

    Laziness factor is about 1.5 so I went for it.   
    LBGE, HCI 9.4, SE Texas
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