General meat pricing(not on sale) - what is a good deal?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mgwerks, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. mgwerks

    mgwerks Smoking Fanatic

    I've been paying $1.69-$1.89 for butts and $1.99-$2.69 for spares, not counting any sales I run across. Now, I have spoken with an acquaintance who says he can get me case lots at $1.00 and $1.46, respectively.

    Is this a decent deal, or are there other places I might do better? I have not checked places like Sam's or Costco, and don't know if they "enhance" their meat. This is not for a business, and I have no tax number. This is mainly because I love spares and am making more sausage. I don't mind buying a case at a time.
     
  2. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For my area both of those would be very nice prices.
     
  3. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    In two words, hell yes!

    beard
     
  4. eagle

    eagle Fire Starter

    You should be able to get Butts on sale for about 99cents to $1.09 per pound. That price for spares is about right. $1.46 for a 30# box of spare ribs is pretty good.
     
  5. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Here in Billings, you can get a pair of very nice 7-lb buts cryopacked for $1.39/lb at Costco. Not a sale price. Just their price right now. They're not enhanced with a solution. Nice pieces of meat (not that I'm an expert). Spares at Costco are @1.99.

    I've always found that the quality of meat at Costco is far better than the grocery chains we have (Albertsons, etc.) and generally better than the local meat shops in town. But that's just my experience here.
     
  6. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    At Sam's last Sunday I paid $1.28lb. for a two-butt pack:



    Spares here run $1.99 to $2.99lb, so both prices are very good! Wish I could find a wholesaler here who offered such good pricing!
     
  7. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Today at Sam's Club here, butts are $1.38 and I think the spares were $1.78. That's their everyday price.
     
  8. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Hell that is what I pay at Sam's. I would want to see the product before I commit to anything, but it sounds like a deal to me.
     
  9. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In Central Ca here. I buy meat on sale ONLY. I pay 0.99 to 1.09 for butts. Ribs go for 1.29 to 1.79. Again, sale prices only. I have a mom and pop grocery that carries good pork. Whole chix are usually 0.99 and thighs go for 1.09. Beef is more pricey, but nothing new there.
     
  10. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sam's Prices not on sale or case price
    Butts 1.21
    brisket 1.46
    spares 1.78
    baby back 2.74
    loins 1.99

    Case prices and sales run MUCH lower, and NONE of it is ehanced
     
  11. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just asked my wife about this. She says we have a sale going in a nearby town for $0.99/lb for butts (normally $1.79-$1.99) and $1.99 for Baby Backs (normally $3.99). Spares are @ $1.99 also...I think we'll skip them, as they are normally a bit less @ Sam's.

    Eric
     
  12. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I only buy sale items and stock up. If it aint on sale forget it.
     
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    have to agree w/ ron on this one .
    If it ain't on sale i'll wait.
    Picked up a nice whole pork loin for $1.99 lb and happened to look at the tenderloins sitting next to them .Also marked $1.99 lb .
    Yes i bought 7 of them. Also picked up my food saver at wally world to freeze all this meat.
     

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