I was given 30 pounds of bellys 3 years back

Discussion in 'Pork' started by scotty, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

    I just ran out and want to buy a box to brine, smoke, slice and vacuum  pack I live in Lecanto Florida and am shocked at the prices I have been quoted  for a  box. Seems 4 to 5 dollars. can anyone direct me or advise me-- I tried emailing a wholesale house in Tampa an did  not get any response. :)
     
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That sounds expensive for bellies.  Did you contact a butcher and ask them to order a case for you.  Generally takes 2 or 3 days but I generally get a good price since they are not holding it and taking a chance on selling it.   Restaurant Depot had bellies at $ 2.65 lb yesterday
     
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ya know my planning does not seem too good. I was smoking bacon last August in the hot heat at night and I looked yesterday and could only find one pkg. in the freezer. But of course its getting warm now again.

    I am thinking this time I won't be so lucky on prices either...... or slicing or cryo pac'ing.

    Maybe have to buy a vac-seal this time.

    You know When ya add up all the equipment, that "less expensive" justification sort of blows out the window.......LOL BUT MUST SMOKE BACON>>>> BACON GUD!!!!
     
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm out also and if I don't do them in the next couple of weeks it'll be too hot, even at night

    I'm going to Toledo Bend Wed and I'll try and pass through Eunice.  Eunice has a pretty big butcher that normally has nice bellies in the display case, if not they should be able to hold a couple for me till Friday.
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's a great area for real butchers!
     
  6. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

    The  biggest  butcher said $3.85 and the publix  butcher said over $5. Boy what a let down.
     
  7. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

     I just did a search for restaurant depot and found  nothing. Is the name you gave  correct? :)
     
  8. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    www.restaurantdepot.com

    You need to get a card.  anyone with a business license can get them

    I'd continue to try smaller butchers in the area,  they can order you a case.  They may be that expensive in your area right now,  prices move pretty quick with the market.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  9. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

    OK thanks for the tips. :)
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Have you tried the butcher at Walmart/Sams? I assure you they can get them, and should be at normal market price. BUT you may have to buy a case. <shrugs>
     
  11. rexster314

    rexster314 Meat Mopper

    Bellies were 3.19 at the RD in Southwest Houston two days ago
     
  12. We all may as well get used to it.  ALL this is gonna go up, up, up. Beef in particular. I found some eye round and chuck roast @ 3.99 and bought 4 of each. I'll grind the chuck as needed and smoke/roast the eye but make it last.  Stuff I've heard is 20-40% increase in short order. $.02
     
  13. scotty

    scotty Smoking Fanatic

    I have  no problem with a case quantity;  but the best price I could find was 3.85 at a  butcher and--super wal mart was a  bit over $5 for a case. I found a  restaurant depot in tampa and Orlando Florida and I cant seem to find any meat or cod  cut products listed,. I must be  missing something. :)
     
  14. jaxrmrjmr

    jaxrmrjmr Smoking Fanatic

    Rest Depot was $2.06 about 6 weeks ago.  This week they were $3.09.
     
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd go in Monday throw that down and demand they double your wages! Well you have to get a little ahead for your self too don't ya? You want a raise because the bellies are going up! yeah yeah that's the ticket! Check the pork belly prices in the commodities, Sell! Sell! Sell its a run!
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014

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