Pork belly costs?

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by billm75, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. billm75

    billm75 Smoke Blower

    hey guys, for those of you who buy pork belly to turn into bacon, how large of a piece of meat are you getting and roughly what does it cost you?

    I found one place online that's wanting nearly $50 for 8lbs of pork belly.  If that's how much I'm going to pay for bacon, I think I have to stick with Buckboard style when I get started here soon.

    Any input is appreciated, and no, I haven't checked with the butcher shop just yet.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Check with the butcher shop!!  They should be happy to order a 3 piece (1/2) case for you.  About 13lbs per slab  so about 40 lbs of green bacon.   Cost depends on price of pork.  I paid 1.69 lb 3 months ago and 1.89 lb last week.   If you find a smaller butcher willing to work with you and you develop a good relationship with them they will usually do anything they can for you.  In this instance I think the Mom and Pop shop is the place to go. 

  3. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Where do you live?

    In  Atlanta 2.49 is the normal price for skin on large pieces.
  4. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Last one i got was 10lb @ $2.29
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    What they are chaeging you (over $6 lb ) is rediculos. You can buy some really great bacon allready smoked and sliced for that.

     If i had to pay that for bellies i wouldn't bother.
  6. billm75

    billm75 Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys, that base pricing helps me a bunch.  I'll be giving the butcher a call this week.

    I'm in Columbia, SC, and like I had mentioned, I haven't checked around much locally.  But I plan to now.
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  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I last paid 2.99  a pound. Well worth it. Ain't nothing like homemade.
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Last time, I paid 2.69 lb.
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last time it was about $2.60 #  I am picking up 20# tomorrow so I will let you know
  10. Hi all,

    I live in Gainesville, GA and am trying to find a place local to buy Pork Belly but so far have had no luck.  I'd like to avoid driving in to Atlanta if I can (moved up here to get away from those 20 mile 2 hour commutes)!

    I've been through the phone book and called all the local butchers/supermarkets I can find with no luck.  Any help would be sincerely appreciated!  I *will* drive to Atlanta if I have no other choice!!

    Thanks folks,

  11. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Check w/ any hispanic or oriental mkts around .I have found that the hispanic mkts that have a butcher shop usually have pork belliies.
  12. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There is a new Super H Mart in Suwanee.


    Have fun. I have a few posts about my shopping experience there. See the butcher, negotiate the price for the big piece.

    OH Yeah ..the help dont speak much english.

    Have a great day

  13. Thanks for the quick replies.  I will see if the roads are clear enough to run down to Super H today -- since I'm officially off [​IMG]

    Craig, I read elsewhere that you made some bacon using BC's recipe -- would you have a link to that?  I've read enough to where I think I'll do fine - but if you have one you love I'd love to give it a try!

    Thanks much guys -> looking forward to my first batch of bacon....then it's off to find juniper berries for pastrami!!
  14. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  15. Your local homebrew shop may have juniper berries. Mine does.
  16. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I generally have to pay 2.25-2.59 for bellies tho last year I did get some wholesale for 1.04 a lb. I'm hoping to get a good price on some soon as I'm now out of bacon [​IMG]
  17. We have a place here that is a meat purveyor, you know the place that all the local restaurants buy their meat from.  They have a store on the side of the building and they have the best prices in town by far. 

    I bought a 11.5# belly from there last week and paid $1.79/lb

    on a side note, I bought a 10lb box of chicken wings there for new years and only paid $1.49/lb....that's awesome....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  18. billm75

    billm75 Smoke Blower

    You paid $1.49 for 10lbs of wings???  Man, I'd be living in some wings for that price.
  19. I found some at Fergusons Meat Market (http://fergusonsmeatmarket.com/).  Guy named John there has it for $1.99 lb for 10 lbs... less if you buy more.
  20. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    One of my local grocery stores has it on for $1.59 per pound. Shoulder & Ham is going for .99 per pound right now.

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